Archiving (deposit) of research data

What is research data?

Any form of registration/ notes/ reported numbers, texts, pictures and sounds that have been generated during research projects. 

Where to store (deposit) research data?

Research data upon which scientific publications or a concluded project is based must be archived in approved national or international archives. 

  • NMBU's students and researchers can archive their research data in the archive "NMBU Open Research Data" (DataverseNO). The University Library assists with training and advice.
  • Norwegian Centre for Research Data (NSD) has an approved research data archive.
  • There are also other national, international, and domain speceific archives that will secure international standards for archiving and making research data available. NMBU's researchers may select the appropriate archive solutions for the topic area in question, and from its judicial framework conditions.
  • The archives must fulfil the FAIR principles.
  • The web page gives an overview of approved international archives that fulfil the FAIR principles.

Storage of research data with sensitive information

Research data affected by the Health Research Act, Biotechnology Law, the Filing Sytems Act, the Personal Data Act, reputed as sensitive data and requires specific handling. The Law requires all such data to be managed and stored in a secure and secure manner. This may be achieved at the Norwegian Centre for Research Data (NSD).

Labelling Research Data

All data sets archived in national or international archives must be assigned a DOI (Digital Object Identifier). This is available from the archive in which you will store your data.

Citing Research Data

Read more about Joint declaration of data citation principles of how research data must be cited.


Licencing datasets is completed once uploaded into a data archive. Read about licencing here

Examples of national archives for research data

Archiving big data:

Archiving data sets containing sensitive personal information:

Archiving biological and medical data:

Examples of international archives for research data:

  • is a global registry of research data repositories that fulfil the FAIR principles
  • FAIRDOM helps you to be in control of collecting, managing, storing, and publishing your data, models, and operating procedures.
  • CESSDA - Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives provides large scale, integrated and sustainable data services to the social sciences.
  • DRYAD is a data sharing system.
  • Zenodo is a EU based data sharing system, widely used in humaniora.
Published 23. May 2018 - 10:11 - Updated 28. October 2020 - 14:29