The University of Regensburg Publication Server is not only a repository for traditional textual publications like articles, monographs, dissertations, or conference contributions, but you can also publish your research data here and, if applicable, link it to publications resulting from the data.
The German Research Foundation, DFG, means by research data
[…] digital and electronically storable data generated in the course of a scientific project, e.g. by means of studies of sources, experiments, measurements, surveys, or interviews.
More and more, research funding agencies demand that research data should be archived and accessible for reuse for at least ten years. You can archive and publish your research data on the University of Regensburg Publication Server in a citable manner, either open access or with restricted access.
Research policy increasingly focuses on research data (see Principles for the Handling of Research Data of the Alliance of German Science Organisations). That's why publication of research data will be required by an increasing number of funders and therefore will become more and more like a "normal" publication, showing the scientific output and augmenting the scientific reputation. When published in a citable manner, research data can make your research even more visible. Thus, publishing research data is beneficial not only for the whole scientific community, but it is also in the researcher's own interest.
For long term preservation, you should choose file formats which are, presumably, still readable in ten years, i.e., no formats that require a specific version of a specific (proprietary) software. For example, you could archive interview transcripts in text or PDF format instead of MS Word files, or measurement data in text or CSV format instead of Origin files.
If desired, you can archive your research data on the publication server with restricted access. For this purpose, select "Visible to: Repository staff only" from the options for each file in the "Upload" section. In this case, only the metadata on the landing page is visible to anyone on the Internet, but the files cannot be downloaded directly. Instead, there is a request button next to the file on the landing page. By pressing this button, an E-mail with the copy request is generated and sent to the contact E-mail address of the entry.
To ensure citability of the research data entry, we can mint DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers). In the future, research data entries on the publication server should automatically get a DOI. In the meantime, however, please contact us if you'd like to have a DOI for your research data (contact person see below).
DOIs for entries on the publication server always look like
10.5283/epub.12345, where the digits after the dot are the item ID of the respective entry.
You can reach the entry always with the URL
http://doi.org/10.5283/epub.12345, even if the URL of the publication server changes.
You can find more information on the Research Data page of the University library of Regensburg (in German).
Dr. Gernot Deinzer
Open Access Representative
Physics building, room PHY 9.2.07
Phone 0941 943-2759
Central library, room 4.53
Phone 0941 943-1645