Access to existing data

There are a variety of places to find and access data that could be useful in your own research.

Some of the services on this page will link through to the data directly, while others include descriptions about the data with instructions on how to request access to the data itself (for example by sending an email request to the original researcher).

The lists below are not comprehensive but aim to provide an idea of the range of data that is available.




General data repositories

  • DataCite (datasets with DOIs registered with DataCite)
  • (research data repositories)
  • Dryad (general purpose repository for data underlying scientific publications)
  • Figshare (general purpose repository for researchers)
Contact us
Assistance with identifying and accessing data collections can be provided the VU Research Librarian or your College Librarian.