re3data – Indexing the Global Research Data Repository Landscape Since 2012

Heinz Pampel, Nina Leonie Weisweiler, Dorothea Strecker, Michael Witt, Paul Vierkant, Kirsten Elger, Roland Bertelmann, Matthew Buys, Lea Maria Ferguson, Maxi Kindling, Rachael Kotarski, Vivien Petras

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Abstract

For more than ten years, re3data, a global registry of research data repositories (RDRs), has been helping scientists, funding agencies, libraries, and data centers with finding, identifying, and referencing RDRs. As the world’s largest directory of RDRs, re3data currently describes over 3,000 RDRs on the basis of a comprehensive metadata schema. The service allows searching for RDRs of any type and from all disciplines, and users can filter results based on a wide range of characteristics. The re3data RDR descriptions are available as Open Data accessible through an API and are utilized by numerous Open Science services. re3data is engaged in various initiatives and projects concerning data management and is mentioned in the policies of many scientific institutions, funding organizations, and publishers.
This article reflects on the ten-year experience of running re3data and discusses ten key issues related to the management of an Open Science service that caters to RDRs worldwide.
Original languageEnglish
Article number571
JournalScientific Data
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Aug 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work has been supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG) under the projects re3data.org - Registry of Research Data Repositories. Community Building, Networking and Research Data Management Services (Grant ID: 209240528) and re3data – Offene und nutzerorientierte Referenz für Forschungsdatenrepositorien (re3data COREF) (Grant ID: 422587133). The article processing charge was funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) – 491192747 and the Open Access Publication Fund of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Funding Information:
This work has been supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG) under the projects re3data.org - Registry of Research Data Repositories. Community Building, Networking and Research Data Management Services (Grant ID: 209240528) and re3data – Offene und nutzerorientierte Referenz für Forschungsdatenrepositorien (re3data COREF) (Grant ID: 422587133). The article processing charge was funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) – 491192747 and the Open Access Publication Fund of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Funding Information:
Maintaining the sustainable operation of a service like re3data beyond an initial project phase is a challenge. For re3data, the consortium model has proven effective, as the service is supported by a wide range of scientific institutions. This model, which is embedded in the governance of re3data, allows the operation of the service to be sustained through self-funding while also enabling important developments to be undertaken within the scope of third-party projects. Thanks to funding received from the DFG (re3data COREF project) and the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program (FAIRsFAIR project), significant investments have been made in the IT infrastructure and overall advancement of the service in recent years.

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