Data Sharing Resources
BMIC has maintained a list of NIH-supported data repositories at this site for the last several years. In an effort to provide this information more effectively and comprehensively, the list has been reorganized and a list of generalist repositories has been added as indicated below.
NIH has a long tradition of making available to the public the results of research it supports and conducts, including publications and scientific data. Sharing data enables reuse, increases transparency, and facilitates reproducibility of research results. Several NIH policies provide guidance about how, when, and where researchers are expected to share data and other research outputs resulting from NIH funding.
In general, NIH does not endorse or require sharing in any specific repository and encourages researchers to select the repository that is most appropriate for their data type and discipline (though such specification does exist for particular initiatives). To help researchers locate an appropriate resource for sharing their data, as well as to promote awareness of resources where datasets can be located for reuse, BMIC maintains lists of several types of data sharing resources:
- Open NIH-supported domain-specific repositories that house data of a specific type or related to a specific discipline;
- Other NIH-supported domain-specific resources, including repositories and knowledgebases, that have limitations on submitting and/or accessing data; and
- Generalist repositories that house data regardless of type, format, content, or subject matter.
Last Reviewed: January 16, 2020