Technology for Research: Collaboration and Sharing

  • Faculty & Staff

There are many ways to share data and collaborate; some are more useful than others. It's usually a good idea to consult with your colleagues and your LSP regarding approaches most appropriate for your needs.

Data Repositories

If you need to share data repositories with colleagues, consider a data repository service. These are particularly useful if you will need to provide public access to research data in the future.

  • The Van Pelt Library's staff can help you fulfill grant requirements by providing open access to an archive of data.
  • Penn's Scholarly Commons ( can be used to share data and publications with colleagues — and ultimately with the public. For more information consult with Sarah Wipperman ( ) at the Library.
  • FigShare ( offers researchers a way to store up to 20 gigabytes of data privately — or to create research objects that are discoverable, shareable, and citable by the public.
  • See also the options for Permanent Public Repository and for Storage and Big Data.

Other Tools for Sharing

Further Information

For further information, see "Survey of Scholarly Communication Tool Usage" at Innovations in Scholarly Research (

If nothing else serves the purpose, request a custom database designed by IRAD.

As always, consult with your Local Support Provider (LSP) regarding the tools most appropriate for your needs.