Research data repository

Here you can find information about where and how you can archive and publish (share) research data, as well as some things to consider before archiving and how to prepare your data.

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Why archive and publish research data?

Research data can have be of use and applications outside the scope of the original project where they were collected. Publishing datasets could improve efficiency and reduce costs related to research, as well as open up for new types of collaborations and combinations of different types of data. Research data made openly available also contributes to reproducibility, validation and transparency in research.

At NTNU we have a policy for Open Science. The main principle is that research data at NTNU should be openly accessible, but with exceptions for security, privacy, legal or commercial reasons. In the National strategy on access to and sharing of research data from The Ministry of Education and Research, one of the main principles is that research data should be as open as possible, as closed as necessary.

Several research funders have expectations to projects they fund:

  • The Research Council of Norway has a policy for Open Access to Research Data which applies to all projects they fund, and follows the open-as-default principle.
  • Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for research and innovation, has as default that new projects should participate in the Open Research Data Pilot (but with a possible opt-out with a justification). Here the main principle of accessibility to research data is also "as open as possible, as closed as necessary".

Where can you archive and publish your data?

There is a great number of different data repositories to choose from to archive and publish research data. is a registry of research data repositories, and a useful tool for identifying suitable disciplinary or subject-specific repository.

NTNU also has an institutional repository for open research data, part of DataverseNO is operated by UiT The Arctic University, and NTNU Open Research Data adheres to the guidelines and policy of DataverseNO. Additionally BIRD is being tested, a service for storage, documentation and sharing of research data. Have a look at the wiki for info on how to get started.

Zenodo is a general repository for research data, maintained by CERN/EU.

In Norway, Sikt (previously NSD) offers an archive for research data. This is a trusted repository (Core Trust Seal), and data can be published openly or with access control. In some cases, projects funded by The Research Council of Norway will be required to archive data at Sikt.

Another Norwegian alternative, particularly for large data sets, is NIRD Research Data Archive, managed by Uninett Sigma2. This is especially relevant for projects and communities already using other services provided by Uninett Sigma2, as HPC and storage.

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If you have questions, comments or feedback, or need help to publish or archive research data, contact Research Data @NTNU through NTNU Hjelp. External users can send an email to (if you have an NTNU user account your request will be handled in the NTNU Hjelp portal).