RADAR offers researchers at publicly funded universities and non-academic research institutions in Germany a customized and user-friendly repository for archiving and publication of research data independent of discipline and format. The administration of the service, the individual workflows for uploading, organising and annotating the research data with metadata as well as the curation of the datasets and optional quality assurance through peer review are the responsibility of the using institution. For data archiving, data providers can flexibly choose retention periods (5, 10, 15 years) and define access rights. Published datasets are kept for at least 25 years, they are always assigned a DOI via DataCite and can thus be internationally identified and cited. RADAR is operated exclusively on servers in Germany. The data are stored in three copies at two locations. All contracts are subject to German law.
RADAR was established by an experienced consortium to develop an infrastructure that facilitates the preservation, publication and traceability of research data. The project was funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) from 2013 to 2016 within the programme “Scientific Library Services and Information Systems (LIS)”. The technical infrastructure of RADAR was provided by the FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure and the Steinbuch Centre for Computing (SCC). The Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich (LMU), Faculty for Chemistry and Pharmacy, and the Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB) provided the scientific specification for data management services. The German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) considered the sustainable management and publication of research data.