4TU.ResearchData manages a data archive for technical-scientific research data that stores the data in a permanent and sustainable manner, according to the guidelines of the international Data Seal of Approval. The Data Seal demonstrates that we take the necessary measures to ensure the long-term availability and quality of data we hold.
Making your data available in 4TU.ResearchData helps researchers meet the FAIR data principles to make research data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR). The data in our archive have persistent identifiers, be citable through a data citation, be as much as possible machine and human readable and have a license that guarantees openness and reusability.
All data is stored redundantly at 2 locations in Delft. The backup is stored in Leiden. All data is stored on Dutch territory in a safe and reliable way.
As software and hardware evolve over time, it can be very difficult to keep up. As a result, important files often become lost or unreadable within a matter of years. 4TU.ResearchData is able to maintain your digital files and ensures that they remain usable over time.
Research funders (e.g. the EC in Horizon2020, NWO, ZonMw) are increasingly adopting grant conditions with regard to the management and publication of research data. The reason behind this is that research data, produced in the context of a publicly funded research project, should be freely made available for reuse and verification.
By depositing at 4TU.ResearchData you make your data easily accessible to more people than ever before. The more people who can use your data, the more public good it can do and the more it can do to enrich your field of research.
The more other researchers cite your data, the more they will know and admire your work. As the trend toward online open access rises, the prestige associated with data citations is growing. In addition, making your data available can increase the credibility of your analyses.