Research data are valuable and ubiquitous. The permanent access to research data is a challenge for all stakeholders in the scientific community. The long-term preservation and the principle of open access to research data offer broad opportunities for the scientific community.
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, 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.
According to the schedule the registry will go live in autumn 2012.
re3data.org is funded by the German Research Foundation DFG in the period 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.