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Data Management: Data Repositories

Why Use a Data Repository?

A data repository is a centralized location to store and maintain data. Benefits of archiving your data in a repository include:

  • Files are managed and preserved long-term.
  • Your data is made more discoverable and accessible, leading to potential reuse.
  • A repository can serve as a backup if your data is lost.

Lists and Databases of Repositories

Thousands of data repositories exist, from the very broad to the very specialized. If those listed on this page do not match your needs, see the directories in this box for many more.