Data Management & Repositories for Qualitative Research

NIH-Funded Qualitative Research

NIH Data Management & Sharing Policy (DMSP)
This policy, effective January 25, 2023, applies to all research, funded or conducted in whole or in part by NIH, that results in the generation of scientific data, including NIH-funded qualitative research. Click here to see some examples of how the DMSP policy has been applied in qualitative research studies featured in the 2021 Qualitative Data Management Plan (DMP) Competition. As a resource for the community, NIH has developed a resource for developing informed consent language in research studies where data and/or biospecimens will be stored and shared for future use. It is important to note that the DMS Policy does NOT require that informed consent obtained from research participants must allow for broad sharing and the future use of data (either with or without identifiable private information). See the FAQ for more information.

Harvard DASH

What is DASH?

A central, open-access repository of research by members of the Harvard community.

Deposit Your Work

DASH enlarges the audience and impact of your work. Authors who deposit in DASH have access to on-demand metrics and receive monthly reports about their readership. Deposited works receive persistent URLs, are comprehensively indexed by search engines, including Google and Google Scholar, reach academic and non-academic readers who may not have access to the original publications, and are preserved by the Harvard Library.

Making your work open access in DASH is as simple as completing our quick submit form. We also welcome bulk deposits and offer CV scraping services. Simply contact OSC if you are interested. OSC will do the legal legwork for all submissions.

The OSC is pleased to offer a robust suite of services to support you and your scholarship. Visit our For Authors page to learn more.

Harvard Dataverse

Harvard Dataverse


Harvard Dataverse is a a place to both deposit data and find secondary datasets for use in your analysis.



ICPSR maintains a data archive of more than 250,000 files of research in the social and behavioral sciences. It hosts 21 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields.

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Qualitative Data Repoistory (QDR) @ Syracuse

The QDR is a safe place to deposit qualitative data. It has been certified as a "trustworthy data repository" by CoreTrustSeal. In tandem with the researchers who deposit data with QDR, its trained staff fully curates data to make them usable, discoverable, meaningful, citable, secure and durably preserved. Harvard is NOT a member institution of the QDR; however you can deposit your own qualitative data there, as well as use the data of others! (As this is not a resource Harvard subscribe to - please let us know if you are interested in using this collection.) 

To register for an account with the QDR:

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  • Fill out form using email address
  • Confirmation will be sent to your email, verify your account via the emailed instructions
  • Then you can login and you're good to start!

UK Data Archive

UK Data Services, Qualitative and Mixed Methods Datasets

The UK Data Service is a a place to both deposit data and find secondary datasets for use in your analysis.