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RADAR Presentation and Poster at the WissKom2019, 04.-06.06 2019, Jülich, Germany

Published: 13.05.2019


RADAR will be represented at theWissKom2019 with the lecture "Management of digital research data in the academic environment - Lessons learned from the introduction of RADAR" and with a poster. Presentation, fullpaper (proceedings) and poster for download (in German).


The Wisskom 2019 will be organised by the Central Library at Forschungszentrum Jülich. At the conference in the field of modern librarianship and contemporary information transfer, the strategies, handling, resources and administration of research data as well as the practical implementation of the research data management from the perspective of science management and libraries. The conference language is German.

The technical programme can be found here, the possibility to register here.



RADAR Quickstart Guides

Published: 13.05.2019


We have created RADAR Quickstart Guides so that future RADAR administrators and RADAR curators can quickly and easily become familiar with RADAR. They provide a brief and descriptive overview of role-specific activities of administrators and curators.


You will find the Quickstart Guides in German and English on our Ressourcen & Tools pages.



RADAR Test System

Published: 13.05.2019


Our RADAR test system is now available under a new URL:
Under this URL, you can test RADAR for your institution free of charge and without any obligations. Quickly find out how this works here.


Please take note. Until further notice there will be a corresponding ReDirect. The settings and data of all existing RADAR test contracts are unchanged. Excluded from this are users who accessed the RADAR test system via DFN-AAI. Please contact in this case.



RADAR Lectures at the EScience Days, 27.-29. 03. 2019, Heidelberg

Published: 13.03.2019


RADAR will participate in the EScience Days with the following two presentations (in German language):

- „Demand-oriented further development of RADAR as a research data repository for KIT“: joint Tandem Talk with KIT Karlsruhe (Thursday, 28.03. 14:20-14:40). Download Presentation.

- „Further development and linking of generic research data services: Possible scenarios for the interaction of RADAR and RDMO": joint Lightning Talk with RDMO (Thursday, 28.3. from 16:00-17:30). Download Presentation.

Full programme here, registration until 13 March 2019 here.



RADAR poster at the RDA Germany Annual Conference 2019, 19./20.02.2019, Potsdam, Germany

Published: 21.02.2019


A RADAR poster (in German) was presented at the RDA Germany Annual Conference 2019. It is available here or on the page „Publications & Presentations“. A German abstract of the poster is published here on the RDA Germany website.



RADAR at the DINI/nestor-AG Forschungsdaten Workshop "Needs Assessments - Basis for Customized Infrastructures", 29-30 Jan 2019

Published: 19.12.2018


he DINI/nestor-AG Forschungsdaten invites in cooperation with the project UNEKE of the University Library Duisburg-Essen and the IT Center of the RWTH Aachen University to the workshop "Needs assessments - basis for custom-fit infrastructures?" at the University Duisburg-Essen on January 29-30, 2019.

Kerstin Soltau from FIZ Karlsruhe - Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure talks about "Demand-driven development of a research data infrastructure using the example of the generic repository RADAR".

Further information and the possibility to register can be found at the DINI website. Please note: The workshop language will be German.

The presentations of the workshop can be found here.



RADAR software release (version 1.3)

Published: 28.11.2019


From 29.11.2018 a new RADAR version (1.3) is available. In addition to technical system optimizations, version 1.3 offers you the following new functions and improvements:


New Function: Metadata Standard Values at Contract Level

In order to simplify the metadata description of datasets, it has already been possible to predefine default values at the workspace level (e.g. for institution, publisher, license, rights holder, etc.). This function is now also available at the contract level and can be accessed by RADAR administrators via the "Contract > Information" page.
The application of metadata standard values has also been optimized: As soon as metadata standard values have been defined, they are now automatically applied to each newly uploaded data package. This eliminates the need to click the "Use [Workspace] Default" button.
Please note:
- Default values at workspace level always take precedence over those at contract level.
- If the metadata values for a data package differ from the standard values, these can still be edited individually by the data provider.


