Anyone from science, engineering and design can use 4TU.ResearchData to upload and publish their research data and software/code.
Please check the Data Collection Policy if you are unsure whether your dataset will be accepted for inclusion in our data repository. Before you can access the data upload service you need to log in. For browsing and downloading published datasets, no login is required.
You can log in directly using your institutional credentials if your institution is affiliated with SURFconext and connected to 4TU.ResearchData.
If your institution is not affiliated with SURFconext, you can still log in to 4TU.ResearchData via SURFconext with an eduID.
Read ‘About Log In’ for more details on logging in with eduID.
Once logged in you will see your account icon at the top right of the screen.
You can access and modify your profile page by clicking on your account icon and selecting “Profile”.
By adding information about yourself to your profile, colleagues who find your published research will have the opportunity to learn more about you and your work, thereby increasing the likelihood of their engagement with your research, sharing it, and creating opportunities for collaboration.
- Add your first and last name and job title
- Add a photo of yourself
- Add your research field of interest from the drop down list
- Add your geographic location
- Provide links to your social media pages (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn)
- Include biographical information
- Provide links to any publications you may have on the web
You are also encouraged to create an ORCID - a unique, digital identifier to distinguish yourself from other researchers with similar names. Add your ORCID iD to your 4TU.ResearchData profile to automatically sync your published items with your unique ID.
Please note that once you publish a dataset, your profile page will then become public.
Any data you have made public via 4TU.ResearchData will also appear on your public profile page along with a list of your research co-workers and collaborators.
The My data view is the main page you will see once you are logged in. You will see tabs at the top for viewing and creating new "items" and "collections", and a tab for any workflow related "activity" that is applicable to you.
My data: Items
"Items" or datasets are the digital objects that you upload to 4TU.ResearchData. Items may be any information, data, text, software, scripts, graphics, and interactive features generated, and may consist of one or multiple files.
The My data area is your private data management section where you can upload files, keep them private, share them with collaborators and publish data when you are ready.
You are also able to edit an item, for example by adding files to or removing files from the item, editing the metadata or making the item public. To do so, click the pencil icon on the far right (this will become visible when you hover over the item) that will then bring up the metadata form.
Please note: if the item is public, updating the file(s) will create a new version of the item. Read more in the section Modification and versioning.
"Collections" are groupings of published items. Items from different sources may be grouped in a collection, and the collection itself can be published and be assigned a DOI. Collections may also be private. Please find more details on how to create a Collection on this page in the tab ‘Collections’.
You will probably not need to use the "Activity" tab.
GitHub and GitLab are widely used version control repositories primarily for code. Linking your 4TU.ResearchData and GitHub or GitLab accounts allows you to publish the code associated with your research output. This will ensure you can share a particular release of your software, create a DOI for your software and that your software will be available in the future.
For detailed instructions on how to connect your GitHub or GitLab account, please see the following guide.
The sandbox allows users to try out the latest functionality of the data repository in a safe environment without the risk of making their dataset publicly available.
Only visitors to the sandbox can view and optionally download published (test) datasets.
Published datasets in the sandbox are not indexed and no live DOIs are registered, making them not globally discoverable.
You can access the sandbox via https://sandbox.data.4tu.nl after which logging in works the same as in the production environment.
For more information about logging in, see the 'Log in' tab in the ‘Getting started’ section.