The aim of the RADAR - Research Data Repository- project is to set up and establish a research data infrastructure that facilitates research data management.
Digital data production has increased rapidly in recent years; an end to the growth is not in sight. In order to ensure the growing data volumes will be available for use by generations to come, appropriate infrastructures for preserving and publishing research data must be established and expanded.
As such, RADAR makes a key contribution to ensure a better availability, sustainable preservation and publishability of (independent) research data. Especially the latter is currently lacking in many scientific disciplines.
RADAR is managed by an interdisciplinary project team consisting of cooperating research institutes from the fields of natural and information sciences: the FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure, the Steinbuch Centre for Computing (SCC) with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich (LMU), Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy, the Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB) and the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB).
As a generic, interdisciplinary service, RADAR pursues a two-stage approach with a (discipline-agnostic) starter package for preserving research data (also in the context of good scientific practice) and a superior package for data publication with integrated data preservation.
The starter package is primarily targeted at institions and researchers from the “long tail of sicence” who submit research proposals. Therefore, it encompasses format-independent preservation with a minimum metadata set. With the starter package, scientists are given the opportunity to preserve their data in compliance with specified storage periods (e.g., 10 years according to DFG recommendations). The target groups of the superior package are researchers (also from industry) who are interested in a long-term subsequent use of their data. Both packages will be part of a business model which includes one-off payments depending on data volumes and storage periods. Using this cost model, the project aims to establish a sustainable operation environment for the data archive as well as a tool for scientists to apply for data management funds.
The future domain of RADAR as an interdisciplinary research data archive based on a two-stage data preservation and cost model will be primarily placed within those scientific communites, were an appropriate research data infrastructure is still lacking; therefore, no competition to renowned, discipline-specific scientific data repositories is anticipated. A close cooperation between scientists, expert organisations and publishing houses will ensure that the RADAR infrastructure will be developed according to the needs of the present and future research communities.