Choosing to put your data products in a long-term repository can:
Data repositories vary in many ways including their specificity of topics and data types, requirements for submission, the types and formats of data they will accept, and level of curation. In general, you should (1) put your data where there are other similar types of data, and (2) include descriptive high-quality metadata that describes the dataset. Domain-specific repositories sometimes require adherence to standards for file formats and/or metadata, such as Ecological Metadata Language used by the ecology-focused Knowledge Network for Biodiversity, Darwin Core for biodiversity data, or the very general Dublin Core.
Here are a few potential repositories to consider, resources, and tools:
Dryad is one of several generic data repositories that is very flexible and can accept many forms of data. Dryad has a base charge $120 for hosting any dataset under 20 GB. Many journals have submission integration to coordinate reviewing and publishing manuscripts and data.
The Harvard Dataverse is another generic data repository that accepts individual files up to 2.5 GB and datasets up to 10 GB.
The Environmental Data Initiative hosts a data portal for environmental and ecological data, including data from Long-Term Ecological Research sites. As a domain-specific repository, it covers a narrower range of data but can offer more intense data curation with more ways to browse and search for data of interest.
Qualitative data can be hosted at the Qualitative Data Respository
The University of Maryland Library Research Data Services provides a detailed description of data management plans, including examples.
Github repositories can be assigned DOIs through Zenodo and serve as a long-term repository for models and code products. Some types of modeling communities may have specialized repositories, such as Open ABM for agent-based models.
Several journals specialize in data publications such as Scientific Data, and Earth System Science Data, whereas other journals have specialized article formats for this type of manuscript, such as Ecology data papers.
The Ecological Society of America has a list of resources and tools for data sharing here
The United States Geological Survey’s data management guidelines
White, E.P., Baldridge, E., Brym, Z.T., Locey, K.J., McGlinn, D.J. and Supp, S.R., 2013. Nine simple ways to make it easier to (re) use your data. Ideas in Ecology and Evolution, 6(2).
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