[ri-poz-i-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
A repository is a place where data or specimens are stored and maintained for future retrieval. A repository can be

  • a place where data are stored
  • a place where specifically digital data are stored
  • a site where eprints are located
  • a place where multiple databases or files are located for distribution over a network,
  • a computer location that is directly accessible to the user without having to travel across a network.
  • a place to store specimens, including serum or other biological fractions
  • a place where anything is stored for probable reuse


From Latin repositorium, place or thing for storage; from reposit- (pp. of reponere, to store, put away) + -torium,, suffix indicating the place or thing appropriate for the verb to which it is affixed.

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