Storing Data in Repositories

Finding a suitable repository is not always easy. You should consider the following criteria:

Suitability for your data type

Subject-specific repositories often offer better options to store data. You could check the following:

  • Does the repository support research-domain-specific file formats?
  • Can project-specific data structures be preserved (e.g. linguistic corpora or Brain Imaging Data Structure BIDS)?


Easy findability increases the chance of being cited more frequently. Check the following:

  • How detailed are the metadata?
  • How well can the repository be searched?
  • Is the repository open to everyone, or is it restricted to members of an institution? 
  • Do I need an account?
  • Does the repository assign a persistent identifier (e.g. DOI, handle)?
  • Can I integrate my ORCiD as an author?

Conformity with the requirements of your funding agency

Your research funding agency may have specific requirements.

  • For example, the SNSF requires that the repository be compatible with the FAIR principles. Here you can find the guidelines of the SNSF under point 5.1.
  • Note: The SNSF supports the preparation of data with up to CHF 10,000 if you choose a non-commercial repository. Check the financing of the repository to ensure that it is operated on a long-term basis. Please refer to the provider's website for details.

Interfaces to other platforms

Depending on the data type, you can benefit if the repository has an interface to other platforms, such as github.