Data Repositories

This section lists some of the repository options available for publishing research data or finding existing data for reuse at JCU.

The two key data repositories are:

  • Research Data JCU (via Research Data Australia) JCU datasets registered in Research Data Australia (most recent first)
  • Research Data Australia (RDA):  Australia's research data commons helps you find, access and reuse data for research from 100 Australian research organisations, government agencies and cultural institutions. RDA harvests data descriptions and links to data held with their data publishing partners. JCU has over 2,500 datasets in RDA

Data repositories - whether institutional, national, international, generalist, or discipline-specific - exist to support and facilitate long-term access to research data.

Research funders or journals may mandate data deposition in a particular repository. For example,  ’Most journals require DNA and amino acid sequences that are cited in articles be submitted to a public sequence repository (DDBJ/ENA/Genbank - INSDC) as part of the publication process.’

Many journals integrate data deposition in a generalist repository (e.g. Dryad) with the submission of manuscripts of related research publication.

Some researchers may also choose to publish a data paper - these are published research outputs in a specialist data journal (or section of a more generalist journal) with the primary purpose of exploring the research potential of a particular data set and deriving new research findings. While a published data paper would usually constitute a significant investment of time and effort above the deposit and publication of data through a repository, it may be an avenue worth exploring depending on the field of research.