Research Data Archive

The Research Data Archive is a UNINETT Sigma2 service that allows users to publish their publicly funded academic research data.

Access to the Research Data Archive is by Feide-authentication and subject to approval. Authorised researchers in Norway can submit their datasets to the archive. The datasets must conform with the open access policy and published with a suitable licence. The Norwegian License for Open Data and Creative Commons V4 licenses are provided as common options, but other licenses can be considered per request.

Beskrivelse av tjenesten: 

The Research Data Archive is a repository of valuable research data. The Research Data Archive provides users a means of archiving, publishing and sharing their data openly.

Who can deposit? Approved academically funded researchers will be allowed to deposit published research data to the archive. To upload and publish data, users are required to authenticate themselves via Feide or alternatively, using openIdP such as Facebook or Twitter and Linkedin accounts. 

For how long? The Archive is mandated to ensure the dataset remains accessible for up to 10 years after the publishing date.

Access to data and metadata: The information about the stored data (metadata) will be publicly accessible and some of the metadata will be distributed and harvested by other services. The Archive has a mandate for Open Science and we strongly recommend to give public access to the archived datasets. However the Archive also supports restricted access in specific cases, subjected to yearly revision. Download of the open access datasets is anonymous. 

Persistent identifiers: We provide published datasets with persistent identifiers (PIDs) using the DataCite DOI service. 

Click for getting access to the Research Data Archive 

User documentation: User Guide for the Archive


The costs associated with the operation of and investments for the service are covered by grants from the Research Council of Norway and contributions from four universities, the Universitites of Tromsø, Bergen and Oslo and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. In 2017, there will be a cost associated with using this service for new projects with grants from the Norwegian Research Council which includes e-infrastructure funding.

Hvem kan benytte tjenesten: 

The Research Data Archive is available to staff and students at Norwegian universities and university colleges. Researchers in independent research institutes may also gain access to this service, provided that their work is funded by public grants and meets requirements for scientific publication.

Organisering av tjenesten: 

UNINETT Sigma2 coordinates the national e-infrastructure both nationally and internationally. The Research Data Archive is a part of the UNINETT Sigma2 service national infrastructure for handling and storage of scientific data.