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Scholarly Communication

Data Sets

All research involves data and the amount of data produced annually is tremendous. With the growth of open access and research transparency, data that was formerly unavailable is now much more open and located around the globe. Whether being shared because of grant funding requirements (eg. NIH) or open access mandates in some organizations and countries, many datasets are stored and made digitally accessible to anyone needing the data. Finding datasets is possible through a numbers of search engines. Such as:

Datacite -  provides persistent identifiers (DOIs) for research data and other research output

Google Dataset Search - search engine for datasets

ICPSR - Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan - Datasets in the social sciences

OAD Data Repositories - Repositories and databases for open data

OSF Share - a free, open dataset of research (meta)data.

Data Repositories

In addition to using a data search engine, you may want to tap data repositories. Academic and research institutions require the storage of data, although they will vary when it comes to accessibility.  Some places to check out are...

Harvard Dataverse - allows for depositing and sharing data

Nature Data Repository Guidance - Links to a variety of dataset repository

re3data.org - a registry of research data repositories

Science Data Bank - makes "data citable, discoverable and persistently accessible"