An Open Data Repository is a website which provides a framework and location for you to put your research data when your project is complete.
Open Data Repositories are usually focused on a specific discipline and will have standards for the formats of submitted data and the metadata that accompanies it.
Their use is two-fold:
- You can use an Open Data Repository as the end destination for your data so it can be archived and accessed in accordance with your Data Management Plan
- You, and other researchers, can use an Open Data Repository to access past experimental or research data for verification, longitudinal analysis, and meta-analysis.
This means that an Open Data Repository can be both a starting point, or an endpoint, for research.
We've collected a few discipline-specific repositories here for your convenience.