Below is the summary of the data repositories in different research areas adapted from the Library of Harvard University.
|Dryad||Biological sciences, basic and applied; a repository for datasets associated with published articles|
|GenBank||The NIH genetic sequence database, an annotated collection of all publicly available DNA sequences|
|ICPSR||Social sciences data|
|NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)||Climatic, geophysical and oceanographic data|
|Earth's frozen regions and their role in global climate|
|Open Context||Archeological data|
|Protein Data Bank||Worldwide repository of information about the 3D structures of large biological molecules|
|QDR: Qualitative Data Repository||Social sciences data|
|tDAR||The Digital Archeological Record|
|UK Data Service||Social, economic and population data|
Grant agencies like National Science Foundation (NSF) demands a compulsory data deposit policy. Some funders require data to be deposited in specific data centers like ESRC and NERC. Advice should be sought from funders or grant agencies for the accessibility of datasets to fulfill their specific requirement.
When you choose an appropriate data repository, you may consider whether your publishers and collaborators have any requirements for data deposit.
Mendeley Data is the University of Manchester's recommended general-purpose research data repository where no discipline-specific solution is available. Figshare is a general-purpose data repository which allow researchers to freely deposit up to 20 GB (single file size limit of 5 GB) of data and request a DOI for citing the dataset. Zenodo is another choice of general-purpose data repository.