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Published October 12, 2022 | Version 2.0
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Generalist Repository Comparison Chart

  • 1. American Geophysical Union
  • 2. University of California San Diego
  • 3. Office of Data Science and Emerging Technologies NIAID/NIH
  • 4. National Library of Medicine
  • 5. Harvard University
  • 6. Dryad
  • 7. Figshare
  • 8. National Institutes of Health
  • 9. OSF
  • 10. University of California San Francisco, Vivli
  • 11. European Organization for Nuclear Research, Zenodo
  • 12. Leidos Inc., NIH Office of Data Science Strategy
  • 13. Vivli
  • 14. NIH National Library of Medicine
  • 15. Elsevier BV


The General Repository Comparison Chart and FAIRsharing Collection ( is an outcome of the NIH Workshop on the Role of Generalist Repositories to Enhance Data Discoverability and Reuse held 11-12 February 2020 (workshop summary).  Following the workshop, representatives of the participating generalist repositories collaborated to develop a tool researchers could use to make decisions about selecting a general repository. We intend for the content to be dynamically updated through our partnership with FAIRsharing.  As we work towards that goal, we currently have a static version of the comparison.  

It is important to state that researchers should first determine if an appropriate domain repository exists for their research data.  Tools such as and can help with this determination. If using a domain repository is not possible, then a researcher should review both the general repository chart and consider their own institutional repository as a possible location to store their data.  Researchers need to comply with the requirements of their community, funder, country, publisher, and possibly others to ensure the best repository is selected. 

For those interested in continuing the discussion on the role of generalist repositories to enhance data discoverability and reuse, please consider joining the Research Data Alliance (RDA) and particularly the joint RDA/Force11 FAIRsharing WG (  There is now an RDA Community to support conversation and a mailing list you join (  Watch for relevant sessions in the upcoming plenaries.


Thank you the American Geophysical Union for designing the document. Version 2.0 has been updated to the current services provided by the repositories and supporting policies. Thank you everyone for helping with the update/


Generalist Repository Comparison Chart_version 2.0.pdf

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