Research Data Management

Data Lifecycle. Source: UK Data Archive

Data Lifecycle. Source: UK Data Archive:


The PHAIDRA 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 (q.v. Turning FAIR into Reality. Final Report. European Commission, 2018).


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).

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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)
  • Temp-Space (employees can upload files amounting to 1 GB available for at least seven days)
  • 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)
  • GitLab (Software Repository): 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
  • GitLab (repository for software)


Articles and Materials

Research Data Curation and Management Bibliography (2021)

The FAIR principles explained (Video, 2 Min.)

FAIR Principles in RDM in a video of the Arctic University of Norway (17 Minutes) - your metadata: findable, accessible, interoperable and re-usable.

EOSC-Pillar RDM Training and Support Catalogue

Current Practices in Research Data Management and Sharing (2020)

Wiki about research data and its Administration

DANS Data Game - playfully enter the world of research data

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.

FAQs to Research Data Management (by OpenAIRE)

FAQ of the European Open Science Cloud EOSC

Helbig, Kerstin, et al. (2019): Lösungen und Leitfäden für das institutionelle Forschungsdatenmanagement. o-bib, Bd. 6 Nr. 3 (2019).

Clare, Connie, et al. (2019): Engaging Researchers with Data Management: The Cookbook. OpenBook Publishers.

LIBREAS #36 (2019): Nachhaltigkeit von Forschungsinfrastrukturen