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The RADAR research data repository

The Research Data Service Center administers the RADAR service, providing access to faculty and graduate students of the University of Bonn to facilitate the professional publication and archiving of research data.
The RADAR service allows you to safely store your research data and publish it in citable and visible fashion.RADAR meets the FAIR principles for the reuse of research data, according to which stored datasets must be Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable – i.e. having clear terms of use.

What is RADAR, and why use it?

The ReseArch DAta Repository (RADAR) is a cross-disciplinary data archive for the publication and archiving of research data. This data typically derives from completed academic/scientific studies and projects. This ensures the traceability, reproducibility and transparency of research results while heightening the visibility of research data through independent publication. Additionally, the published data can be used to address new research questions.


What does it cost to use RADAR?

The Research Data Service Point partially subsidizes usage of the RADAR service. In most cases you can publish and/or archive up to 10 gigabytes of research data free of charge.1
For every additional gigabyte started we charge
•    € 7.56/GB for data publication (25 years of data archiving included)
•    €6.90/GB for data archiving for 15 years
•    €4.60/GB for data archiving for 10 years
If you are considering making use of RADAR, please contact us as soon as possible so we can plan for your usage requirements. A cost defrayment for archiving and publishing of research data may be applied for with many funding providers. We will also gladly advise you on any research data-related questions when filing applications and drafting data management plans.

1Our annual budget permits us to subsidize a large number of RADAR usages for your benefit. If the budget is exhausted, the charges per the cost schedule apply from the first gigabyte started. Please contact the Research Data Service Center. 

What happens to published and archived data?

When a research dataset is published on RADAR, it is assigned a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) and can be cited on the basis of tagged metadata. The dataset also gets a dedicated DataCite entry enabling it to be found worldwide. The research data can then be viewed by third parties, downloaded and reused in other contexts, depending on the granted terms of use.
With archived data, metadata and research data are not publicly viewable by default. Instead, you can select individuals to be granted access to the data on RADAR, and you can make the dataset publicly available at any time.

How is RADAR used?

The Research Data Service Point administers the University of Bonn’s dedicated RADAR environment for faculty and graduate students. The environment is used for uploading and structuring data, metadata tagging and granting of usage licenses, initially within a secure internal area. We set up your user access account, assist you with data curation as needed and analyze your dataset applying formal criteria. You can then either publish your dataset (following an embargo period, if defined) or archive it for a period of either 10 or 15 years.

Further information about the service is provided on the RADAR website along with resources for getting started, tools and usage instructions for data repositors. Please note that it is prohibited to upload research data that constitutes personal data to the RADAR repository. Such data must be anonymized prior to uploading (please contact us if you need support).

The chart below shows the workflow for publication and archiving of research data on RADAR.


Workflow for RADAR at the University of Bonn:




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