Digital Long-term Preservation

The volume of digital research data has increased rapidly across all fields in recent years – and no end to this trend is in sight.


Digital data have become ever more important for disseminating and reproducing scientific results. Accordingly, there is a strong need for services that allow for the publication, storage, sharing, and post-processing of data while maintaining good scientific practice. To address this need, FIZ Karlsruhe conducts research together with national and international partners and develops practice-oriented solutions.

RADAR – Research Data Repository

With RADAR, FIZ Karlsruhe offers a cross-disciplinary service for the archival and publication of research data from completed research projects. RADAR focuses on the "Long Tail", i.e. subjects in which discipline-specific research data management solutions do not yet exist.

In the first instance, RADAR will be available to publicly funded institutions in Germany (e.g. universities and research institutions). The business model provides two service levels:

  1. Data archiving is used to secure the data (e.g. for good scientific practice). Data curators can determine and adjust the retention period and access rights (private/shared/public).
  2. For data archiving with data publication, the retention period is unlimited (for at least 25 years). Published data are always assigned a DOI by DataCite and are therefore internationally identifiable and citable. RADAR supports peer review as well as temporary embargoes for published data. Data curators are required to assign a license.

Besides its own user interface, RADAR also allows the use of a programming interface (API) so that users can integrate the service with their own internal services.

RADAR was developed within the framework of a DFG project together with the partners Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) in Hanover, Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) Munich, Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB) and the Steinbuch Centre for Computing (SCC) of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

RADAR is available at the following URL

For further information and enquiries regarding the contract and terms of usage, please do not hesitate to contact us at the following email address: info(at)remove-this.radar-service(dot)eu

National Hosting of Electronic Resources

Scientists can only work with digital publications and data in a reliable and sustainable way when content access and availability are guaranteed on a continuous basis, without any downtimes.


This project’s objective is to establish the conceptual groundwork for the implementation of a national hosting strategy with regard to licensing as well as technical, organizational, and financial issues.


Project website