Systematic Review Data Repository

Overview Jul 5, 2012


About the Systematic Review Data Repository

Visit the SRDR Web site.

The Systematic Review Data Repository (SRDR) is an easy-to-use Web-based tool for conducting systematic reviews. It serves as:

  • A tool for extracting and storing information from studies.
  • An open and searchable archive of key questions addressed in systematic reviews.
  • A public repository of study data.

Why the SRDR?

Conducting systematic reviews is a time-consuming and labor-intensive process. SRDR seeks to:

  • Make the tasks of conducting and updating reviews more efficient by minimizing unnecessary replication.
  • Enhance transparency by making the data accessible to all users.
  • Improve the quality of archived data through collaborative review and commentary.
  • Provide a rich data source for methodological research.

Multiple Ways the SRDR Can Be Used

  • Create and save an unlimited number of systematic review projects and extraction forms.
  • Manage collaborations and communicate with collaborators.
  • Compile and archive an unlimited quantity of extracted data.

Features and Benefits

Data Extraction and Management

  • Automatically download study information from PubMed® (and from other databases in the near future).
  • Quickly create complex extraction forms that can accommodate any study design or research question via the form design tool’s powerful and flexible “question builder” capability.
  • Facilitate comparison and reconciliation of double data extractions.
  • Seamlessly save all your data online. (You can also export your data in a variety of formats for local backup, printing, or analysis using your favorite software package.)

Watch this YouTube video to learn how to export study data saved in a project to an Excel or comma-delimited text file format.

Collaboration and integration

  • A built-in messaging and commenting system makes it easy to coordinate with your team.
  • SRDR’s processes can be easily incorporated into your current workflow.
  • In addition to creating and managing your own systematic review projects, you can search completed projects that have been submitted to the public archive, and easily update your files, copying previously extracted study data into your own.
  • SRDR will soon be integrated with systematic review tools such as Abstracker and OpenMeta.

SRDR Policies and Resources

The SRDR is committed to a policy of open access. All completed systematic review projects deposited in the SRDR archive are publically available under the terms of a Creative Commons license.

The SRDR Web site contains a complete user’s manual as well as instructional videos to help you get the most out of this rich repository.

Governance Board

The governance board provides direction to ensure the utility and use of SRDR by the systematic review community. The board sets overall strategic goals and priorities, establishes policies and processes for implementing SRDR, engages the systematic review community to increase visibility, recommends technical enhancements to further develop SRDR, and develops strategies to ensure long-term sustainability. The board is comprised of 10-15 members who represent various stakeholder groups.


The Systematic Review Data Repository (SRDR) was developed by the Tufts Evidence-based Practice Center in Boston, MA, under contract with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, June 12, 2012. It is currently maintained by the Brown University Center for Evidence-based Medicine in Providence, RI. Available at:

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Project Timeline

Systematic Review Data Repository (SRDR)

Dec 6, 2010
Topic Initiated
Jul 5, 2012
Sep 20, 2012
Page last reviewed January 2020
Page originally created November 2017

Internet Citation: Overview: Systematic Review Data Repository. Content last reviewed January 2020. Effective Health Care Program, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.

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