Data management good practices

Services and features

All of these repositories provide data sharing services for all data types. Here we compare data curation support services and costs between the following repositories:


Data Repository for U of M (DRUM)

Dryad Digital Repository

Springer Research Data Support

Elsevier Research Data


$120 per dataset (waived with UMN membership)
$340 per dataset

File size limits


5 GB file size and 50 GB per dataset

50 GB per dataset

50 GB per dataset

10 GB per dataset

Provide a DOI for data

Improved metadata and keywords

Link data sets to publications

CoreTrustSeal Certified Repository

Check the integrity and usability of the file(s)


Help you create appropriate readme documentation


Run the code to detect and fix errors


Ensure compliance with participant consent forms and IRB


Transform files to open formats if needed



Choosing a repository

When choosing a repository to share your data, attempt to answer the following questions:

  • Does your grant require a specific repository?
  • Is there a repository that specifically supports your discipline?
  • What are the repository’s policies for acceptance and withdraw?
  • Do services include persistent identifiers and multiple pathways for discovery?
  • What support do they offer in the curation process?

See Choosing a repository for a repository selection tool.

Data repository for the University of Minnesota (DRUM)

DRUM serves all disciplines and contains works by University faculty, staff, students, and alumni - it is a well-rounded collection of research data produced by the UMN. It offers persistent URLs and DOIs for continuous access and citation purposes, and is free to all UMN affiliates. There are usage statistics available that help show impact. DRUM has been awarded the CoreTrust Seal of Approval, an international certification, and satisfies the sharing requirement for many funding agency policies.

Last Updated: Mar 29, 2024 3:03 PM