Which data repositories can be used?

The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) requires that at least the data underlying a publication be submitted to appropriate public data repositories, as do many publishers and other research funding agencies. In order to support scientists in identifying suitable platforms, the SNSF publishes a list of data repositories that are commonly used by the Swiss research community and fulfil the SNSF Open Research Data (ORD) criteria. The list is based on the SNSF monitoring report on Open Research Data, which was published in February 2020 and in which the SNSF analysed the Data Management Plans (DMPs) of over 1,500 funded applications. Overall, 146 data repositories were mentioned. The data repositories that comply with the SNSF ORD criteria – and are also mentioned at least 10 times in the monitoring report - are listed in the table below. Other repositories not listed in the table may be used as well, as long as they comply with the FAIR data principles. 

SNSF monitoring report on Open Research Data

Generalist data repositories

* As Figshare is a commercial entity, the SNSF allows the researchers to archive their data on this data repository but does not cover the potential data archiving costs (see art. 2.13 of the General implementation regulations for the Funding Regulations).

** Github is a commercial platform that is well-suited to code development, but it is not a data archiving tool. Therefore, a copy of the code has to be archived in a data repository. For instance, you can set up a connection between Zenodo and Github to ensure a permanent record of your code and make it citable.

Discipline-specific data repositories

RepositoryDescriptionRe3data entry
ArrayExpressDiscipline-specific (Life sciences [functional genomics]) https://www.re3data.org/repository/r3d100010222
Data and Service Center for the Humanities (DaSCH) Discipline-specific (Humanities) https://www.re3data.org/repository/r3d100012374
Electron Microscopy Data Bank (EMDB)Discipline-specific (Life sciences [molecular structure]) https://www.re3data.org/repository/r3d100010562
European Nucleotide Archive (ENA)Discipline-specific (Life sciences [sequencing data]) https://www.re3data.org/repository/r3d100010527
Flow RepositoryDiscipline-specific (Life sciences [cytometry]) https://www.re3data.org/repository/r3d100011280
FORSbase Discipline-specific (Social sciences) https://www.re3data.org/repository/r3d100012350
GenBank*** Discipline-specific (Life sciences [sequencing data]) https://www.re3data.org/repository/r3d100010528
Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO)*** Discipline-specific (Life sciences [functional genomics]) https://www.re3data.org/repository/r3d100010283
Harvard Dataverse Discipline-specific (Social sciences) http://service.re3data.org/repository/r3d100010051
Image Data Resource (IDR) Discipline-specific (Life sciences [imaging]) https://www.re3data.org/repository/r3d100012435
PRoteomics IDEntifications Database (PRIDE)Discipline-specific (Life sciences [proteomics]) https://www.re3data.org/repository/r3d100010137
RCSB Protein Data BankDiscipline-specific (Life sciences [protein structure]) hhttps://www.re3data.org/repository/r3d100010327
Sequence Read Archive (SRA)***Discipline-specific (Life sciences [sequencing data]) https://www.re3data.org/repository/r3d100010775

*** Part of the NCBI data repositories. NCBI operates a variety of resources, some of which are suitable for data sharing. In general, NCBI’s data sharing platforms are compliant with the SNSF Open Research Data policy.

Institutional data repositories

RepositoryDescriptionRe3data entry
Bern Open Repository and Information System (BORIS)Institutional data repository (University of Bern)No entry
EnviDat Institutional data repository (Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research - WSL) https://www.re3data.org/repository/r3d100012587
ETH Research CollectionInstitutional data repository (ETHZ) https://www.re3data.org/repository/r3d100012557
YaretaInstitutional data repository (Geneva’s HEIs) https://www.re3data.org/repository/r3d100013423