Data Archiving

The following is a list of repositories that are suitable for ecological data.

There is no requirement that authors use one of the listed repositories for their data.

Authors should pick the repository that is best suited to their type of data and is most useful for the ecological community likely to access their data.

  • Dryad ( is a repository particularly suited to the archiving of data related to journal articles. Nordic Society Oikos will cover the fee for submitting data to Dryad.
  • Movebank ( is a free database of animal tracking data hosted by the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology
  • Figshare ( is a repository where users can archive all of their research outputs in any file format including figures, datasets, media, papers, posters, and presentations.
  • GenBank ( is the NIH (National Institutes of Health, USA) genetic sequence database.
  • International Tree-Ring Data Bank ( is a repository for raw ring width or wood density measurements, and site chronologies.
  • Knowledge Network for Biocomplexity ( is an international repository intended to facilitate the archiving of complex ecological and environmental research data.
  • TreeBASE ( is a repository of phylogenetic information, specifically usersubmitted phylogenetic trees and the data used to generate them.


A list of other repositories can be found here:

and here: