Where do you deposit your data externally to your own lab so that you and others can access it? Numerous databases (OBIS, NCBI, EMODnet) that house marine data are available, some are built for specific projects, organisations, regions or data types, whereas others accept a wide range of data from across the globe. The development of the new international agreement on the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) that will be implemented under UNCLOS will start in September. In order to support these negotiations, DOSI is interested in understanding the current usage of open access databases. We hope that you can help us by spending a few moments answering the following ten questions on data storage and usage that focuses on the usage of external online databases (data repositories). We expect this will take about five minutes.