re3data.org Reaches a Milestone & Begins Offering Badges

re3data.org has reached a milestone of identifying and listing 1,500 research data repositories, making it the largest and most comprehensive registry of data repositories available on the web. It has grown steadily since its launch four years ago to cover a wide range of disciplines from around the world.

Growth in repository listings in re3data.org from August 2012 to March 2016

Growth in repository listings in re3data.org from August 2012 to March 2016

In other news, badges are now available for repositories to acknowledge and link to their listings in re3data.org. Badges are dynamically created for each repository to display the name of the repository with the icons and DOI associated with its registry entry.

Example badge for the PANGAEA repository

Example badge for the PANGAEA repository

To generate a badge for a repository, simply look up it up in re3data.org and click “Get a Badge” at the bottom of the page. Badges are available in two different sizes and colors to match the theme of your repository, and they can be downloaded in SVG and PNG formats or embedded using a snippet of HTML.

Some examples of how data repositories have integrated these badges include the Bielefeld University, CLARIN, PURR, and the Landcare Research Data Repository.

Enhancements to creating and updating the registry

We are happy to announce a new feature that enables users to more easily suggest corrections and enhancements of information about research data repositories registered in re3data.org.

Below every re3data.org record you can find the feature “submit a change request”. Clicking this button brings you to a form where you can submit changes to the repository’s registry record along with your private, optional comments and contact information:

Change request form of the DRYAD re3data.org record

Change request form of the DRYAD re3data.org record

Also new is our advanced suggest form to add research data repositories to re3data.org. By using the form, users and repository managers can provide detailed information about repositories that are not yet listed. New backend workflow system enables all changes and suggestions to be reviewed and committed in a timely manner by a member of our editorial board.

re3data.org is a service of DataCite, listing over 1.400 research data repositories. Since 2012, re3data.org has provided researchers, funding bodies, publishers and other research organizations with detailed information about research data repositories. re3data.org merged with Databib in 2014 with past support provided by DFG in Germany and the IMLS in the United States.

New re3data.org Schema and Search Functionality

We are pleased to announce the publication of version 3.0 of the “Metadata Schema for the Description of Research Data Repositories”.

This updated version of the re3data.org schema incorporates feedback from users as well as changes in registry policies and structural adjustments to the schema designed to better reflect changes in the landscape of research data repositories. New faceted and filtered search capabilities have also been added to improve searching of re3data.org.

Rücknagel, J.; Vierkant P.; Ulrich, R.; Kloska, G.; Schnepf, E.; Fichtmüller, D.; Reuter, E.; Semrau, A.; Kindling, M.; Pampel, H.; Witt, M.; Fritze, F.; Van de Sandt, S.; Klump, J.; Goebelbecker, H.-J.; Skarupianski , M.; Bertelmann, R.; Schirmbacher, P.; Scholze, F.; Kramer, C.; Fuchs, C.; Spier, S.; Kirchhoff, A.: Metadata Schema for the Description of Research Data Repositories. Version 3.0. December 2015. DOI: http://doi.org/10.2312/re3.008

re3data.org is a service of DataCite, listing over 1.400 research data repositories. Since 2012, re3data.org has provided researchers, funding bodies, publishers and other research organizations with detailed information about research data repositories. After the merger of DataBib and re3data.org in 2014, the joint registry started collaborating with DataCite. In 2015, the DataCite General Assembly officially approved the inclusion of re3data.org into its service portfolio.

Introduction of the re3data.org persistent identifier

We are happy to introduce the re3data.org persistent identifier.

From now on every re3data.org record is persistently accessible and citable via its own persistent identifier. As part of our close cooperation with DataCite we use the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) system to refer to the re3data.org records.

Example:

The re3data.org record of the “Dryad Digital Repository” is now available via accessible http://doi.org/10.17616/R34S33

We also added a citation suggestion for each record:

re3data-org-DOI

Example from the re3data.org record of the “PANGAEA – Data Publisher for Earth and Environmental Science”.

This functionality allows the permanent access to the re3data.org description of a research data repository, regardless of name changes or other future modifications.

DataCite to Manage and Develop re3data.org

The DataCite General Assembly met at the British Library last week and approved the inclusion of the re3data.org registry of research data repositories into the portfolio of services that are managed by the DataCite organization.

DataCite and re3data.orgOver 1,200 data repositories have been indexed by re3data.org and can be searched and accessed at its website or by using its API. Bringing this service together with DataCite, who mints and manages Digital Object Identifiers for datasets, will yield new opportunities to explore in combining a registry of data repositories with information about persisted datasets to create new value for the research community.

