About the Data Repository

In this page you will find general information about the Data Repository, how it works and how to get access.

Introduction to Data Repository

Data Repository Service is a trusted digital repository that ensures long-term data preservation. The Data Repository provides an an online data publication platform service to share and publish research data. The aim of the service is to provide support for researcher to publish research data and to preserve published datasets for the long-term, thereby satisfying the requirements of publishers, financiers and (Dutch) science organisations regarding data publication. Furthermore, the user is complete freedom to decide on the structure of the published data, attached metadata schemas, community and access levels.

There is a direct connection between the data repository service and other SURF services such as the Data Archive. The data that you publish in the data repository will eventually end up on the data archive for long-term storage and preservation. The repository is tape-aware, that means that data can automatically be put offline when it is not required for a certain amount of time.

This document is the user guide for basic and advanced usage of the data repository service and also provide best practice in preparing your data and using the service.

For what data

The Data Repository service is suitable for publishing research data especially in the field of Big Data sciences. The repository imposes no limits on the data volume and number of files, but does have some guidelines on how to efficiently store your data for publication.

How to get access

You can get access to the Data Repository by contacting the SURF helpdesk at helpdesk.surfsara.nl. For large publications you will need a contract or be incorporated in existing contracts of your institute.

You can also contact your institute’s IT department or research desk for more information and further assistance.