Make Your COVID-19 Data Citable, Sharable, and Discoverable

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3 Easy Steps to Share COVID-19 Research Data

  1. Identify a specialized or general repository
  2. Deposit dataset(s), including processed data irrespective of its association with a publication
  3. Add metadata––makes your research outputs richer, connected and reusable

Metadata is additional labeling of your data

Metadata makes research data “discoverable” and links data to publications and funding information. For more on metadata:

Example Metadata Fields

Authors(s), Citation, Dataset Name, Date Modified, Date Published, Description, Experimental Host, Funder Number, Grant Number, Measurement, Pathogen, Publisher, Source Code, Technique, Variable(s) Measured

For data of a specific type or specific discipline

Use NIH-supported domain-specific repositories listed below.

For a full list see the National Library of Medicine Open Domain-Specific Data Sharing Repositories

Domain-specific Repository Examples*

For data of any type, format, content or subject matter

Use generalist repositories listed below.

For a full list see the National Library of Medicine Generalist Repositories.

Note: NIAID does not endorse a specific repository and the examples above, which are not exhaustive, are provided as a guide for locating repositories

NIH encourages use of open access data sharing repositories.

For the NIAID data sharing guidelines:

Contact NIAID Office of Data Sharing and Emerging Technologies:

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