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Finding and reusing research datasets: Biosciences

Guide on finding secondary data for reserach and identifying suitable data archives for research dataset deposits.

Finding published research datasets for biology and biochemistry research

Data sharing has been embedded in the biological sciences research culture for a significant length of time, which has resulted in the creation of numerous discipline and sub-domain specific data archives. The most widely used interdisciplinary data archive for the life sciences is Dryad, which is indexed in the Web of Science Data Citation Index


Model organism data repositories

Sequencing data archives

Biochemical data archives

Ecological and environmental data archives

Structural data repositories

'Omics' databases


Many of the archive descriptions used on this page are adapted from those provided in the re3data registry of data repositories.