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 from 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

If you want to store data securely in the longer term in accordance with good scientific practice, you can use the RWTH archive. Archive your research data using the Coscine RDM platform.

Documenting Data

Data need to be documented to ensure that they can be retrieved and reused. Coscine makes it possible to annotate data according to flexibly definable metadata. In addition, we recommend to provide data documentation in a README file.

Data Management Plan – DMP

There is an online tool that helps you create a DMP:

  • RDMO
    The DFG-supported RDMO tool contains the customized RWTH template and can be adapted to individual needs. The data remain at the University they are only documented with a DMP.

Collaborative Work