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Document & Preserve

Last updated on 15 November 2021
Towards the completion of your research you will preserve for the long term data that substantiate your research findings and have long-term value.

Document & Preserve

  • How to document your research data

    When you are doing research, good data management practices and transparency are essential. This toolbox provides practical information and guidelines for both PhD students and researchers when working with research data.

    iRODS & YODA
    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is participating in a national program, initiated by SURF, which will pilot the iRODS/Yoda software as a potential RDM platform. This technology consists of two parts iRODS and Yoda. iRODS is an open source, community driven, software infrastructure that has been developed to facilitate the management, sharing and annotation of very large amounts of data. It is being used in a number of Dutch universities, Utrecht, Groningen and Maastricht as well as EU projects such as EUDAT. Internationally iRODS is supported by a diverse range of organisations including the Sanger Institute, UCL, NIEHS and SUSE.

    While iRODS has a number of clear advantages for IT departments and “power users” it is the second component, Yoda, which will be of interest to most researchers wanting to engage in good RDM practices. Yoda stands for “Your Data” and is open source software developed and used at Utrecht University. It is designed to give researchers the capability to efficiently manage project data though the data management cycle. Yoda is already being investigated as a potential RDM technology at SURF and the VU AIMMS institute.

  • How to preserve research data


    • ArchStor (limited access)
      Archstor is a research data archive with a 10-year retention period. Data stored in ArchStor can only be accessed for verification purposes.
    • DarkStor (limited access)
      DarkStor is an offline archive for storing sensitive information/data. Information is considered sensitive when it involves matters like privacy or copyright. DarkStor is only suitable for datasets that require additional security. Once archived, access to the data can only be requested by authorized individuals i.e. the original researcher or a research coordinator.
    • Dataverse
      DataverseNL is an online platform for the publication of citable research data in a semi-open environment. DataverseNL allows users to link publications to datasets directly, and to share the data through online archives such as the Dutch National Centre of Expertise and Repository for Research Data (DANS). DataverseNL uses the Dataverse software developed by Harvard University, which is used worldwide.

    An overview of the services provided by IT for Research can be found on AskIT, where you can instantly apply for the one you need.

  • Research data support

    Data stewards in the faculties and and the VU RDM support desk can help you with research data management issues, like writing your data management plan, advise you about storing, sharing and securing your research data and help you with publishing, archiving and registering research data.

    You can find contact details and practical assistance on the research data support contact & support page.

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Research Data Management

RDM Support Desk
Do you have questions about Research Data Management (RDM) or need advice? Ask us! The VU RDM Support Desk provides first-line practical assistance, help and advice with any RDM-related questions: 020 598 53 67 (9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday).

Do you have questions or remarks regarding research support and you would like to contact someone on a specific matter? Please contact us.

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