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ETH Data Archive

Not all scientific disciplines have dedicated subject-specific repositories that accept data for long-term storage, which is why ETH Library provides a supplementary service. You may check the current collection of archived research data of ETH Zurich by searching the Knowledge Portal.

Range of services

The ETH Data Archive is available to researchers from ETH Zurich and other interested parties within the university. Our range of services includes:

  • Safeguarding of data for limited periods (from ten years) or on a permanent basis
  • Access to your own data and control over access by third parties
  • Global publication of data with a citable DOI (digital object identifier (external link), example) or use solely within ETH Zurich, as required
  • Preservation of all file formats in their original condition
  • Planning and implementation of preservation measures to ensure future accessibility of file formats that are commonly used for archiving
  • Redundant storage of data in the infrastructure of ETH Zurich's IT Services (external link)

Preparatory support for data provision

Preparatory or accompanying measures are often necessary to facilitate the transfer of data to the ETH Data Archive in an organised fashion. For this purpose, the Digital Curation Office provides the following services:

  • Advice on data management in accordance with the requirements of funding agencies (Data management plan (pdf, 44.41 kb), publication of data)
  • Organisation of the (advance) assignment of DOIs for publication-relevant data in collaboration with the ETH Zurich DOI Desk
  • Provision of editing tool docuteam packer for the local structuring of data and for adding metadata before submitting it to the ETH Data Archive. Intended purpose of docuteam packer (pdf, 248.14 kB)
  • Configuration of interfaces for the transfer of data from existing applications

Depending on the kind of research data, the requirements differ and demand individual workflows. Together with you, we try to find solutions for your actual needs. Irrespective of the kind of content, you must be entitled to dispose of the data you want to submit.

The basic prerequisite for the acceptance of data into the ETH Data Archive is the availability of metadata or other contextual information. For unpublished data without metadata or for short-term storage of data, we can put you in contact with ETH Zurich's IT Services as and when required. For archiving administrative records of the ETH Zurich we will gladly put you in touch with the ETH Zurich University Archives

ETH Library is also your contact point for questions concerning the ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) and coordinates their introduction at ETH Zurich

ETH Data Archive is ETH Zurich's long-term digital archive. It is available for research data, documents and other data from libraries, collections and archives.
ETH Data Archive is based on the application Rosetta developed by the company Ex Libris and is operated by ETH Library in the infrastructure ETH Zurich's IT Services (external link).

Yes, you can. ETH Data Archive does not meet every need and there might be reasons as to why it is not the best solution for your purposes.
Consequently, we will gladly help with the appraisal of other service-providers or support you in planning your research group's or organisational unit's data management. If required, we will put you in contact with our partners, e.g. the IT Services or ETH Zurich University Archives.

In principle, you can submit all file formats to the ETH Data Archive. Please arrange which formats you would like to submit beforehand, however, as not all formats are equally suitable for long-term storage. The format PDF/A is one of our recommended file formats (pdf, 1.03 MB).There are several methods to create PDF/A documents (pdf, 138 kB).
For many formats, especially manufacturer-specific formats that are not openly documented, we can only guarantee unaltered storage in the format provided (preservation of bitstream).
Further measures, such as the conversion into a more up-to-date file format, are normally only possible for a few openly documented standard formats.

Your first point of contact is the ETH Zurich University Archives, which we will gladly put you in touch with.
The University Archives also use the ETH Data Archive to archive digital documents.
As the workflows involved in processing these documents differ from those for other data, the responsibility is with the University Archives, which work closely with the Digital Curation Office.

You find open access data by searching the ETH Knowledge Portal. You may either narrow your search to the Resource Type "Research Data" or the Collection "ETH Data Archive".

It certainly couldn't hurt!
Mandatory requirements for the storage and publication of your data are not uncommon. You may have to describe your planned data organisation in a data management plan, 44.41 kB) that you submit with a project proposal.

Depending on the amount of data you expect, you should contact the IT Support Group (ISG) responsible for your group early on so that the necessary resources can be planned and suitable solutions can be found.
In order to ensure that data can be used in the longer term, it should already be documented as thoroughly as possible from the outset. It is also worth agreeing on certain rules for the organisation and naming of files within a research group.
We will gladly help you with these considerations.

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