Deposit Data


Depending on the research discipline, data can often be deposited in one or more data centers (or repositories) that will provide access to the data. These repositories may have specific requirements in regards to: subject/research domain, data re-use and access, file format and data structure, and metadata.

Institutional Repository Information

Mines supports an institutional repository that can be used for end-of-project deposit in order to meet Federal requirements of public access. Your data will be preserved according to the digital preservation standards enacted by the repository host which happens to be Colorado State University (CSU). The Mines Research Support Services group works closely with CSU to understand their requirements.

The institutional repository has file size limitations; therefore researchers must contact the Research Support Services group to ensure sufficient storage availability. For large datasets, other arrangements with CCIT may be required to support local storage and access.  Alternatively, the researcher may opt for off-campus archival storage.

External Repository

There are many different external repositories in which to deposit data. In many cases, repositories and data centers will have their own policies regarding transfer, access permissions, data formats, metadata creation, retention periods, costs, policies and procedures. If you are going to use a repository/data center, check their policies before including them in a Data Management Plan. Any data that are deposited externally still needs to create metadata that can be added to the Mines institutional respository in order to facilitate discovery and re-use.

Discipline-related repositories

  • Cambridge Structural Database - small molecule crystal structuresChemSpider - free-to-access collection of chemical structures and their associated information
  • eCrystals - x-ray crystallographic data
  • PubChem - NCBI's repository of bioactivy/bioassay data and information for "small" molecules (i.e. not macromolecular). Both text-based and structure-based search tools are provided

Computer Science

Environmental and Geosciences

GIS and Geography

Life and Biological Sciences


Social Sciences

  • ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research) A non-profit, membership-based data archive located at the University of Michigan. The UO is a member of ICPSR, which allows students, staff, and faculty to access ICPSR data files and documentation for research.
  • ​Dataverse Network is a collection of social science research data contained in virtual data archives called "dataverses". Maintained by the IQSS (Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences at Harvard), you can create your own "dataverse" and upload your data, subject to certain terms.


Directories of repositories

  • re3data ("REgistry of REsearch REpositories") List of repositories
  • DataBib List of repositories
  • DataCite List of Repositories Compiled by the British Library, BioMed Central, and the UK's Digital Curation Centre.
  • Distributed Data Curation Center: Other Data Repositories Managed by Purdue University Libraries, the Distributed Data Curation Center lists of more than 50 open data repositories from a range of science disciplines.
  • Gene Expression Omnibus The Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) is an open data repository which provides access to microarray, next-generation sequencing, and other forms of functional genomic data submitted by the scientific community.
  • Global Change Master Directory The Global Change Master Directory, maintained by the Earth Sciences Directorate at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), provides access to more than 25,000 earth and environmental science data sets, relevant to global change and Earth science research.
  • MIT Data Management and Publishing: Sharing Your Data The MIT Libraries' subject guide on data management and publishing includes a list of open data repositories spanning the disciplines of astronomy, atmospheric science, biology, chemistry, earth science, oceanography and space science.
  • Oceanographic Data Repositories Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (BCO-DMO) provides access to several oceanographic data repositories created by the US Joint Global Ocean Flux Study and US Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamic programs.
  • Open Access Directory: Data Repositories Launched in 2008 and hosted by the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College, the Open Access Directory is a wiki that lists links to over 50 open data repositories in the disciplines of archaeology, biology, chemistry, environmental sciences, geology, geosciences and geospatial data, marine sciences, medicine and physics, as well as multidisciplinary open data repositories.
  • Public Data Sets on Amazon Web Services Amazon Web Services provides a centralized place to download public domain and non-proprietary astronomy, biology, chemistry and climatology data sets.