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Data Introduction: Sciences

Getting started to manage, find, share, understand ethics, create, and cite data.

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Contact Authors

As a part of open science initiatives, some journals and publishers require authors to provide the data they used in the article to anybody who requests.

Check the data requirements of the journal to see if you can contact the authors directly to request access. 

Example of a Data Policy

Data Keywords

When searching for data try some of these keywords

  • repository
  • archive
  • datasets
  • models
  • open access

Library Databases

These databases are provided to you free of charge from the Library.

Open Access Data Sources

These websites and databases can help you find datasets.


The Journal of Nucleic Acids Research provides a yearly catalog of more than 170 biological databases with topics such as protein structure, RNA, genetic sequences, cancer, and drugs. Just three databases are shown below. 

Carbohydrate structure
The Carbohydrate Structure Database has NMR data, taxonomy, and structures. Coverage includes bacteria. archaea, fungi, and plants. MutationAligner enables you to explore mutation hotspots identified in protein domains from more than 5000 patients across 22 cancer types. DASHR provides comprehensive information on human small non-coding RNA (sncRNA) genes, precursor and mature sncRNA annotations.


Here is a list of 64 free chemistry databases with three highlighted below. 

UseNIST Chemistry Webbook to search for name, IUPAC, structure, and reaction. ChemSpider for literature references, physical properties, interactive spectra, and chemical suppliers PubChem provides information on the biological activities of small molecules.


HEPData has data points from plots and tables related publications such as Large Hadron Collider. Re3Data has tons of data sets and is connected to datacite to help cite your data. Virtual Modeling Repository to view computational model results and data-model comparisons.


Many Robotics Labs host data from their research on separate websites so search for data on their project website or institutional repositories.  Here are a few places with many robotics datasets not associated with a lab or project. 

figsharecitable and shareable data from many disciplines. DSpaceMIT has robotics data conducted from MIT labs. Artificial intelligence and robotics laboratorydata


Math is just one of many types of datasets available through Wolfram Find and share data using Academic Torrents Datasets from the UCI Machine Learning Repository


Engineering is a multidisciplinary topic so many of the websites listed above could be useful.

Senvol has datasets on industrial machines and materials. Efunda is a quick reference guide for engineers to look up formulas, parameters, and processes.  Use Datasheet to find electronic component datasheets.
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IEEE DataPort™ is a valuable and easily accessible data platform that enables users to store, search, access and manage data. NREL provides procedures, databases, maps, and tools to assess, analyze, and optimize renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. AAPG Datapages list of GIS Open Files Earth Science and Energy GIS Resources


Online Registry of Biomedical Informatics Tools (ORBIT) registry for informatics software, knowledge bases, data sets and design resources. DataMed is a prototype biomedical data search engine. Its goal is to discover data sets across data repositories or data aggregators. Biomedical Sciences Toolkit - Portals include NCBI, EBI-EMBL, NIH Data Sharing repositories, and more.
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