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A data repository for the research community with secure preservation and data publication.


RADAR  presentation at the E-Science Days, 04-05 March 2021 - online

"Locally operated, remotely maintained - implementing software for a data repository in cooperation" - this is the title of the joint tandem talk by the University of Konstanz (KIM) and FIZ Karlsruhe on the new RADAR Local variant at the E-Science Days 2021, ...

New RADAR variants: RADAR Hybrid and RADAR Local

You can now choose between three variants of the research data repository RADAR, so that you can find the best solution for your particular needs, technical resources, and desired level of integration. ...

RADAR4KIT: RADAR software in operation at KIT

RADAR4KIT, the research data repository of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), started operations in December 2020 ( ...

RADAR Software Release (Version 1.8)

Since 15.12.2020 the RADAR software is online in v1.8. Among other things, we have optimized one of our core functions, the research data upload, and made it expandable for future enhancements. …

RADAR Data included in B2FIND

Research data published on RADAR are included in the recently improved version of EUDAT's B2FIND service (Community: RADAR). ...


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Archive, share and publish research data.

RADAR supports you - securely!


The research data repository RADAR offers


  • scientists  a comprehensive and reliable archiving and publishing service for digital research data including a peer-review option.

  • publicly funded research institutions and universities in Germany the opportunity to offer a research data repository for their institution without great effort and thus to sustainably secure their own research output and make it visible.

  • the scientific community access to archived or published research data in accordance with the FAIR Principles, thus making an important contribution to the improved availability, sustainable preservation and independent publication capability of research data.


You would like to use RADAR for research data management at your institution or for your project?


You can choose between three variants of RADAR, so that you can find the best solution for your particular needs, technical resources, and desired level of integration. No matter which variant you choose – RADAR Cloud, RADAR Hybrid, or RADAR Local: usage as a research data repository is subject to a service agreement with FIZ Karlsruhe.




We will be happy to support you in finding the appropriate RADAR solution for your needs!


RADAR Services

Data Archival

RADAR offers format-independent preservation services to store data in compliance with specified long-term storage periods.

Data Publication

RADAR offers a combined service of research data publication and permanent preservation to make your research data citable, traceable and reusable.

Data Peer Review

RADAR gives you an easy way to share the research data associated with your publications with reviewers before being published.

RADAR Features

We understand that the reserach community are really busy. RADAR is here to help you archive and publish your research data with as little effort as possible.



Store your research data reliably in RADAR, either securely archived for private access or publicly accessible. Completely under German jurisdiction.




User Roles

As a researcher, leave the final quality control, archiving or publication to the curators at your institution, if necessary.



Reserve DOI

Reserve a DOI for your dataset immediately after uploading. This allows you to quote it in publications before the research data is published.





Control how and under what conditions your research data may be re-used. You can choose which license (e.g. Creative Commons 4.0) is suitable for your research data.


Bitstream Preservation

You can rely on RADAR: We preserve your research data in multiple copies bit for bit, for decades, according to the holding period selected – no matter which data format you use.



Peer Review Link

Release your data packages for review before publication and share them with external reviewers or the publisher via a secure link.   



OAI Provider

Increase the visibility of your research data: Via OAI-PMH interfaces, we ensure that the metadata of your research data published in RADAR is disseminated. Your research data can then be found and reused more easily.


Share Data

Share your archived research data with other RADAR users and define who has access to your preserved datasets.




Automate your workflows and integrate RADAR functionality into your own processes. Create your own user interface or use RADAR interface and API in parallel.



Document how you collected your research data to ensure that it can be found and understood in the future. The RADAR metadata scheme is discipline-agnostic and based on DataCite Metadata Scheme 4.0. 



Publish your research data via RADAR. Each published dataset gets allocated a Persistent Identifier (DOI) and is registered with DataCite. This makes it uniquely identifiable, findable and citable.



Specify an embargo period. This allows you to delay the publication of your research data and to comply with publishers' requirements. The metadata of your research data is immediately visible to the public.



Usage Metrics

Track how often your published research data is accessed and downloaded - so you can assess the impact of your research data.

New challenges for institutions and researchers

RADAR Benefits

Researchers, universities and non-university institutions are increasingly required to make research processes and their results transparent, reproducible and comprehensible.
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RADAR for institutions

RADAR supports reliable and secure research data management, even if own infrastructures or services are missing.

RADAR for researchers

To maximise the visibility of your research results, RADAR helps you curate, archive, share, and publish your research data.

FAIR Principles

RADAR promotes the implementation of the FAIR Principles for Research Data

Cooperation Partners

The RADAR software is developed and maintained by FIZ Karlsruhe - Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure. In all variants (RADAR Cloud, RADAR Hybrid, RADAR Local), FIZ Karlsruhe acts as a contractual partner for using institutions.


For RADAR Cloud, FIZ Karlsruhe operates an instance of the RADAR software at the Steinbuch Centre for Computing (SCC) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and provides both temporary storage for the organization of research data and permanent storage for archived and published research data. Three copies of the datasets are permanently stored at different locations in the SCC and at Zentrum für Informationsdienste und Hochleistungsrechnen (ZIH) of TU Dresden, Germany.



In RADAR Hybrid, the research data are not stored in the KIT or TUD data archives, but exclusively in storage systems provided by the using institution. In RADAR Local, the RADAR software is operated by FIZ Karlsruhe on behalf of the institution on exclusively the institution's own IT resources.



FIZ Karlsruhe is a member of the TIB DOI consortium. As a DataCite member, TIB Hannover is responsible for registering the DOIs automatically assigned via RADAR. Institutional DOI agreements with TIB Hannover or with DataCite can also be taken into account for DOI allocation/registration in RADAR.