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Research Data Management

A primary purpose of the Research Data Management process is to store data and its accompanying documentation for future access by yourself or other interested researchers. Depending upon your field of research, there may be recognized locations where data may be (or expected to be) deposited.

Locally-Available Data Repositories

Scholars Portal Dataverse

  • A platform that makes it easy for researchers associated with Ontario universities to deposit data, create appropriate metadata, and version documents
  • Western-specific Dataverse for Western's researchers. For assistance with creating a Dataverse (or with using the pending Western Dataverse), please contact the Research Data Management team by e-mail
  • Control down to the file level, and researchers can choose to make content available publicly, only to select individuals, or to keep it completely locked. All data is hosted on Canadian servers, in a secure environment that conforms to industry best practices for maintaining data integrity and longevity

Federated Research Data Repository

  • Search for research data sets originating from researchers affiliated with Canadian Institutions
  • Search for data deposited to other repositories across Canada
  • Deposit your research data at no direct cost (available to researchers affiliated with a Canadian Institution)


  • ​A Scholars Portal digital repository for social science data, including polling data. 
  • web-based data exploration, extraction and analysis tool that uses that Data Documenation Initiative (DDI) social science standard
  • Researchers can search for survey questions (variables) across thousands of datasets for microdata and aggregate data in a range of formats


  • Most prominent North American data repository for the social sciences
  • Provides access to a set of tools for various aspects of data management
  • A member of the Data Documentation Initiative (a standard for documenting data files)
  • Bit-level self-deposits are free through openICPSR site for individuals at ICPSR member institutions (such as Western)

Scholarship at Western

  • Western Libraries' Institutional Repository
  • Collects, showcases, archives, and preserves a variety of materials created or sponsored by The University of Western Ontario community
  • Contact scholarship@uwo.ca to deposit your data

Discipline Specific Repositories

The Registry of Research Data Repositories

  • Links to over 1,500 international, subject-specific repositories

​Scholars Portal

  • Specific to Canadian research data repositories

Simmons College

  • List of repositories for open data

Government of Canada

  • Canadian open data sites
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