Repositorys and research data

A large number of Open Access documents and related research data are stored in repositories.

Repositories are databases in which objects can be published, indexed and archived. A primary distinction is made between discipline-specific and institutional repositories, which accept either only documents/data from specific disciplines or (respectively) from a single institution. The majority of universities and non-university research institutions in Berlin and Brandenburg operate an institutional repository [1].

One of the most successful international projects is ArXiv. This preprint server publishes documents from the disciplines of physics, mathematics and computer science and is supported by an international consortium. In some disciplines, discipline-specific repositories have been established [1], such as EconStor for economics literature.

The Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR) and the Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR) are available for searching for suitable repositories.

Research data can also be archived in repositories and made publicly accessible. Depending on the scientific discipline, the selection of a suitable data archive can be very large and confusing. Here the portal (Registry of Research Data Repositories) with its integrated search function offers a suitable contact point.

Since 2019, the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg has had a guideline for the handling of research data as well as additional, supplementary recommendations for action (on the intranet under Ratgeber - Forschung - Forschungsdatenmanagement). There you can find information on all important questions concerning research data management, from the creation of a data management plan to the publication and verification of your data.

Further information about research data as well as contact persons and advice can be found on our website or contact us personally:

 [1] #2: Der Grüne Weg - KOBV-Newsletter – 5-teilige Sonderausgabe – 24. bis 30. Oktober 2016 zur International Open Access Week „Open in Action“. Pamela Aust, Kerstin Helbig, Anja Doreen Müller, CC BY 4.0


Kathrin Woywod
Informations-; Kommunikations- und Medienzentrum (IKMZ)