What are the advantages of archiving or publishing research data with RADAR?
As more and more data is generated during research processes, the appropriate management of this data is becoming more important. This view is increasingly shared by research funding agencies, which increasingly tie the allocation of funding to requirements concerning data.
The storage of research data in RADAR ensures that these requirements are met and research adheres to the rules for good scientific practice.
In addition, the publication of scientific data increases the visibility and traceability of research. Third parties can find and cite datasets, leading to the reuse of research results.
How does RADAR support researchers in publishing research results?
RADAR services can be integrated into the process of publishing journal articles. If a journal requires the publication of the underlying research data, researchers can publish their data on RADAR and connect the unique DOI of the dataset to the journal article. The data can also be reviewed prior to publication, for example as part of a peer review process. For this purpose, data providers can generate a non-public link to the dataset that can then be passed on to the reviewers.
How does RADAR support researchers in creating a Data Management Plan (DMP)?
Researchers can refer to RADAR services when describing the storage or archiving strategy in data management plans. Archived and published datasets receive a unique and persistent identifier that can serve as proof of sustainable data storage for funding institutions. When applying for funding, applicants can add the costs of publishing or archiving research data with RADAR into the application and thus procure the necessary means to make use of RADAR services. The current price list can be found here.
Is there a recommended storage period for research data?
In its recommendations for "Safeguarding Good Scientific Practice", the German Research Foundation (DFG) suggests the storage of data on which publications are based for a period of 10 years. This period is often mentioned in the context of research data management. Nevertheless, there is no general recommendation for data retention periods across all disciplines. Depending on the field of research, service providers or institutions, different requirements can come into effect.
When archiving data with RADAR, data providers can select the retention period for datasets (5, 10 or 15 years). If necessary, the retention period can be extended. For published datasets, RADAR guarantees the availability of the data for at least 25 years.