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Where to store your research data?

7. June 2018 | HBZ | No Comments |

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Funding bodies increasingly require or request that the grantees create plans for managing their data and share some of their results as open data with the public (e.g., SNSF). But, where to store your research data, so it has the highest visibility and the greatest impact and fulfilling the funder’s requirements? There are several options available for UZH researchers:

  • Discipline or subject specific data repository
We recommend choosing a well-established discipline or subject specific repository whenever possible. Please consult the registry of research data repositories for finding a suitable repository. Re3data offers detailed information on more than 2,000 data repositories and is the most comprehensive registry globally.
  • General-purpose or cross discipline data repository

If there is no discipline or subject specific repository available, a general-purpose repository is considered a very good alternative. There are several options available: We highly recommend Zenodo ( Zenodo is hosted at CERN and it is free of charges as long as you do not exceed 50 GB per dataset. Of course, there are other recommendable non-commercial general-purpose repositories available, like EUDAT B2SHARE (, Harvard Dataverse ( and Dryad (

Zenodo record in re3data.orgImage from Pampel et al. (2013)
  • Supplementary data in ZORA

On ZORA ( you can publish smaller datasets (up to approx. 500 MB) as supplementary data accompanying a scientific publication. Your dataset will receive a persistent identifier (DOI). Please contact the ZORA team for further assistance:

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Icons image from Pampel et al. (2013) Making research data repositories visible: the registry.

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