R0.1. Repository Type

From the CTS application:
Select all relevant types from:

  • Domain or subject-based repository
  • Institutional repository
  • National repository system, including governmental
  • Publication repository
  • Library/Museum/Archives
  • Research project repository
  • Other (Please describe)

The Dataverse software has been used for many of these repository types, including the Dataverse repositories that have obtained CTS certification.

Answers from successful applicants

Tilburg University Dataverse collection:

Tilburg University Dataverse is a research data repository for scientists affiliated at Tilburg University, the Netherlands. This concerns researchers in the fields of the social sciences (including economics and law) and humanities.


QDR serves a global social science community and especially those researchers working with qualitative methods and data. Given the relative novelty of sharing qualitative social science data, especially in the US context, QDR’s staff actively engage in training researchers, providing in-person workshops (e.g., at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association and the annual Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research) as well as remote instruction via webinars.



National repository system; including governmental

DataverseNO [1] is a Norwegian national, generic repository for open research data. DataverseNO is not a separate corporate body, but is owned by, and part of, UiT The Arctic University of Norway. DataverseNO is operated by the IT Department and the University Library at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. See also re3data [2]. The repository is built on the open source application Dataverse, developed mainly at Harvard University [3]. DataverseNO is mentioned as one out of five national, generic research data services in the national policy for research data management in Norway [4]. DataverseNO accepts submissions from researchers primarily from Norwegian research institutions. These datasets are grouped into collections and sub-collections. Such collections are a way of grouping and visualizing datasets within the DataverseNO repository. DataverseNO is thus one single repository containing multiple collections, and not an aggregation of independent collections.

Norwegian research institutions can use the DataverseNO repository as partners. Each partner institution is assigned their own institutional collection within the DataverseNO repository. The division of responsibilities between UiT The Arctic University of Norway (owner of DataverseNO) and the DataverseNO partner institutions is regulated in partner agreements. Each partner institution is responsible for the stewardship of the data deposited into their institutional collection within DataverseNO according to the DataverseNO policies and guidelines. See also section on partner agreements below and R5.

A DataverseNO partner institution may also establish collections that target user group(s) not limited to the researchers at their institution. Such collections are here called special collections. The scope of special collections may be thematic, project-based, subject-based or other. TROLLing – The Tromsø Repository of Language and Linguistics [5] is a thematic, and currently the only special collection in DataverseNO. All collections within DataverseNO are at the full responsibility of the DataverseNO partner institution for whom the collection was established; in the case of TROLLing this is UiT The Arctic University of Norway. See section on partner agreements below.

Researchers who are associated with Norwegian research institutions that are not partners of DataverseNO or who are not in the user group of any special collection of DataverseNO can archive their data in the top-level collection of DataverseNO. These data are curated by Research Data Service staff at UiT The Arctic University of Norway.

The organization of DataverseNO is described in the section Organization of DataverseNO [6] of the About page on the DataverseNO info site, and is discussed in detail in section R5.

All policies, governance and steering documents, and guidelines for all aspects of the DataverseNO repository apply to the entire DataverseNO repository including all collections. This present CoreTrustSeal application covers the entire DataverseNO repository, including technology, people, procedures, and stewardship.

In order to ensure the full compliance of all DataverseNO policies and guidelines in all their aspects throughout the entire DataverseNO repository, DataverseNO signs two different agreements with DataverseNO partner institutions:

  • A partner agreement with DataverseNO for institutions that want to be assigned collection(s) within the DataverseNO repository. The agreement regulates roles and responsibilities between UiT The Arctic University of Norway (owner of DataverseNO) and the partner institution for the collection.
  • A data processor agreement between UiT The Arctic University of Norway (owner of DataverseNO, data processor) and the DataverseNO partner institution (data controller). The agreement regulates the processing of personal data carried out by the data processor on behalf of the data controller in connection with the use of DataverseNO. This agreement applies to both partner institutions as well as non-partner institutions with individual researchers who archive their data in the top-level collection of DataverseNO.

These documents are available upon request.

Whenever a detailed account is not necessary, the term DataverseNO is used in this application to cover both the owner institution and all/any responsible partner institution(s). In this context, ownership means that DataverseNO is part of UiT The Arctic University of Norway and not its own corporate body.

[1] https://site.uit.no/dataverseno/about/
[2] re3data.org: https://www.re3data.org/repository/r3d100012538 and https://www.re3data.org/repository/r3d100011623
[3] https://dataverse.org and https://github.com/IQSS/dataverse
[4] National policy for research data management in Norway (12/2017) – https://www.regjeringen.no/contentassets/3a0ceeaa1c9b4611a1b86fc5616abde... (p. 20, Norwegian only; English translation below)
[5] TROLLing – The Tromsø Repository of Language and Linguistics: https://info.trolling.uit.no
[6] Organization of DataverseNO: https://site.uit.no/dataverseno/about/#organization-of-dataverseno

English translation of National policy for research data management in Norway:
"There are five data archives/infrastructures that can be termed generic, i.e. they offer services across most areas of expertise. UNINETT Sigma2 AS has established the National e-Infrastructure for Research Data (NIRD), which offers services and capacity for all disciplines that require access to advanced large-scale resources for storing, processing and publishing research data or searches in digital databases and collections. The Norwegian Center for Research Data (NSD) is setting up the Norwegian Open Research Data Infrastructure (NORDi), a new solution for uploading, preserving and sharing research data, which will support open access to and reuse of data from social sciences and humanities research and research in medicine, health, climate and environment. Services for Sensitive Data (TSD) at the University of Oslo (UiO) provide a full set of services for analysis, processing and storage, in a secure environment. In addition to UiO, the TSD services are also used by several other national research institutes. UiT Open Research Data is a generic infrastructure service for researchers at UiT, which additionally offers the DataverseNO service to other Norwegian research institutions that want an institutional repository for research data. The service is also open to individual researchers from Norwegian institutions who need an open archive for archiving, publishing and citing their own research data, specifically to provide an offer that meets the requirements of journals that background data should be available. Partner institutions also get access to training, support for super users and guidance/manual for curation."