Research Data Management

Data Lifecycle. Source: UK Data Archive

Data Lifecycle. Source: UK Data Archive:


The PHAIDRA UNIDAM systems are designed to accompany research workflow from different professional backgrounds. The so called data management plan, which is already required by many promoters and which specifies how the data is used, generated or handled, can be stored in PHAIDRA for long-term storage. Our entire work process with research data follows the FAIR Data Principles.


What is research data?

Research data refers to (digital) data which, depending on the unique scientific context, is the subject of a research process therefore generated during a research process or as its result (see Kindling and Schirmbacher: "The Digital Research World" as a subject of research.  Information: Science and Practice, 2013 .). Research data is generated using a variety of methods depending on a research question. By source research, experiments, measurements, descriptions, or surveys. This results in a disciplinary and project-specific understanding of research data with divergent requirements for processing and administration. Since research data is necessary to be able to verify the resulting research results, their receipt is a recognized part of good scientific practice (see website Research Data).

How can we help you?

If you have any questions about your data management plan (contact DMP consulting), saving and/or archiving your research data, we would be happy to help you, please contact us:

When creating the project application

we support

  • the conception of the data management plan
  • technical questions (together with the ZID of the University of Vienna)
  • questions about formats
  • questions about metadata and metadata schemas
  • contacting a lawyer, if desired
In the current project phase

we accompany

  • the management of the data
  • the choice of a storage system during the project period
  • arrangements for the long-term availability of the data
  • the upload of the data (together with the ZID of the University of Vienna)
  • the choice of suitable licenses
After the project

we offer

  • permanent links for your data and publications (automatic handle, on request DOI)
  • possibilities of linking your data and publications
  • different access rights to your data and publications
  • visualization options for your data
  • global visibility on your research output, if desired



More options at the University of Vienna

At the University of Vienna, there are several services available: on one hand for the storage of data during your research process and on the other the long-term availability of the data after completing a research project.

Storing at the University of Vienna:

  • Share (comparable to a hard disk that authorized users have access to)
  • u: cloud (comparable to Dropbox, advantage: visible from the outside, downside: data is on the computer, 50 GB free space for UNIVIE employees)
  • u: cloud pro (for project teams and workgroups; two people in charge of UNIVIE who can grant usage rights to groups; 250 GB storage space, chargeable)
  • UNIDAM (repository mainly for image data in teaching and research contexts, data can be deleted)
  • GitHub (Software Repository, Trial): Please report your needs to PHAIDRA Support

Archiving and Publishing Research Output at the University of Vienna:

  • PHAIDRA (repository with long-term availability, data is permanently linked and can not be deleted)
  • UNIDAM (repository mainly for images in context of teaching and resarch. data can be deleted)
  • u: scholar (Institutional Repository, dissemination of peer-reviewed materials, long-term preservation in PHAIDRA)
  • u: cris (database for research documentation)
  • Core Facility AUSSDA - The Austrian Social Science Data Archive
  • GitHub (repository for software, test operation)


Further Resources

Recommended tools:

DMPTool University of California Curation Center of the California Digital Library
DMP Online Digital Curation Center (DCC)
Templates for data management plans in PHAIDRA
Wiki about research data and its Administration

Articles and Materials:

COAR Materials for Repository Management (Statements, Guidelines, Reports)

Science Europe (2018): Practical Guide to the International Alignment of Research Data Management.

Simms, Stephanie; Jones, Sarah; Rake, Daniel; Miksa, Tomasz (2017):Machine-actionable data management plans (maDMPs). Research Ideas and Outcomes 3: e13086.

DMP Common Standards WG. RDA - Research Data Alliance.