Development of a Registry of Research Data Repositories

17/04/2012 – 1:37 pm
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re3data.org – Development of a Registry of Research Data Repositories

More and more universities and research centres are starting to build research data repositories allowing permanent access to data sets in a trustworthy environment. Due to disciplinary requirements, the landscape of data repositories is very heterogeneous. Thus it is difficult for researchers, funding bodies, publishers and scholarly institutions to select appropriate repositories for storage and search of research data.

The goal of re3data.org is to create a global registry of research data repositories. The registry will cover research data repositories from different academic disciplines. re3data.org will present repositories for the permanent storage and access of data sets to researchers, funding bodies, publishers and scholarly institutions. In the course of this mission re3data.org aims to promote a culture of sharing, a better understanding of data management as well as increased access and better visibility of research data. In the first phase of the project the following tasks are prioritized:

  •  the conception and construction of a web-based registry of research
     data repositories,
  • the definition of selection criteria of research data repositories,
  • the formulation of a metadata schema to describe research data
    repositories.

re3data.org cooperates with DataCite by recently signing a Memorandum of Understanding. With this Memorandum of Understanding DataCite and re3data.org define their efforts to enhance accessibility and visibility of data sets.

According to the schedule the registry will go live in autumn 2012.

re3data.org is funded by the German Research Foundation DFG from 2012 to 2014. re3data.org is a joint project of the Berlin School of Library and Information Science at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The partners are actively involved in the German Initiative for Network Information (DINI) and current research data management activities.

Further Information: http://re3data.org

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Via Heinz Pampel

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