What is re3data.org?
re3data.org is a global registry of research data repositories. The registry covers research data repositories from different academic disciplines. re3data.org presents repositories for the permanent storage and access of data sets to researchers, funding bodies, publishers and scholarly institutions. re3data.org aims to promote a culture of sharing, increased access and better visibility of research data.
In December 2012 re3data.org launched an alpha version. The registry will be continuously developed and improved together with relevant stakeholders.
re3data.org is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). More information about the project behind re3data.org can be found on our about page.
Why is re3data.org useful?
re3data.org helps researchers to find appropriate repositories for the storage and access of research data. Further, it can be used by funding organisations to promote permanent access to research data from their funded research projects. In addition re3data.org offers publishers and academic institutions a tool for the identification of research data repositories where scientists can deposit their data.
What do the icons mean?
The icons shall help users to identify important characteristics of a research data repository at first sight. The following table explains the meaning of the icons:
How can I add a research data repository to re3data.org?
As shown in the matrix below the access to the research data repository is the basic level to define the general framework of access to the actual research data sets, e.g. a research data set in a research data repository that is restricted through registration cannot be open but just restricted or even closed; a research data set in a closed research data repository which underlies access restrictions that cannot be overcome by external users is neither open nor restricted but only closed. Thus to define the general accessibility of a research data repository the values highlighted in orange are needed (values in braces can occur).
|Access (property)||Open Access||Restricted Access||Closed Access|
|Access to Repository|
|open||open or restricted||closed|
|Access to Data|
|open (embargoed, restricted, closed)||restricted (embargoed, closed)||closed|
|open or restricted||closed||open or restricted||closed||-|
How can I work with re3data.org?
re3data.org gives you an overview of the research data repository landscape. It helps researchers to find an appropriate repositories for the storage and access of data sets. The re3data.org icon system shows relevant properties of a data repository, e.g.: whether a research data repository assigns persistent identifiers to its datasets.
The simple search allows to search for a scientific discipline like geoscience or to search for a specific data repository like PANGAEA.
Furthermore a set of filters allows to specify search criteria. This can be helpful, for example for displaying only open access repositories.
Can I re-use the re3data.org data?
In the future it will be possible to re-use the re3data.org metadata without any restrictions (depending on the technical development of re3data.org).
Can I have the re3data.org logo?
Yes, here you go: re3data.org logo zip archive
It would be great if you would let us know where you used it.
Any more questions?
Have a look at the re3data.org schema or just send us an email. Your feedback is always appreciated!