Data Repository Lists

Research Data JCU (via Research Data Australia)
JCU datasets registered in Research Data Australia (most recent first)
Research Data Australia
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 collected by the Australian Institute of Marine Science are described in detail in the AIMS Data Catalogue
AODN Portal
The AODN (Australian Ocean Data Network) Portal provides access to all available Australian marine and climate science data and provides the primary access to IMOS (Integrated Marine Observing System) data including access to the IMOS metadata
Atlas of Living Australia
The Atlas of Living Australia is a collaborative, national project that aggregates biodiversity data from multiple sources and makes it freely available and usable online. The Atlas of Living Australia is the Australian node of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) at
Australian Data Archive
The ADA is comprised of seven sub-archives - Social Science, Historical, Indigenous, Longitudinal, Qualitative, Crime & Justice and International. The archive is managed by the ADA central office based in the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods at the Australian National University (ANU)
CSIRO Data Portal
The CSIRO Data Access Portal provides access to research data, software and other digital assets published by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation across a range of disciplines. provides an easy way to find, access and reuse public datasets from the Australian Government.
Users are actively encouraged to use government data to analyse, mashup and develop tools and applications to benefit all Australians.
Geospatial datasets on and from other spatial indexes are now available through the National Map at
Queensland Government Data
Portal for Queensland Government public datasets.
Maps and geospatial section includes links to Queensland Globe, flood maps and the Queensland Spatial Catalogue - QSpatial

Both FAIRsharing and Re3Data provide information on an array of criteria to help researchers identify the most suitable one for their needs:

  • Re3Data, lists over 2000 repositories and the list is growing!
  • FAIRsharing, lists over 1000 repositories and is based around the FAIR principles

The PLoS and Nature lists are highly recommended for finding repositories by discipline:

Other lists:

  • Data Repositories, part of the Open Access Directory
  • Awesome Public Datasets, this crowd-sourced list includes some real gems. E.g., produced at the University of Oxford and supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Many of the resources listed include visualisations.


Storage costs

More information

Dryad Digital Repository

$120 USD for first 20 GB and $50 for each additional 10 GB

FAIRsharing entry


Free, upload files up to 5 GB

FAIRsharing entry

Open Science Framework (OSF)

Free, 5 GB per file

FAIRsharing entry


Free, 50GB per dataset

re3data entry

Global Health Observatory (GHO) data
The World Health Organization's gateway to health-related statistics for more than 1000 indicators. Data are organised to monitor progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR
The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) maintains and provides access to thousands of social science datasets for research and instruction. This is a great place to start looking for social science data for secondary analysis. US-based.
PANGAEA: Data Publisher for Earth & Environmental Science
The information system PANGAEA is operated as an Open Access library aimed at archiving, publishing and distributing georeferenced data from earth system research. The system guarantees long-term availability of its content through a commitment of the hosting institutions.
UK Data Service
The UK’s largest collection of digital social and economic research data.
World Bank Open Data
Designed to make World Bank data easy to find, download, and use. All of the data can be used free of charge with minimal restrictions.

Data repositories may specify or output a particular style. The following are some examples from JCU researchers:

  • Dryad: Waldie PA, Almany GR, Sinclair-Taylor TH, Hamilton RJ, Potuku T, Priest MA, Rhodes KL, Robinson J, Cinner JE, Berumen ML (2016) Data from: Restricted grouper reproductive migrations support community-based management. Dryad Digital Repository.
  • PANGAEA: McKenzie, Len J; Roder, Chantal A; Yoshida, Rudolf L (2016): Seagrass and associated benthic community data derived from field surveys at Low Isles, Great Barrier Reef, conducted July-August, 1997. Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research, James Cook University, Townsville, PANGAEA,
  • Research Data JCU: Martinsen, B. (2018). Student and teacher perceptions of blended learning in secondary science, Far North Queensland. James Cook University. (dataset)