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


RADAR Software Release (Version 1.8)

Since 15.12.2020 the RADAR software is online in v1.8. Among other things, we have optimized one of our core functions, the research data upload, and made it expandable for future enhancements. …

RADAR Data included in B2FIND

Research data published on RADAR are included in the recently improved version of EUDAT's B2FIND service (Community: RADAR). ...

FIZ Karlsruhe Member of the TIB DOI Consortium

Due to the strategic reorientation of DataCite, the previously free DOI registration service of TIB was reorganized. This restructuring also affected RADAR. ...

FIZ Karlsruhe successful in the first funding round of the NFDI

At the Joint Science Conference (GWK) on 26 June 2020, the Federal Government and the federal states decided to fund nine consortia in the NFDI. FIZ Karlsruhe is involved as co-applicant in two consortia, with RADAR amongst others. ...

Why is RADAR not certified according to CoreTrustSeal?

We often hear this question and our answer is: Because it is not possible. Currently, CoreTrustSeal certification is only suitable for repositories that take responsibility for ...


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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 research data published in RADAR 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.