Quickstart Guide

Welcome to the Radboud Data Repository. On this page, we provide a quick, step-by-step guide for researchers using the RDR for the first time. The data repository allows researchers to store digital data in collections, which can be seen as digital archiving boxes. In this guide, we will show you how to request and work with this kind of collection. The RDM team also provides a lecture on how to start working with the RDR for Radboud University employees. For more information go to the Radboud University LibCal page and search for the course titled ‘Radboud Data Repository – Getting started’.

Note: Only researchers affiliated with the institutes listed under Step 2 are eligible to become a collection manager and thus to request a collection.

Step 1: Create your RDR profile

Log in to the Radboud Data Repository to create your user profile.

Note: If you have not logged in at least once, you cannot request a collection.

To log in, click the login button at the top right of your screen, then use your Surfconext account to continue and agree to the privacy policy. For more extensive help, see here.

You now arrive on a mostly empty page. This is normal: you do not have any collections yet. You have just created your RDR profile and are free to log out at this stage.

Step 2: Request a collection

Now you are ready to request a collection. How you can do this depends on your institute and is described below. If your research administrator can not be reached, please contact the Research Data Management Support team at rdmsupport@ubn.ru.nl.

Step 3: Edit your collection details and add colleagues

You will receive a confirmation email once your collection has been created. When you log in to the RDR again (see Step 1), your collection should be visible under My collections. We recommend that you add additional information (metadata) to your collection before working with it:

  1. Click on the title of your new collection

  2. Click on Edit metadata on the top left of your screen

  3. Add any applicable metadata, such as keywords, associated data and an abstract

  4. Optionally, add colleagues to your collection. You can only add colleagues to your collection if they have an RDR profile (see Step 1). Your colleagues can have different roles (manager, contributor or viewer) and different rights. More information can be found here.

  5. Click on save changes to save the changes

For more extensive help, see here.

Step 4: Add research data to your collection

In order to transfer your data to an RDR collection, you can upload the data via the web portal or use a WebDAV client. Uploading data via the web portal is easiest and we recommend this option if you are not familiar with WebDAV. For users with experience in command-line tools that want to perform batch processing on large datasets, we recommend using the command-line tool Repocli.

You are now ready to start working with your first RDR-collection!