New function: Branding

RADAR can now be moderately adapted to the corporate design of the user institution. As the first branding option, the RADAR logo can be replaced by your own logo. Furthermore, a link to an institutional website (e.g. to contact persons in the library or in the research data management department) can be defined, allowing RADAR users quick access to this internal resource. The new "Branding" function is available to RADAR administrators through the "Contract > Information" page. The introduction of further branding options is planned for future RADAR releases.
Please note: For a maximum integration of RADAR into existing own infrastructures and workflows the RADAR API can be used and a tailor-made user interface implemented.


New function: Data integrity check during data upload

When uploading research data, the data provider can now optionally request a check for data integrity (MD5 hash value). The data provider can choose between 2 options:
- automatic calculation of the checksum (MD5) locally via browser or
- manual input after external determination of the checksum (MD5).
In both cases, the checksum is compared to the MD5 hash value calculated by the server after the upload. This ensures that possible data transmission errors can be detected and corrected by a new upload.

New data format (.tar) in the permanent archive storage

When data is archived or published, a dataset is created from the files (research and metadata) in the temporary memory, including their directory structure. This is now transferred as a TAR file (.tar) to the permanent archive storage of the data centres involved (SCC/KIT, Karlsruhe and ZIH, Dresden) and stored there.
The .tar format is a standard format for data archiving on tape (.tar like "tape archiver"). It offers the possibility to write files and directories of the research dataset sequentially into a single dataset. TAR files are not compressed and can be unpacked with standard packing programs (e.g. 7-Zip).   
All datasets previously stored in RADAR are converted from ZIP to TAR format.


We hope that the new functions are an improvement for you and would be happy to answer any questions you may have at .


Publication: Rack, F (2018). RADAR - Licenses for Long-Tail Research Data

Published: 26.10.2018


In the issue "Licensing data and rights documentation in dialogue - sustainable design of data flows" , the article by our colleague Fabian Rack on page 30 provides information on "RADAR - Licenses for long-tail research data". The issue is a 40-page special publication on the information event of the same name, which took place on November 7, 2017 in the German National Library (Deutsche Nationalbibliothek) in Frankfurt/Main.


The issue (in German language exclusively) can be downloaded as PDF here.


RADAR lecture at the Leibniz Symposium on the NFDI, 04.10.2018, Berlin

Published: 04.10.2018


The formation of scientific consortia for the National Research Infrastructure (NFDI) with the active participation of Leibniz Institutes is already in full swing.

At the Leibniz Symposium "Getting Started: Leibniz in the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI)" FIZ Karlsruhe - Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure is participating with 3 lectures:

- Sabine Brünger-Weilandt, President & CEO of FIZ Karlsruhe: "National Research Data Infrastructure: the Idea"

- Matthias Razum, Head e-research: „RADAR - Archiving and Publication of Research Data as a Building Block for the NFDI“

- Prof. Dr. Franziska Boehm, Vice President Intellectual Property Rights „Legal Issues in the NFDI“


The presentations (all in German language) are published here .


RADAR presentation at the 61st Annual Conference of the Chancellor on 22 09 2018, Saarbrücken, Germany

Published: 21.09.2018


Matthias Razum presents RADAR in the topic block "Research data management: individual, institutional or national solution?" at the Chancellor's Annual Conference 2018 of the Universities of Germany with focus on " Digitalization". The title of the lecture is "Management of digital research data and virtual research environments".


The complete agenda of the annual conference of the German Chancellery 2018 can be found here.



RADAR presentation at the 11th Wildau Library Symposium on 11th / 12th September

Published: 05.09.2018


"From project to product - operating models in the academic environment using the example of RADAR" - this is the presentation by Matthias Razum at the 11th Wildau Library Symposium "Innovation and Digitization".


The main topics of the 11th Wildau Library Symposium are, among other things, today's technologies, which could be tomorrow's topics for services from information facilities. The complete program of the symposium as well as all abstracts and further information can be found here. Please note: The symposium will be German.




