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Making Research Data Repositories Visible: The Registry
Published: Monday, November 04, 2013
Author: Heinz Pampel et al.

by Heinz Pampel, Paul Vierkant, Frank Scholze, Roland Bertelmann, Maxi Kindling, Jens Klump, Hans-Jürgen Goebelbecker, Jens Gundlach, Peter Schirmbacher, Uwe Dierolf

Researchers require infrastructures that ensure a maximum of accessibility, stability and reliability to facilitate working with and sharing of research data. Such infrastructures are being increasingly summarized under the term Research Data Repositories (RDR). The project–Registry of Research Data Repositories–has begun to index research data repositories in 2012 and offers researchers, funding organizations, libraries and publishers an overview of the heterogeneous research data repository landscape. In July 2013 lists 400 research data repositories and counting. 288 of these are described in detail using the vocabulary. Information icons help researchers to easily identify an adequate repository for the storage and reuse of their data. This article describes the heterogeneous RDR landscape and presents a typology of institutional, disciplinary, multidisciplinary and project-specific RDR. Further the article outlines the features of, and shows how this registry helps to identify appropriate repositories for storage and search of research data.