Research data

Additional to the e-publishing offer for articles, books and journals, provides scholars with the opportunity to archive the respective research data permanently in These can be linked directly to online publications hosted on the Heidelberg publishing platforms. All research data – e.g. images, videos, audio files, tables, graphics etc. – receive a DOI (Digital Object Identifier). Thus, they can be cited, viewed and permanently linked to as distinct academic output.

Long-term archiving of research data is central to good academic practice: It is necessary for the fundamental accountability of research findings that are based on respective data. Furthermore, the archiving makes it possible for the data to be used in further research projects in the future.

Images, audio and video data as well as other multimedia objects are either saved in the UB operated platform heidICON or integrated into the UB’s sustainably hosted Heidelberg digitization system DWork. Further data publications are available in and are integrated dynamically from there into the online publication. In the future, not just the publications themselves but also the accompanying media examples will be sustainably archived in the OAIS-compatibly long-term archiving system heiARCHIVE which is currently being developed by the Heidelberg University Computing Centre and Heidelberg University Library in its joint research data competence centre (KDF). The code of the software used in the context of the publications can also be permanently published and archived on

If you want to archive already existing research data or are planning a new research project, do not hesitate to contact us.


Dr. Maria Effinger
Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg
Plöck 107-109
69117 Heidelberg
Tel.: +49  62 21 54 35 61

Alexandra Büttner, M.A.
Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg
Plöck 107-109, 69117 Heidelberg
Tel.: +49 62 21 54 3598

NFDI4Culture – Konsortium für Forschungsdaten materieller und immaterieller Kulturgüter

Tutorial: What are research data?

Online-Tutorial by the Humboldt-Universität Berlin about research data


Registry of Research Data Repositories – re3data