4. RADAR Workshop: Presentations and Summary

Published: 12.07.2018


On June 25/26, 2018 the 4th RADAR Workshop took place in Karlsruhe. It was organised by FIZ Karlsruhe with the participation of the RADAR project team (Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB), Hannover, the Steinbuch Centre for Computing (SCC/KIT), Karlsruhe, and the Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB), Halle) in the library of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).


The 22 participants included representatives of scientific research institutions, libraries, computer centres, institutes and companies from all over Germany.


The first day included a basic introduction into RADAR, a live demonstration of the system, a brief introduction to the programming interface (API), and information on prices and contracts, and especially addressed people who were not yet familiar with RADAR. The second day was mainly used to look forward to future options and to exchange ideas with the community. In addition to presentations on the planned functional enhancements as well as on alternative application scenarios and extensions of the business model, several participant contributions on the topic of "Integration of RADAR (repositories) in work processes/workflows" and the concluding "Q&A round" provided an opportunity for mutual exchange and discussion.


Many thanks to all participants for the exciting questions, contributions, suggestions and discussions!


Presentations presented by the RADAR project team during the workshop in PDF format (in German language only):



A summary of the workshop as PDF (in German language) is available here.


For further information, please contact us at




4. RADAR-Workshop on June 25 and June 26, 2018 in Karlsruhe

Published: 17.05.2018


We invite you to participate in our 4. RADAR-Workshop on June 25 and June 26, 2018 in Karlsruhe.
Please note: The workshop and all further information about it will be in German.


  Montag, 25.06.2018
13:00 - 13:30  Registrierung / Kaffee
13:30 - 13:35  Begrüßung
13:35 - 14:30  Einführung in RADAR und grundlegende Konzepte
14:30 - 15:30  Live-Vorführung
15:30 - 16:00  Kaffeepause
16:00 - 16:15  RADAR API
16:15 - 16:45  Preise und Verträge
16:45 - 17:30  Diskussion, Fragen & Antworten
17:30  Ende


  Dienstag, 26.06.2018
9:00 - 9:30  Registrierung / Kaffee
9:30 - 9:35  Begrüßung
9:35 - 10:00  RADAR-Funktionen für Fortgeschrittene
10:00 - 10:45  Funktionale Erweiterungen von RADAR
10:45 - 11:15  Diskussion
11:15 - 11:30  Kaffeepause
11:30 - 12:00  Erweiterungen des Geschäftsmodells / Alternative Einsatzszenarien von RADAR
12:00 - 12:30  Diskussion
12:30 - 13:30  Mittagspause  
13:30 - 14:30  Integration von RADAR in Arbeitsprozesse / Workflows
14:30 - 15:00  Diskussion
15:00 - 15:15  Kaffeepause
15:15 - 16:15  Fragen & Antworten
16:15 - 16:30  Aufnahme Feedback, Zusammenfassung & Ausblick
16:30  Ende





Eine Teilnahme nur an einem der beiden Tage ist möglich. Am Abend des 25. Juni besteht die Möglichkeit eines gemeinsamen Abendessens ab ca. 19 Uhr abseits des Campus auf Selbstzahlerbasis. Der Workshop ist kostenfrei und wird veranstaltet von FIZ Karlsruhe unter Beteiligung des RADAR-Projektteams (Institut für Pflanzenbiochemie (IPB), Halle / Steinbuch Centre for Computing, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (SCC/KIT) / TIB, Hannover).

Veranstaltungsort ist der Tagungsraum (Geb. 30.50) der Bibliothek des Karlsruher Instituts für Technologie (KIT) - Campus Süd (, Straße am Forum 2, in 76131 Karlsruhe.

Zur Anmeldung schicken Sie bitte eine kurze E-Mail unter Angabe Ihrer Kontaktdaten an (Anmeldezeitraum: 28. Mai - 15. Juni).
Bitte geben Sie an, falls Sie nur an einem der beiden Tage teilnehmen werden und ob Sie am gemeinsamen Abendessen dabei sein möchten. Bitte beachten Sie, dass die Teilnehmerzahl auf ca. 35 Personen beschränkt sein wird.

