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Which one is right for you?

For the publication or closed deposit of documents and research data via a browser, the Research Collection is your first choice. After publication in the Research Collection, the whole content will be archived automatically in the ETH Data Archive. 

In some cases, it can be interesting to store data directly in ETH Data Archive, especially if a data transfer over the browser is not feasible or if regular deposits of uniform data are expected.

In such cases, the services of ETH Data Archive (operated by Research Data Management and Digital Curation, ETH Library) and Long-Term Storage LTS (operated by ITS System Services, ETH IT Services) complement each other in a meaningful way. The following table gives you a preliminary assessment of the suitability of both services for your purposes.

The Research Data Management and Digital Curation Office and the ITS Section System Services are happy to assist you with your questions.

Requirement

ETH Data Archive appropriate?

LTS appropriate?

I would like to store my data in the infrastructure of the ETH Zurich.

Yes

Yes

My data should be stored for less than ten years.

No

Yes

Part of my data should be stored for at least ten years and then deleted.

Yes

Yes

Part of my data cannot be produced again and therefore should be stored permanently. An organizational unit of the ETH Zurich takes responsibility.

Yes

(Yes) (storage only)

I would like my records to be found in the archive with a keyword search.

Yes

No

I would like to register a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) for my data set, such that I can quote the DOI in a publication. 

Yes (optional)

No

I cited some of my data in my publications. The data should therefore remain permanently accessible online such as the publication itself.

Yes

No

I decided that there will be no access to my data for third parties.

Yes (optional)

Yes

My data should be accessible online for third parties.

Yes (optional)

No

I would like to allow online access to my data for third parties selectively or under Open Access (possibly after some period of restricted access [embargo period]). 

Yes (optional)

No

My data sets consist of a structured collection of files.

*The tool docuteam packer will be provided as viewer and editor for structuring smaller volumes of data, if needed.

Yes*

 

Yes

 

In addition to my data, we already have existing metadata that could be exportedYesNo

I am not willing to spend time for describing the content of my data sets.

No 

Yes

I am willing to describe my records with meaningful metadata, such as names of data producers, titles, and further information, to ensure that it can be retrieved in the data base.

*Depending on the data sets, the metadata can be exported from an existing source or the docuteam packer is provided as viewer and editor for structuring smaller volumes of data.

Yes*

No 

The description of my data set (metadata) can be retrieved via the Knowledge Portal of the ETH Library

Yes (optional)

No

I am willing to convert data intended for longterm storage from proprietary formats to open and well documented formats and keep both versions.

Yes (optional)

[No support, but storage]

I would like that files in outdated file formats are converted (if possible) to more widely used formats. 

Yes (depending on the upload format)

No

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