Open Data

REPOSITORIES AND LONG TERM DATA PRESERVATION

 

Data repositories provide long-term online access to research data. 

The SNSF expects its funded researchers to put at least all data underlying a publication on an open repository as soon as the publication is available. Only repositories that are following the FAIR data principles are accepted (FAIR data must be Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable). The SNSF provides a table outlining the requirements for FAIR repositories.

 

UNIFR does not have its own institutional data repository. Researchers wishing to provide permanent access to their data have two possibilities:

  1. A big variety of appropriate disciplinary repositories are available, e.g. FORSbase for the Socials Sciences, DaSCH for the Humanities and others (see global registry of research data repositories re3data.org ).
  2. Alternatively, general repositories like figshare or ZENODO can be used. The SNSF provides some more examples for general data repositories that fulfil their requirements.

 

Please be aware that it is the responsibility of the researcher to make sure that the repository complies with the SNSF requirements (non-commercial, following the FAIR Data Principles).

 

The SNSF allows applicants to request funds for data preparation, upload and validation. Data download is not covered. The SNSF may allocate up to CHF 10,000 for these activities.

 

By putting your data on an open repository, you share it with the public. However, you can restrict the level of access and of usage by choosing different types of licences. Therefore, when selecting a repository, you need to consider the restrictions that you wish to put on your data. The choice of the repository might impose a specific licence e.g. Creative Commons. In case of doubt regarding licence issues or intellectual property please contact UNIFR Tech Transfer.