Science Data Bank logoScience Data Bank (ScienceDB) is a public, general-purpose data repository aiming to provide data services (e.g. data acquisition, long-term preservation, publishing, sharing and access) for researchers, research projects/teams, journals, institutions, universities, etc. It supports a variety of data acquisition and data licenses. It is built and operated by Computer Network Information Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

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Features & Specifications

  • Data Size and Format

    • Science DB is a generalist repository that accepts most data and research types. They prefer non-proprietary file formats, which can be found in their Preferred File Format table.
    • For discipline specific file types, they provide the following guidance to evaluate file types:
      1. whether the format is common in your discipline
      2. whether the format has open standards
      3. whether the format is independent of a peculiar software application, developer or supplier.
    • Specific metadata fields are required for dataset submission.
  • Data Licensing

    ScienceDB provides the following licensing options: CC0, CC-BY 4.0, CC BY-SA 4.0, CC BY-NC 4.0, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0, CC BY-ND 4.0, CC BY-NC-ND 4.0, and 3 licenses for database: PDDL, ODC-By, ODbL, as well as 12 software license agreements: MIT, Apache-2.0, AGPL-3.0, LGPL-2.1, GPL-2.0, GPL-3.0, BSD-2-Clause, BSD-3-Clause, MPL-2.0, BSL-1.0, EPL-2.0 and The Unlicense. CC0 is the default license assigned to datasets.

  • Data Attribution and Citation Tools

    Once a submission is published, ScienceDB assigns a DOI to each dataset. A Commons Science and Technology Resource (CSTR) is also assigned to accepted datasets. Data depositors can select their preferred data citation format.

  • User Access Controls

    At the time of data submission, users may select to an open access or embargo option. Files can be restricted to require users to request access through a Data Access Application.

  • Data Access Tools

    OPEN-API allows users to access datasets programmatically. All metadata is harvested via OAI-PMH.

  • Cost

    Currently, submitting data to ScienceDB is free. However, they reserve the right to charge for submission, review, or storage in the future.

  • Other Features

    • <Data is reviewed by ScienceDB data curation team to ensure submitted datasets are complete, including with required metadata and referred file formats.
    • Impact statistics are available based on data views, file downloads, and citation downloads
    • Automated bilingual (English and Chinese) services