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What is RADAR?

RADAR is a multidisciplinary repository for archiving and publishing research data. The focus of RADAR is on research data of the so-called "long tail" disciplines, i.e. from disciplines that deal with smaller amounts of data and usually do not yet have their own infrastructure for research data management. The service is currently only aimed at publicly funded research institutions in Germany. An offer to other institutions, also abroad, is in preparation.

Who operates RADAR?

RADAR is a service for academic research and is supported by renowned German scientific institutions. RADAR is offered and operated by FIZ Karlsruhe - Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure. The technical infrastructure is provided by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) via its Steinbuch Centre for Computing (SCC) and the TU Dresden with its Centre for Information Services and High Performance Computing (ZIH). The Leibniz Information Cenre for Science and Technology (TIB) supports FIZ Karlsruhe in consulting, training and marketing. In addition, RADAR obtains the Digital Object Identifiers (DOI) required for data publication from TIB (DataCite).

How is RADAR funded?

RADAR was funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) from September 2013 to August 2016. During this period, a sustainable, transparent business model was developed to ensure the long-term operation of RADAR. It is based on usage-based fees, contract fees and institutional funding. RADAR has been in regular operation since March 2017 and does not require project-related funding.

What is the RADAR software based on? How is the software licensed?

RADAR is a hosted service. The software used consists of the archive solutions at the Steinbuch Centre of Computing (SCC) and the Centre for Information Services and High Performance Computing (ZIH), the repository management middleware and the frontend (user interface). Middleware and frontend are completely based on open source software (including Cassandra and ElasticSearch). The archive solutions at SCC (HPSS) and ZIH (SpectrumProtect) are partly commercial and not part of the RADAR software. The RADAR software is available under Apache License 2.0 as Open Source.

Is RADAR certified?

The RADAR team is currently working on certification as a "Trustworthy Data Repository" according to the guidelines of the new Core Trust Seal, a joint initiative of DANS and the World Data System (WDS) under the umbrella of the Research Data Alliance (RDA).