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A data repository for the research community with secure preservation and data publication.


Please note: RADAR presentation at the 109th Librarians' Day, 26-29 May 2020, Hanover

On 26. May we will present "Data archiving and publication in the cloud? Requirement criteria and solution models using RADAR as an example" at the 109th Librarian's Day. ...

User Advisory Council: RADAR strengthens the exchange with institutions

In order to further strengthen the exchange with institutions using RADAR, FIZ Karlsruhe has established an user advisory board. The advisory board, which consists of representatives of five institutions… See our press release.

5th RADAR Workshop: Presentations and Summary

On November 27/28, 2019, the 5th RADAR Workshop took place at the Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB) in Halle/Saale. The presentations of the RADAR team and a summary of the workshop are available (all in German language). ...

RADAR Software Release (Version 1.6)

A new version of RADAR (1.6) is available as of 20.11.2019. In addition to additional branding options, it offers an optimised contract administration as well as new functions for downloading MD5 checksums and exporting citations. ...

Publication about RADAR in "Bausteine Forschungsdatenmanagement"

The Open Access Publication Bausteine Forschungsdatenmanagement (Issue No. 2 (2019)) contains an article on demand-driven development of a research data infrastructure using the example of the generic repository RADAR by Kerstin Soltau and Dorothea Strecker (in german language). ...


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Introducing RADAR


RADAR offers institutions and researchers a comprehensive archiving and publishing service with reliable storage options for backing up and managing research data. With RADAR you can promote research data management at your institution and make an important contribution to improve availability, long-term preservation and independent publication of your research data.
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The use of RADAR requires a contract between your institution and FIZ Karlsruhe.
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RADAR Services

Data Archival

RADAR offers format-independent preservation services to store data in compliance with specified long-term storage periods.

Data Publication

RADAR offers a combined service of research data publication and permanent preservation to make your research data citable, traceable and reusable.

Data Peer Review

RADAR gives you an easy way to share the research data associated with your publications with reviewers before being published.

RADAR Features

We understand that the reserach community are really busy. RADAR is here to help you archive and publish your research data with as little effort as possible.



Store your research data reliably in RADAR, either securely archived for private access or publicly accessible. Completely under German jurisdiction.




User Roles

As a researcher, leave the final quality control, archiving or publication to the curators at your institution, if necessary.



Reserve DOI

Reserve a DOI for your dataset immediately after uploading. This allows you to quote it in publications before the research data is published.





Control how and under what conditions your research data may be re-used. You can choose which license (e.g. Creative Commons 4.0) is suitable for your research data.


Bitstream Preservation

You can rely on RADAR: We preserve your research data in multiple copies bit for bit, for decades, according to the holding period selected – no matter which data format you use.



Peer Review Link

Release your data packages for review before publication and share them with external reviewers or the publisher via a secure link.   



OAI Provider

Increase the visibility of your research data: Via OAI-PMH interfaces, we ensure that the metadata of your published research data is disseminated. Your research data can then be found and reused more easily.


Share Data

Share your archived research data with other RADAR users and define who has access to your preserved datasets.




Automate your workflows and integrate RADAR functionality into your own processes. Create your own user interface or use RADAR interface and API in parallel.



Document how you collected your research data to ensure that it can be found and understood in the future. The RADAR metadata scheme is discipline-agnostic and based on DataCite Metadata Scheme 4.0. 



Publish your research data via RADAR. Each published dataset gets allocated a Persistent Identifier (DOI) and is registered with DataCite. This makes it uniquely identifiable, findable and citable.



Specify an embargo period. This allows you to delay the publication of your research data and to comply with publishers' requirements. The metadata of your research data is immediately visible to the public.



Usage Metrics

Track how often your published research data is accessed and downloaded - so you can assess the impact of your research data.

New challenges for institutions and researchers

RADAR Benefits

Researchers, universities and non-university institutions are increasingly required to make research processes and their results transparent, reproducible and comprehensible.
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RADAR for institutions

RADAR supports reliable and secure research data management, even if own infrastructures or services are missing.

RADAR for researchers

To maximise the visibility of your research results, RADAR helps you curate, archive, share, and publish your research data.

FAIR Principles

RADAR promotes the implementation of the FAIR Principles for Research Data

Cooperation Partners

RADAR is operated by FIZ Karlsruhe - Leibniz Institute of Information Infrastructure. FIZ Karlsruhe acts as supplier and contractual partner.


TIB Hannover, as the DOI registrar and German DataCite member, is responsible for DOI registration. Further, TIB also performs consulting, training and marketing tasks for RADAR together with FIZ Karlsruhe.


Three copies of the data are stored at different geographical locations in the data centers of the Steinbuch Center for Computing (SCC) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and in the Center for Information Services and High Performance Calculation (ZIH) at TU Dresden.