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Who can use RADAR?

Generally, anyone can use the storage service. However, the service is aimed at the needs of institutions and researchers who want to archive or publish research data.

What user roles are there in RADAR and what rights do they have?

RADAR is based on a clear distribution of roles and tasks.

Administrator: (Contract) administrators are people designated by the customer to set up and manage new workspaces in RADAR, assign the roles of curator or subcurator to users, define the maximum available storage volume and view statistics. Administrators also decide which RADAR services (data publication or archiving) to use. A contract can have one or more administrators.


Curator: A curator is responsible for the research data of a workspace and is appointed by the administrator. A workspace may have one or more curators. The curator is a data provider with full rights who can transfer research data to RADAR, describe it with metadata and archive or publish it. Curators can designate additional persons as subcurators and grant individual registered users access to archived datasets.

Sub-curator: Subcurators are assigned to a specific workspace by the administrator or curator. A workspace can have one or more sub-curators. The subcurator is a data provider with restricted rights that can only transfer data to RADAR and describe it with metadata. Subcurators have read access to the datasets archived in their workspace.

Can third parties access the data and descriptive metadata?

There are different modes of access depending on the selected RADAR service.
Archived datasets are generally not visible to third parties. However, curators can grant individual registered users access to archived datasets. The data provider decides whether third parties can access the metadata records. There are three options: publicly visible; visible to shared users; not visible.
Published datasets and their metadata records are publicly visible and can be downloaded by third parties. If necessary, the data provider can define an embargo period for a dataset. The dataset will then only be made accessible to third parties after this period has expired.

Can user rights be transferred?

User rights can be transferred in accordance with the RADAR terms and conditions. This may be necessary, for example, if responsibilities within an institution change.

In addition to registration with RADAR, are there other options for user authentification?

If your institution is participating in the DFN-AAI, you can log in using you Shibboleth credentials.