Research often takes place in temporary projects. What is and remains accessible are usually the results, which are summarized in publications. Their traceability and reproducibility as well as the possibility to edit them in new research contexts require access to the underlying data.
What does RADAR offer?
RADAR offers researchers on publicly funded universities and non-academic research institutions in Germany a customized, cost-efficient and user-friendly service for the archival and publication of research data. With RADAR, project data can be managed easily via the web, indexed with meta data and published as desired. RADAR focuses on the "Long Tail", i.e. subjects in which discipline-specific research data management solutions do not yet exist. RADAR offers two interrelated services:
The archival of data serves to securely store data (e.g., within the scope of good scientific practice). Researchers can define and modify a storage period and access rights (private, shared, public).
The archival of data combined with the publication of data has an unlimited storage period (at least 25 years). Published datasets are always assigned a DOI via DataCite and can thus be internationally identified and cited.
RADAR users may not only use the interface available on the web but also a programming interface (API). This enables institutions using RADAR to integrate the service into their own offers and workflows.
Once they have concluded an agreement with FIZ Karlsruhe, institutions using RADAR can create separate work environments for their researchers where they can manage their data for archival or publication, index them with meta data and assign them a suitable license. If necessary, they can easily grant external reviewers access to the data prior to publication within the scope of a peer-review procedure. A delegated assignment of rights and roles as well as extensive statistics and configurable usage limits for cost control are also available.
The data are stored in three copies at different locations in the data processing centers of Steinbuch Centre for Computing (SCC) of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and at Zentrum für Informationsdienste und Hochleistungsrechnen (ZIH) of TU Dresden. This means that data storage is subject to the legal provisions of the Federal Republic of Germany.