After the completion of your research, you are obliged to keep the raw research data for at least ten years and to make them available to other researchers upon request. You can do this yourself or you can elect to deposit your data in a data archive or repository.

Preservation period

The Netherlands Code of Conduct for Scientific Practice requires that the raw research data are stored for a period of at least ten years.

Choosing a repository

UvA/AUAS figshare

UvA/AUAS figshare is the institutional data repository of the UvA and AUAS. In UvA/AUAS figshare you can safely archive and publish your data. Your file is assigned a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), a unique permanent link you can use in articles and presentations.

If necessary you can publish your data via UvA/AUAS figshare under an embargo. If you want to share a description of your data, but not the actual files (e.g. because they contain sensitive personal information), you can mark your data as confidential

As in other data repositories, in UvA/AUAS figshare you describe your data using metadata. Metadata allow your data to be quickly and easily retrieved.

You can find more information about how you can store and publish your data using UvA/AUAS figshare in the manuals.

External data repository

Your research funder or the journal in which you publish might ask you to place your data in a discipline specific or a national data repository. Apart from the costs the repository may charge you for preserving your research data, there are four other points to consider when choosing an external repository: 

  • the quality of the repository
  • the options offered by the repository: persistent identifier, restrictions of access, licences
  • requirements of the repository: file formats, metadata
  • findability of the data

In a data repository register you can find a repository that is relevant to your discipline.  


General repositories are not limited to data from a specific discipline or a specific research institute. In the Netherlands we have two national repositories: DANS Easy (humanities and social sciences) and 4TU (life sciences). 

Published by  RDM support

27 September 2017