Many research projects involve collaboration with several researchers, and a large amount of research data is generated. To manage such quantities of data and to allow the researchers to share them with each other, 4TU.Centre for Research Data offers the possibility of establishing a ‘data lab’.
A data lab is a secure online environment (with or without screening) for storing, processing and sharing dynamic research data, software, visualisations and other items with fellow researchers.
Members of the three technical universities (Eindhoven, Twente and Delft) can draw upon DataverseNL through 4TU.ResearchData. The objective of this open source application is to make research data accessible to others. You can store data in the DataverseNL environment and grant multiple individuals controlled access to them.
Once you have requested the project environment or dataverse from 4TU.ResearchData, you are free to arrange this environment as you wish.
- Organization of data files in dataverses and datasets
- Addition of metadata and documentation
- Version management
- Management of access rights
- Easy collaboration with fellow researchers or project partners, even beyond your own university or research institute
- Centralized professional storage and backup
- To fulfil funding agency requirements for data management and sharing during your research.
See our quick guide for getting started or contact us when you need additional support.
Members of the three technical universities (Eindhoven, Twente and Delft) can store up to 100 GB of data free of charge. Storage of more than 100 GB of data costs € 150 per additional 50 GB per year.
Once a dataset has been completed and ‘frozen’, you may transfer the dataset to 4TU.ResearchData archive for long-term storage. In principle, the data will then be made public. It is possible that the data (or some portion thereof) cannot be released. For example, this would be the case if you have not yet published on the study in question.
To ensure accurate citation and to ensure that other researchers will be able to retrieve your dataset in the future, datasets must be equipped with one or more identifiers (preferably a persistent identifier). Every dataset in 4TU.Centre for Research Data archive is provided with a unique, persistent Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which can be linked to or cited in publications.
While you are writing your article, you may reserve a DOI for the data to which you wish to link and that you plan to store in an archive in 4TU.ResearchData. The DOI will be activated once your dataset has been published.
- Start the process of uploading your dataset
- Enter the minimal information of metadata which describe the dataset.
- In the third step 'Obtain a DOI', you will receive a DOI.
- Alternatively, in the third step, you may select the option ‘Email my reserved DOI’. An email will be sent to you, containing instructions for continuing with the upload at a later time.
DOIs can be assigned at various levels of granularity. For example, a DOI can be assigned to a data collection, as well as to each item within the data collection. When determining the granularity of a DOI, be sure to consider the level to which you wish to refer in your publications. You should also consider the expectations of other data users. Is the material likely to be cited at a more granular level within each data collection?