About the NorStore Research Data Archive


Version 1.4

11 March 2016



What is the NorStore Research Data Archive?

The Archive is a service for the long-term storage of publicly funded academic research data. The service is supported and funded by the NorStore consortium (RCN, UiT, NTNU, UiB and UiO). It is the result of a recognition that an increasing number of research data sets, which are collected by one community, are of value to other communities. The aim is to provide access to published research data to as wide an audience as possible to enable cross-discipline research.


What does the NorStore Research Data Archive do?

The Archive aims to provide a repository of published research data. Approved academically funded researchers will be allowed to deposit published research data to the archive. The Archive is mandated to ensure the stored data remains accessible for up to 10 years after deposit. The information about the stored data will be publicly accessible and the data itself will be available upon request (subject to the access restrictions placed on the data).


Why should I store my data in the Archive?

Research data is expensive (in time and money) to produce and tends to be of lasting value. Many researchers do not have the facilities to keep their data for a long period of time. The Archive provides a service to deposit and share your research data to a wider audience.


What type of data can be stored in the Archive?

The Archive will operate on a “subject to approval” basis and will accept any type of research data from Norwegian academically funded projects that is no longer considered propriatory.


Who can store data in the Archive

Access to the Archive is subject to approval. Authorised academically funded researchers in Norway can submit their datasets to the archive. The datasets must be the result of Norwegian publicly funded (wholly or partly) project and must conform with the open access policy (e.g. Norwegian License for Open Data [1] or Creative Commons V4 [2]).


Who can access data in the Archive?

The metadata for all published datasets is freely accessible. Access to published, public datasets is available to anyone.


How can I store data in the Archive?

The Archive provides two means of uploading data. The first is through a web interface (https://sigma2.no) that allows researchers to deposit remote datasets. Datasets stored on the norstore project area can be deposited using a command line interface. In both cases the data set must be accompanied by metadata (a description of the data) which can be completed using the web interface. The uploaded data can be submitted for archival via the web interface.


How can I access data in the Archive?

The web inteface (https://sigma2.no) can be used to download datasets. Download to the norstore project area is available to users that are registered with a valid project.



[1] http://data.norge.no/nlod/en/1.0
[2] http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode