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titleCan I contact the Data Curation Office even if I would not like to submit any data to the ETH Data Archive?

Yes, you can. ETH Data Archive does not meet every need and there might be reasons as to why it is not the best solution for your purposes.
 
Consequently, we will gladly help with the appraisal of other service-providers or support you in planning your research group's or organisational unit's data management. If required, we will put you in contact with our partners, e.g. the IT Services or ETH Zurich University Archives.


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titleAs a member of ETH Zurich, do I have to submit my research data to the ETH Data Archive?

No. Nevertheless, you are required to arrange the storage of certain research data in accordance with ETH Zurich's guidelines for good scientific practice.

Some funding agencies also have specifications for data storage. However, you usually decide yourself which data archive or service best meets your requirements. The index re3data (external link) reviews a wide range of data archives.

We will gladly help you – e.g. to assess data services in your specialist field.

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titleI will be retiring as a professor at ETH Zurich in two years. Should I contact the Research Data Management and Digital Curation Office directly about archiving my correspondence, teaching materials and business files?

Your first point of contact is the ETH Zurich University Archives, which we will gladly put you in touch with. The University Archives also use the ETH Data Archive to archive digital documents and historical Websites of ETH Zurich.

As the workflows involved in processing these documents differ from those for other data, the responsibility is with the University Archives, which work closely with the Digital Curation Office.

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titleCan I already obtain a DOI for my data before I submit it to the ETH Data Archive? I would like to add the DOI to the manuscript of a publication.
Yes, that is possible. We will organise this advance assignment of a DOI for you together with the ETH Zurich DOI Desk.


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titleHow can I prepare my folders and files for archiving?
Please consult the fact sheet Recommendations for uploading data (pdf, 132.50 kB).

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titleCan I also store data in the ETH Data Archive without metadata?

No, this is not possible as without metadata there is no way to preserve the usability of data and still be able to interpret it correctly in the future.

If you require a solution to store larger amounts of data without metadata, we would be glad to put you in touch with ETH Zurich's IT Services .


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titleCan I also submit research data to the ETH Data Archive that will probably only need to be stored for ten years?

Yes, that is possible. Already when you submit research data to the ETH Data Archive, you can stipulate for how long research data should be stored if it is not of lasting value. The shortest storage period is ten years.

Once this time limit has expired, the ETH Zurich University Archives can decide whether to accept permanent responsibility for certain data for historical reasons in consultation with the data Producers.

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titleHow can I find data in the ETH Data Archive?

You find open access data by searching the ETH Knowledge Search Portal. You may either narrow your search to the Resource Type "Research Data" or the Collection "ETH Data Archive".


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titleCan I make my data in the ETH Data Archive visible all over the world?

Yes. For instance, you can distribute a DOI (digital object identifier) – usually as a link in a publication – which provides permanent access to your data. Moreover, selected metadata on your data is distributed worldwide so that your data can also be found without a DOI link.

Providing accurate metadata makes it more likely that your data will be found by internet searches, thereby increasing the chances that your data are cited.

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