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The General Repository Comparison Chart (click Reference box for full document) and FAIRsharing Collection (below) is a tool for researchers to help select the best general repository for their data or other digital objects. It is important to state that researchers should first determine if an appropriate domain repository exists for their research data. Tools such as and can help with this determination. If using a domain repository is not possible, then a researcher should review both the general repository chart and consider their own institutional repository as a possible location to store their data. Researchers need to comply with the requirements of their community, funder, country, publisher, and possibly others to ensure the best repository is selected. This comparison chart developed as an outcome of the NIH Workshop on the Role of Generalist Repositories to Enhance Data Discoverability and Reuse held 11-12 February 2020 ( Following the workshop, representatives of the participating generalist repositories collaborated to develop a tool researchers could use to make decisions about selecting a general repository. We intend for the content to be dynamically updated through our partnership with FAIRsharing. As we work towards that goal, we currently have a static version of the comparison. To learn more about the comparison chart:

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Record added: June 4, 2020, 6:10 p.m..
Record updated: July 17, 2020, 12:34 a.m. by ShelleyStall.

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