Research data overview

In many stages of the research process, the generation, use and management of data plays an important role. Further information can be found below.

Guidelines for research data management

The long-term approach to research data and their accessibility form the basis of successful research data management. Various institutions, research funders and publishers therefore provide guidelines for the way research data should be handled:


The SHERPA/JULIET database collects information on the requirements of international research funding institutions.

Finding research data

Research data are published in institutional or professional repositories. The Research Data Repository (re3data.org) provides an overview of the landscape of research data repositories.

Specialist repositories are intended for the community of a specific subject – regardless of the institutional connection. Specialist repositories are, for example:

  • Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften (GESIS): datorium für Sozial- und Wirtschaftswissenschaften
  • Deutsches Institut für Internationale Pädagogische Forschung (DIPF): Forschungsdaten Bildung für Pädagogik
  • Leibniz-Zentrum für Psychologische Information und Dokumentation (ZPID): PsychData für Psychologie

Publishing research data

MADATA is the research data repository of the University of Mannheim. It enables the researchers of the university to archive their data securely and to make it accessible as required.

The advantages:

  • Storage of all types of electronic data
  • Permanent backup on data center servers
  • Choice of accessibility: personal, university-wide or worldwide
  • Persistent addressability and quotability by assigning a Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
  • Visibility through verification in national and international research data directories such as re3data.org

Flexible data storage

As with most research, the publication of research data is the final step in the research process. Research data should not be published in a repository until the final version is available.

If you need a repository for "living" research data, you can use a service like bwSync&Share. There you can store data flexibly online and access it together with your colleagues.