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Data Repositories & Discovery Tools

Before you deposit data in a repository, check to see if there are specific requirements on subject domain, file format, sharing policy, metadata standard, etc.

When using data files from open access repositories, remember to read the license terms associated with the dataset and cite it in your publication.


HKUST researchers can deposit their research data in DataSpace@HKUST, which supports HKUST researchers in managing their data throughout the life of a research cycle: storing, sharing, managing, preserving and publishing research data.

Recommended Open Access Data Directories and Repositories

Data Directories

re3data – A global registry of research data repositories from different academic disciplines.
Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR) – A directory of institutional and subject-based repositories in the world.
Selected Discipline-Based Data Archives from University of Minnesota.
Selected Subject-Specific Data Repositories from Stanford University Libraries.

Life Sciences

Genbank – The NIH genetic sequence database, an annotated collection of all publicly available DNA sequences.
Protein Databank – A worldwide repository of information about the 3D structures of large biological molecules, including proteins and nucleic acids.

Social Sciences

Harvard Dataverse – Opened to all scientific data from all disciplines worldwide. It includes the world’s largest collection of social science research data.
ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research) – An international consortium of more than 700 academic institutions and research organizations, and archives more than 500,000 files of research in the social sciences. HKUST is a member.

Earth Sciences

DataOne – Comprises a distributed network of data centers, science networks or organizations, with a focus on Earth observational data.
IRI/LDEO Climate Data Library – Contains climate-related datasets from different countries and regions.

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last modified 27 November 2017