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Purpose: Considering that scientific data is being increasingly renowned as an important raw material for current and future technological advances, many research collaborators have joined together to create mechanisms to secure and preserve it. However, irrespective of the generation of rich analysis results, this study was undertaken to examine the RDM activities on the global Registry of Research Data Repositories platform (Re3data) to increase its level of visualization.

Design/methodology/approach: The study approached the Re3 website, a global registry of research data repositories to collect the data. The researcher specifically assessed the 9 alternative search strategies that are available in the Re3 database; namely subject, content, keyword, metadata standards, quality management, repository languages, software, repository types and country.

Findings: It is observed that behaviors related to structured study results are more evident in developed countries as opposed to developing countries, although the U.S. is placed first. Results also indicated that research data is more structured in the case of scientific and statistical formats and disciplinary databases, particularly the life sciences. Overall, the software is mainly used for processing data and the English language is strongly supported. Dublin core metadata is often used to increase the quality of data from analysis.

Originality/value: This study presented an overall picture of the research data practices throughout the investigation on the Re3data platform. The research proposed best practices focused on RDM operations to improve the amount of Research Data activities.