In August 2012 re3data.org – the Registry of Research Data Repositories went online with 23 entries. Two years later the registry provides researchers, funding organisations, libraries and publishers with over 1,000 listed research data repositories from all over the world making it the largest and most comprehensive online catalog of research data repositories on the web. re3data.org provides detailed information about the research data repositories, and its distinctive icons help researchers easily identify relevant repositories for accessing and depositing data sets.
To more than 5,000 unique visitors per month re3data.org offers reliable orientation in the heterogeneous landscape of research data repositories. An average of 10 repositories are added to the registry every week. The latest indexed data infrastructure is the new CERN Open Data Portal.
The project partners from the US and Germany are very happy about the steady growth and the success of the project.
re3data.org encourages funders, libraries and publishers to refer to re3data.org in their policies and guidelines as the primary source for identifying research data repositories.
Initial partners in re3data.org are the Berlin School of Library and Information Science at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Library and Information Services department (LIS) of the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, and the KIT Library at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
This march re3data.org started a process of merging with Databib, a similar initative at the University Purdue (West Lafayette, Indiana, USA). The aim of this cooperation is to serve the research community with a single, sustainable registry of research data repositories that incorporates the best features of both initiatives.
All records from Databib are now integrated in re3data.org. The process of merging will be finalised in the next months. By the end of 2015, re3data.org will become an imprint of DataCite and be included in its suite of services.