Wir streben einen möglichst interaktiven Workshop an und freuen uns auf Ihre Fragen und Diskussionsbeiträge. Falls Sie im Vorfeld bereits konkrete Fragen oder Anregungen haben, lassen Sie uns diese bitte möglichst vorab zukommen. Wir würden uns freuen, Sie in Karlsruhe begrüßen zu dürfen!




RADAR at the 9th DINI/nestor Expert Workshop "Legal Questions in the Handling of Research Data"

Published: 09.05.2018


The DINI/nestor-AG Forschungsdaten in cooperation with the BMBF project DataJus invites to work on the topic "Legal questions in handling research data" in the form of an expert workshop at the GESIS - Leibniz Institute for Social Sciences in Cologne on 21 and 22 June.

Matthias Razum and Fabian Rack of FIZ Karlsruhe - Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure will present "Liability, contract, data protection using RADAR as an example - perspective of a service provider".

Further information and the possibility to register can be found at the DINI website. Please note: The workshop language will be German.



Save the date: 4. RADAR-Workshop on June 25 and June 26, 2018 in Karlsruhe

Published: 26.04.2018


We are pleased to announce the 4th RADAR Workshop on June 25 and June 26, 2018 in Karlsruhe and invite you to attend.
Please note: The workshop and all further information about it will be in German.

Montag, 25. Juni nachmittags:

  • Einführung in RADAR und grundlegende Konzepte
  • Vorführung von RADAR
  • Preise und Verträge

Dieser Teil richtet sich vor allem an Personen, die mit RADAR noch nicht vertraut sind.

Dienstag, 26. Juni ganztägig:

  • Funktionale Erweiterungen von RADAR
  • Anforderungen aus der Community
  • Erweiterungen des Geschäftsmodells / alternative Einsatzszenarien von RADAR
  • Integration von RADAR in Arbeitsprozesse / Workflows

Die finale Agenda und die Möglichkeit zur Anmeldung folgen in Kürze. Wir streben einen möglichst interaktiven Workshop an und freuen uns auf Ihre Fragen und Diskussionsbeiträge. Bitte beachten Sie, dass die Teilnehmerzahl auf ca. 35 Personen beschränkt sein wird. Eine Teilnahme nur an einem der beiden Tage ist möglich.

Die Veranstaltung wird in den Räumen der Bibliothek des Karlsruher Instituts für Technologie (KIT) - Campus Süd (, Straße am Forum 2, in 76131 Karlsruhe stattfinden.

Falls Sie im Vorfeld Fragen oder Anregungen haben, stehen wir Ihnen gerne unter zur Verfügung.



New version of RADAR available

Published: 26.04.2018


RADAR strives to offer a solution for uncomplicated and reliable research data services to all interested parties.

Since April 17, 2018 a new version of RADAR is available, which was developed with web accessibility in mind.

The web accessibility of RADAR was optimized and tested successfully internally according to WCAG* and BITV 2.0 **.

*Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, developed by the WAI (Web Accessibility Initiative) of the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium)
** Barrierefreie Informationstechnik-Verordnung — BITV 2.0



RADAR Video Tutorials

Published: 26.04.2018


Learn step by step with the help of our videotutorials how to reliably archive or publish your research data with RADAR.

Learn in 8 short tutorials how to register with RADAR, how to create and use a workspace, how to upload, archive and publish your research data in RADAR and how to describe it with metadata. Each video tutorial contains a short information about which RADAR user role (administrator, curator and/or subcurator) is addressed.

Please note: currently, our video tutorials are available only in German.


RADAR included in list of research data repositories

Published: 27.07.2017 is a global registry of research data repositories. The registry covers research data repositories from different academic disciplines. presents repositories for the permanent storage and access to datasets for researchers, funding bodies, publishers and academic institutions. aims to promote a culture of sharing and increased access to research data. helps researchers to find appropriate repositories for the storage and access of research data. Further, it can be used by funding organisations to promote permanent access to research data from their research projects. In addition offers publishers and academic institutions a tool for the identification of research data repositories where scientists can deposit their data.

Click here to view the RADAR listing on