R0.6. Other Relevant Information

From the CTS application:
The repository may wish to add extra contextual information that is not covered in the Requirements but that may be helpful to the reviewers in making their assessment. For example, you might describe:

  • The usage and impact of the repository data holdings (citations, use by other projects, etc.).
  • A national, regional, or global role that the repository serves.
  • Any global cluster or network organization that the repository belongs to.

The Dataverse software records the number of times that files within datasets are downloaded or explored in other tools, and collection support staff can obtain these metrics to demonstrate the impact of their holdings.

In addition, version 4.18 and later versions of the Dataverse software include support for the Make Data Count project’s Code of Practice for Research Data standard for recording and reporting several metrics that measure the use of published datasets. Certification applicants with those versions of the Dataverse software installed may be able to include these metrics to demonstrate the impact of their holdings.

Collection support staff of Dataverse repositories can participate, at no cost, in an active and global network of communities (see Dataverse.org for a map of known Dataverse installations) who use the Dataverse software and contribute developer and data management practice expertise. Members of the community can also become paying members of the Global Dataverse Community Consortium, which aims to provide a collaborative venue for institutions to leverage economies of scale in support of Dataverse repositories around the world.

Answers from successful applicants

Tilburg University Dataverse collection:

Brief history of Tilburg University Dataverse:
Tilburg University Dataverse originates in the Open Data and Publications (ODaP) project in 2011 carried out by Library and IT Services of Tilburg University. The ODaP project linked Harvard Dataverse Network to data within the institutional publications repository. Researchers were able to link their datasets to their publications, allowing an integrated front-end to deliver an enhanced publication, available for re-use.

Based on the need to store research data under Dutch legislation, a cooperation agreement was concluded with Utrecht University in August 2012, to use the Dutch Dataverse Network (DDN). Other universities and research institutes joined DDN over the years, until in 2014 the management of the network was transferred to DANS. DANS performs back office tasks, including server and software maintenance and administrative support. The participating institutions are responsible for managing the deposited data. The name of the network changed to DataverseNL to reflect the national scope as well as the URL of the website.

Tilburg University promotes sustained access to digital research information and encourages researchers to durably archive and reuse their data. To this end, the strategic choice was made to set up the deposit procedures compliant to CoreTrustSeal to safeguard data, ensure high quality and to guide reliable management of data for the future.

With a certified institutional repository, with low-threshold support services from the Research Data Office for on campus training, consultancy, and practical support when depositing data, Tilburg University wants to create the best possible conditions to encourage researchers to archive and reuse data in a sustainable manner. Datasets of researchers are linked to their publication in TiU Research Portal (Pure) and co-located with datasets of researchers of the same university department.

As part of its mission, Tilburg University actively supports the Open Science principles, while being aware of the fact that not all data can be freely available and without limitations (‘open if possible, protected if necessary’).


During curation, QDR adds extensive metadata to data and files, converts file formats, and advises depositors with regard to respecting relevant ethical and legal limitations on data sharing (de-identification, copyright).

Links: QDR Curation policy: https://qdr.syr.edu/policies/curation


The technical infrastructure of the DataverseNO repository is based on the Dataverse application [1]. The Dataverse application has its origin and base at Harvard University, and is currently used in about 50 installations worldwide. DataverseNO [2] as a national repository for research data is inspired by DataverseNL [3] in the Netherlands. Despite the parallel in naming however, DataverseNO is – unlike DataverseNL – not a network of individual repositories, but one repository with common policies and guidelines for operation and data stewardship.

DataverseNO makes use of the DOI service from DataCite to assign a persistent identifier to each dataset and to each file contained in a dataset. By this, DataverseNO contributes to the DataCite infrastructure with its metadata, and achieves increased visibility of its published datasets through the DataCite search and disseminating service [4]. The metadata in DataverseNO are open for harvesting from discovery services like Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE) [5] and the Ex Libris Primo Central Index [6], and they are part of the global open access network enabled by the harvesting protocol OAI-PMH [7].

[1] About Dataverse: https://dataverse.org/
[2] About DataverseNO: https://site.uit.no/dataverseno/about/
[3] DataverseNL: https://dataverse.nl/
[4] DataCite search and disseminating service: https://www.datacite.org/search.html
[5] Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE): https://www.base-search.net/
[6] Ex Libris Primo Central Index: http://www.exlibrisgroup.com/products/primo-library-discovery/content-in...
[7] OAI-PMH: https://www.openarchives.org/pmh/