A new re3data.org Working Group within DataCite will be co-chaired by Michael Witt and Frank Scholze, who will also lead the editorial board that evaluates new additions and maintains the records in the registry. Members of the working group will be appointed by the DataCite Executive Board and include equal participation from the original re3data.org project partners and DataCite member institutions. The working group will convene in September to migrate the operation of re3data.org to DataCite at the end of the year. Infrastructure and technical support for re3data.org will continue to be provided by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

Project partners in re3data.org include the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Purdue University, and KIT. The work of re3data.org has been funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) in Germany and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in the United States.

Merger of Databib and re3data.org, first version of API available

On the occasion of the Research Data Alliance’s Fifth Plenary Meeting, we are pleased to report progress in the consolidation of the Databib and re3data.org initiatives into a shared registry and website and to announce the availability of an Application Programming Interface (API) to enable machine access to the merged registry.

The registry and collective effort are now known as re3data.org, while Databib has become the name of the editorial board of volunteers who review and enhance records for inclusion in the registry. The consolidated registry contains information for more than 1,130 data repositories that are accessed by over 5,000 unique visitors each month. On average, 10 new repositories are added every week.

A new REST-API is currently being beta tested that provides the full list of repositories and enables retrieval of full, structured records describing individual repositories. The interface aims to implement a RESTful application architecture. In line with the HATEOAS concept, the data can be discovered automatically and retrieved in XML by following hypermedia links. The interface, currently being beta, supports versioning and will be extended with future requirements. The schema and developer documentation for the API are available online. Feedback on the API and suggestions for new functionality for the API specification are welcomed by sending email to info@re3data.org.

re3data-orgAbout re3data.org

re3data.org strives offers reliable orientation in the heterogeneous landscape of research data repositories and provides a point of integration with other components of global cyberinfrastructure and “data fabric”.

Project partners in re3data.org are the Library and Information Services department (LIS) of the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, the Computer and Media Service at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Purdue University Libraries and the KIT Library at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

The work of re3data.org has been funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) in Germany and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in the United States.

re3data.org is transitioning to become an imprint of DataCite and to be included in its suite of services by the end of 2015.

Version 2.2 of the Schema for the Description of Research Data Repositories published

 Schema for the description of research data repositories. Version 2.2Following a successful RFC period we are happy to announce the publication of version 2.2 of the “Schema for the Description of Research Data Repositories”.

We managed to integrate most of the ideas that we received. In version 2.2 new properties and controlled vocabularies were added and some definitions changed.

We thank all contributors for their comments, suggestions and ideas improving the schema and re3data.org.

Vierkant, P., Spier, S., Ruecknagel, J., Pampel, H., Fritze, F., Gundlach, J., Fichtmüller, D., Kindling, M., Kirchhoff, A., Göbelbecker, H.-J., Klump, J., Kloska, G., Reuter, E., Semrau, A., Schnepf, E., Skarupianski, M., Bertelmann, R., Schirmbacher, P., Scholze, F., Kramer, C., Witt, M., Fuchs, C., Ulrich, R. (2014): Description of Research Data Repositories Version 2.2 , 27 p. DOI: http://doi.org/10.2312/re3.006

Over 1,000 research data repositories indexed in re3data.org

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.

Growth of re3data.org

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.

The work of re3data.org is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) in Germany and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in the United States.

Request for Comments: Schema for the Description of Research Data Repositories Version 2.2

re3data.org, the Registry of Research Data Repositories, has identified and described over 900 data repositories from around the world covering all academic disciplines. Data repositories are currently described in the registry using the Description of Research Data Repositories Version 2.1 metadata schema that was published in December 2013.

Schema for the Description of Research Data Repositories - RFC Version 2.2An update to the schema, Version 2.2, has been proposed based on experience and community input. Further review and comments are requested.

The draft schema can be accessed at http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.11748.

The new version includes additional properties and controlled terms as well as new and revised definitions.

Comments can be submitted before October 20, 2014, by commenting on this blog entry or by emailing info [@] re3data.org. Input from the community is appreciated and will be incorporated into the final release, which is expected in December 2014.

Thank you for your contribution!

Wikipedia Entry for re3data.org

As of May 11th, you can find an article with basic information about re3data.org in the English version of Wikipedia. Feel free to link it to other Wikipedia articles on research data management or otherwise use it as a reference.

Growth of re3data.org

Looking back over two years of development and growth of re3data.org, we began in August 2012 with 23 entries. At the time of our official launch, 171 research data repositories had been cataloged. By December 2013, the team had indexed 387 repositories.

Growth of re3data.orgWith the merger of Databib and re3data.org, we have become the most comprehensive registry of research data repositories with nearly 650 repositories represented worldwide. An average of 10 repositories are added to our registry every week. By improving our internal workflows and integrating Databib’s international board of editors, growth and quality are expected to continue as we anticipated reaching 1,000 repositories indexed before the end of the year.