4TU.Federation is the federation of the four Dutch universities of technology: Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), University of Twente (UT), Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR). It was founded in 2007 as 3TU and was renamed to 4TU in 2016, in response to the entry of WUR.
Read more at: https://www.4tu.nl/en/about_4tu/
As software and hardware evolve over time, research data may become lost or unreadable within a matter of years. 4TU.ResearchData helps to maintain your digital files and ensures that they remain findable, accessible and (re-)usable over time - including for your future self!
In 2016, the ‘FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship’ were published in Scientific Data. There, the authors describe principles on how to make data more Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR). The FAIR principles were created to maximize the reuse of scientific data, to promote best practices on Research Data Management and to enable Open Science. The FORCE11 website provides an excellent explanation of each of the FAIR principles mean for research data.
FAIR data practices, such as good documentation, data sharing, and striving to increase reproducibility, have many benefits, such as:
- A citation boost (Colavizza et al., 2020)
- Avoiding disaster through robust workflows (Markowetz, 2015)
- Increased efficiency through reuse of other people’s work
We recommend data to be "open” whenever possible*. However, you can also embargo the data (delay access for a specified time) or restrict who gets access to data. For more details, please see the Access Conditions tab on this webpage. *Data should be restricted if they are of sensitive nature (e.g. still contain personal information because the data could not be fully anonymised). For guidance, consult the GDPR policy and guidelines of your home institute on how to handle sensitive and personal data.
The storage where 4TU.ResearchData saves and stores all data is managed by the ICT department of Delft University of Technology. All data is stored in object storage at 2 locations in Delft and in 1 in Leiden.
If corruption takes place "in transit" between the application server and the storage, this is immediately recognized because the file is checked with a hash. If this does not match, the transfer will be done again.
When the file has arrived in our storage environment and is in the 3 locations, we have 3 separate copies. If for any reason 1 copy becomes corrupt, this is detected because the system regularly checks all hashes of the files with each other. In this case ICT will receive a message and the file will be repaired using the other copies.
All dataset owners and visitors can see the md5 check when they have uploaded or view a file from a dataset.
It is not possible to delete files from our storage instantly. Deleted files are stored on the storage for 1 year after a delete action, by the policy of our storage, before they are permanently deleted.
Linking your 4TU.ResearchData and GitHub account(s) allows you to make public the code associated with a research output, and make clear which version of the code you used. For detailed instructions on how to connect your GitHub and 4TU.ResearchData accounts, please see the following guide.
Contact details for 4TU.ResearchData representatives at each of our member universities as well as the Data Curation and Community Management team members are available on our website. You can also reach us via our email address: email@example.com. One of the team will respond as soon as possible.
Yes, 4TU.ResearchData collaborates with other partners within Research Data Netherlands and we jointly offer 'Essentials for Data Support' for any aspiring data professionals from the Netherlands and beyond, as well as a MOOC for 'Delivering Research Data Management Services'. For an overview of the available training see our Training & Events website.