Research Data Repository

The eResearch Alliance offers the data repository GRO.data for research data from and for Göttingen Campus researchers without charge. GRO.data can serve different purposes such as:

  • to simply preserve your datasets
  • to keep track of changes across several versions
  • to share your data with colleagues
  • to make your data itself publicly available
  • to receive a persistent identifier upon publication

Who can use it?

Every researcher from the Göttingen Campus can use their institutional account to log in, create a personal space (“Dataverse”) and upload files into “Datasets” therein. They can then grant access to these files to selected researchers or groups, or publish the Dataset and receive a DOI for their data to be used e.g. for citation purposes. If you have an ORCID identifier, your data can also automatically be added to your ORCID profile.

Technical Details

GRO.data is based on the open source tool Dataverse. It has been adapted by the Göttingen eResearch Alliance to integrate well with the local infrastructure and allow access via Single Sign-On, i.e. with your GWDG account. The service is hosted by the GWDG, which takes care of data security and safety, including backups and access control as well as availability and reliability of the service.

Usage and Support

GRO.data is a general purpose repository for the Göttingen Campus. If you know of domain-specific repositories for your discipline and want your data to be easily found by your research community, we recommend to directly upload your data there. You can however also export your data from GRO.data to other repositories such as DARIAH-Rep or zenodo. We are working on providing more interfaces to other data repositories. If you are uncertain about which repository to use, or if you have questions on GRO.data, contact the Göttingen eResearch Alliance – we will be glad to assist you.

The repository offers a variety of selectable, discipline-specific metadata sets for describing your data to make it findable, and a customizable access permission system to ensure that you retain full control over your research data.

GRO.data is available free-of-charge to all researchers of the Göttingen Campus. If your research data is extraordinary in size or complex in its structure, please contact the team of the Göttingen eResearch Alliance to discuss if your data calls for a customized solution.

The service can be used with any Göttingen Campus related email address (university, MPI or GWDG email addresses). If you don’t have such email address, you can create at account registration. If you have other questions, you can contact the service administrator via the contact form at https://data.goettingen-research-online.de or via email dataverse@gwdg.de.

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