– from Funding to Growing

Good news: has received another two year grant. The German Research Foundation (DFG) has extended the funding of – Registry of Research Data Repositories for two years.

Until the end of 2015 new functionalities will be implemented and more research data repositories will be indexed to offer researchers, funding organizations and libraries all over the world an easy-to-use overview of the heterogeneous research data repository landscape.

Currently the registry lists 634 research data repositories from around the world covering all academic disciplines. 586 of these are described in detail using the schema. An innovative icon system helps researchers to easily identify an adequate research data repository for the storage of their research data.

At the moment our developers are working on a workflow system that will allow repository operators to edit the entries of their research data infrastructure.

Already in December 2013 the project team released the version 2.1 of the comprehensive “Schema for the Description of Research Data Repositories” (

More and more funders and research institutions recommend the use of Two examples from the past months: is recommended in the European Commission’s “Guidelines on Open Access to Scientific Publications and Research Data in Horizon 2020″ (PDF) and, on a national level, in the University Bielefeld’s “Resolution on Research Data Management“.

Since early 2012 has been indexing research data repositories. Project partners in are the Library and Information Services department (LIS) of the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, the Computer and Media Service at the Humboldt-Universit├Ąt zu Berlin and the KIT Library at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

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