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.

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 (PDF)).

** 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 GithubExternal Link Icon to ensure a permanent record of your code and make it citable.

Discipline-specific data repositories



Re3data entry

*** Part of the NCBI data repositories. NCBI operates a variety of resourcesExternal Link Icon, 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