Research Data Repositories

Research data repositories enable sound management throughout the data lifecycle by storing and enabling access to deposited datasets of a range of formats, which are also curated to enable their discovery and reuse.

The Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR) is one source to discover data collections through its federated search tool. Learn more.

As well, a range of repository platforms (e.g. a number of instances of Dataverse) currently exist, or are in development, for storing research data produced within Canadian research institutions.

When selecting a repository to deposit your data, it is important to keep in mind the FAIR guiding principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable).

Discipline-Based Solutions

Reputable, discipline-specific repositories already exist in many research domains. is an online registry of data repositories, which can be searched according to subject, content type and country. Find a list of Canadian research data repositories.

Institutional and Regional Solutions

Individual institutions or regions may also host their own data repositories – for example, a Dataverse account or institutional repository.

Subject librarians at your institution may be able to provide for further assistance. Contact information for university libraries that have dedicated data management services or librarians is available here.

National Solutions

Portage and Compute Canada are developing the Federated Research Data Repository Platform (FRDR).

FRDR supports the deposit of large data files and enables data discovery from other Canadian repositories through a single federated search tool. FRDR is currently in the “Limited Production” development stage. Major updates for this initiative will be posted on the brochure site and you can keep track of all updates on the FRDR Change Log.

Portage’s Dataverse North Working Group is currently exploring options for developing a single, national Dataverse instance in Canada. Updates on this initiative will be made available on the Portage website.

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