Research Data Publication

As a researcher, you should archive and publish your research data in such a way that they fulfill the FAIR principles according to the DFG guidelines for good scientific practice and are findable, accessible, interoperable as well as reusable. The research data team of SLUB Dresden supports you in all related questions.

The publication of research data requires that you deal with topics such as data management, data organisation and data preparation at the beginning of the research process and create the conditions for subsequent use. Together with TU Dresden, we operate the Contact Point for Research Data and offer you various information and advisory services in this regard.

Data Management Plan

As a rule, research funding organisations expect you to submit a data management plan with your project proposal. In this plan, you describe how you intend to handle, archive and publish your data during the course of the project. In order to prepare such a plan, it is helpful to familiarise yourself early on with the respective guidelines of the funding body, the call for proposals and the subject area. Do you have questions about the conception of your project-specific data management or are you unsure about the formulation of an appropriate data management plan? Together with the Contact Point for Research Data, we will be happy to advise you on this!

Data organisation

To ensure that you and others are able to use your data in a meaningful way, data organisation plays an important role. Central aspects are in particular the quality of the file names, the folder structure and the documentation. Even if you share storage media - for example in a cross-location research project - well-documented guidelines that are adhered to by everyone are crucial to avoid data loss as well as duplication and thus considerable additional work. We help you to optimally design and implement your personal and project-internal file storage.

Data preparation

In order to prepare your data in a meaningful way, it is first necessary to make a suitable selection in order to subsequently cleanse and document it. Experience shows that this is a multi-layered process in which conceptual and technical aspects come into play. For example, you may be guided by research funder guidelines, but also by discipline-specific best practices and technical requirements of data repositories. We are happy to offer you support in this regard within the framework of an individual consultation.


Repositories give you the opportunity to archive and publish your research data in a sustainable way. These repositories can be subject-specific, institutional or interdisciplinary. In addition, there are web-based aggregators that enable the networking and combination of research data, for example on the basis of Linked Open Data. The selection of an optimal repository for your research data is crucial for the findability, accessibility, interoperability and re-usability of your data (FAIR principles). Our experts will help you decide on a suitable repository and import your data.

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