How to transfer data to and from a collection

There are two ways to transfer data to and from the Radboud Data Repository (RDR): via the web portal or via WebDAV.

Transferring data with the web portal

Up- and downloading data via the web portal is straightforward and can be done in the Files tab of the collection's landing page. Detailed instructions can be found here. This solution is easiest, since it does not require installing additional software. However, it might be slower than a WebDAV client. If you find that data transfer via the web portal is too slow or if you get a timeout error, consider using a WebDAV client instead.

Transferring data with WebDAV

WebDAV stands for 'Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning'. It is a set of extensions to the HTTP protocol that allows users to collaboratively edit and manage files on remote web servers. A number of WebDAV tools are available for transferring data to and from the repository, depending on your operating system. For Windows and MacOS users, we recommend using Cyberduck. Alternatively, Windows users can use YodaDrive. Linux users can mount a network drive. 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. The tool can be used on most operating systems.


Please note that collaborating on data from a YODA Drive folder or a mounted network drive involves certain risks. When multiple people work on the same data files at the same time, data entered may be lost. As such, it is important that only a single user works with the data of a collection at any point in time. We recommend making a single researcher responsible for working with data in the RDR, or to communicate well with your colleagues on who works with the data when.

If you encounter problems or errors when transferring data, you can contact the ICT helpdesk (email:, telephone: 0031 (0)24 3622222).