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The service bwDataArchive  enables long-term archiving / digital preservation of research data. It is available (in particular) to members of universities and public research institutions in Baden-Württemberg and provides KIT employees with 500 GB of free archive storage. The data is archived by the Steinbuch Centre for Computing (SCC) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). bwDataArchive guarantees reliable storage for a period of ten years or more, even for large amounts of data. The service complies the recommendations of the German Research Foundation (DFG) regarding the security and storage of research data. As an infrastructure, it also offers archive storage for other services such as RADAR and KITopen.



KIT employees can publish and archive research data related to publications free of charge via the repository KITopen. The repository is open for all disciplines and data types. The research data is stored speifically for reuse and reproducibility. The published research data receives a DOI and necessary metadata to guarantee traceability. The data will be stored directly at the KIT (via the regional service  bwDataArchive) for at least 10 years. Thus, the recommendations of the German Research Foundation (DFG) for the protection and storage of research data are guaranteed.
Information for publishing in KITopen is listed here.



re3data is a service especially for scientists, infrastructure facilities, and funding organizations. It is a catalog of research data repositories, based on a comprehensive documented evaluation system and a structural and content analysis, which takes into account the heterogeneity of the data held in the repositories.


RDMO - Research Data Management Organiser

RDMO supports the planning, implementation and organization of research data management. The tool is multilingual and creates a dynamic and adaptable plan, which can be used by single researchers or whole project teams to continuously organize their research data management. The stakeholders get an overview of the data management tasks and resulting data products, enabling more efficient planning of tasks during the project.

General Advice

The service team will be happy to advise you in all phases and on all aspects of research data management. Don't hesitate to contact us at contact∂rdm.kit.edu. We look forward to hearing from you.


Data Management Plans / Project Proposals

Data management plans are often required in project proposals. They describe systematically how you will handle your research data, i.e. storage, maintenance, and processing of your data.

The following aspects have to be considered:

  • Project description / context (cooperations, project affiliation, specifications of the awarding authority / funder)
  • Type of data (formats, tools, software, scope)
  • Documentation (metadata standards
  • Timeline (period of data storage, specifications of the funders)
  • Archiving (physical location, persistent identifier)
  • Licenses (reuse of the data)

More detailed information can be found at forschungsdaten.info.


Training and Teaching

Training modules for research data management are currently being developed in cooperation with partners from the nine leading Universities of Technology in Germany (TU9 Alliance) and within the framework of the EUCOR network.

Chemotion / ELN

Chemotion was developed at KIT as an Open Source Software that offers modern solutions for chemical researchers. It enables an effective research data management by offering an electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) as well as a chemistry web repository.

Chemotion Repository  
  • Publish your chemical structures, attach your characterization data, and make them citable via DOI
  • Automated registration with various scientific data providers
  • Long-term archival - from scientists for scientists



Electronic Lab Notebook
  • Save your reactions and samples                                                          
  • Make calculations                                         
  • Generate reports



MO|RE data

eResearch-Infrastructure for MOtor REsearch data (MO|RE data)
MO|RE data collects normalized data and publishes accompanying material for motor performance tests. At the core of the database will be data from the Deutschen Motorik-Tests 6-18 (German only), as well as selected standardized and widely applied motor performance tests. MO|RE data is planned to be accessible free of charge for researcher as well as practioners (trainers, teachers, physicians), and the interested public.




The Virtual Research Environment for Water and Terrestrial Environmental Research (V-FOR-WaTer) within the Water Research Network Baden-Württemberg is a generic virtual research environment for common and systematic management of data obtained from water and environmental research. This project also provides an access to the environmental monitorin data of LUBW and DWD through connecting the corresponding databases.
The main focus points of the project are data management and direct access to analysis tools in order to quickly process the research data and use them for prognostic modeling. Development of this virtual research environment is part of the sustainable data and software concepts of Water Research Network as well as the further development of Water and Environmental research in Baden-Württemberg. Furthermore, V-FOR-WaTer is a big step in realization of the “Landesobservatorium Oberrheingraben” (LOBS) vision, in which the universities of Baden-Württemberg and the LUBW scientifically cooperate and use the common data in order to understand better the particular long-term effects of global change.
This project deals with the storing of data and direct access to the analysis tools in order to process research data quickly and use them for prognostic modeling. It concentrates on finding solutions for generic data transformation problems for example hydro-meterologic data, processing of heterogenous data, preparing hydrological models and converting different formats of data to each other.
V-FOR-WaTer has started in July 2016 and lasts till end of May 2019. It is initially funded by the Ministery for Science, Research and Art of Baden-Württemberg
Currently two instititutions of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology are involved in V-FOR-WaTer::





The aim of the project KCDC (KASCADE Cosmic Ray Data Centre) is the installation and establishment of a public data centre for high-energy astroparticle physics based on the data of the KASCADE experiment. KASCADE was a very successful large detector array which recorded data during more than 20 years on site of the KIT-Campus North, Karlsruhe, Germany (formerly Forschungszentrum, Karlsruhe) at 49,1°N, 8,4°E; 110m a.s.l. KASCADE collected within its lifetime more than 1.7 billion events of which some 433.000.000 survived all quality cuts and are made available here for public usage.




The Registry of Research Data Repositories collects research data repositories of various scientific disciplines in a central, web-based research and verification system.
re3data persues a comprehensive recording of research data repositories based on a documented evaluation, as well as a structural and content analysis of the repositories, whilst also taking the heterogeneity of the data in account.

Liaison Office

Access to research data repositories and the use of their contents are often subject to conditions. These may range from open access with CC-Licenses to closed access models within the framework of license and patent law that can be fee-based.

Some repositories require a contact at the requesting institution in form of a liaison office. This office acts as an intermediary between repository operator and individual researchers or research groups.

KIT currently maintains a liaison office for the contact with the following organizations: