RDM Infrastructure Resources

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Whether data storage, publication, archiving, documentation, or collaborations involving joint use of data, you will find a selection of tools for everyday and long-term use below. We are happy to help you with your questions or advise on individual solutions with our expertise.


Saving Data

Memory structures at RWTH range from simple file servers to new object memories. The IT Center offers a free backup/restore service to all members of the university. This enables you to back up local computer systems and servers in your institutes and, if necessary, restore data within a set period of time.


Publishing Data

The decisions on the further handling of research data are up to you:

Should your data be publicly accessible?

You can find a first overview of appropriate repositories at re3data.org. This registry offers an overview for many disciplines and you can filter according to important criteria. Could not find the right one for you? Contact us.

Our institutional repository RWTH Publications is available for free to all RWTH members.

Archiving Data

Will your data be relevant for more than ten years and are you willing to invest time in a detailed description of the data?

Together with the Hochschulbibliothekszentrum, University of Cologne Library, we ensure the long-term archiving of your unpublished data, which also includes preparations for format conversions that are required in the future. Please contact us.

Data that are neither published nor archived for the long term are securely stored in RWTH's archive system in accordance with good academic practice:

  • For non-personal data smaller than 2 GB, use simpleArchive and automatically receive an ePIC to create links to publications. Please note: citable data must be published!
  • For all other applications, use the RWTH IT Center’s archiving service. Here, too, you can assign an ePIC Persistent Identifier and thus link to publications and internal processes and documentation.

Documenting Data

Entering Metadata

The Metadata Manager allows you to define a specific metadata schema for your institution and discipline and thus manage the descriptions of your data with metadata.

Data Management Plan – DMP

Online tools help you create a DMP:

  • RDMO
    The RDMO tool is funded by the German Research Foundation, DFG for short, and contains the customized RWTH template and can be adapted specifically for your DMP template. The data remain at the University.
  • DMPonline
    DMPonline is hosted by the University of Edinburgh. It offers templates according to research funding organizations such as the EU.
  • DMPTool
    The DMPTool is offered by the California Digital Library. The website offers a few examples of data management plans.

Collaborative Work