The OpARA4Saxony project aims to further develop the existing archiving system for research data at Leipzig University. The further development of the system in terms of content and subject matter is being carried out in cooperation with the technical operator of the platform, the Centre for Information Services and High Performance Computing (ZIH) at the TU Dresden (TUD). The aim is also to expand the offer as a Saxony-wide service for all universities.

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Duration: 01.07.2022 – 30.09.2023

Funding: SMWK State Ministry for Science and the Arts

Participating institutions of Leipzig University:
Research and Development Department (University Computing Centre (URZ))


Project description

Project approach

Since 2018, the Centre for Information Services and High Performance Computing (ZIH) at TU Dresden and the URZ at TUBA Freiberg have been operating the OpARA (Open Access Repository and Archive) research data repository for researchers at both universities, which was developed in a research project of the Free State of Saxony. It offers researchers the opportunity to archive their digital research data in accordance with the guidelines of good scientific practice and optionally make it available to third parties under an Open Access licence. In recent years, the requirements for research data archives have expanded, and many Saxon research institutions have expressed the wish to be able to use OpARA for their researchers as well. The project approach is therefore to drive forward the further development of the content and to make the service available to all Saxon universities.

Project goal

In this project, in cooperation with the ZIH of the TU Dresden, further Saxon research institutions are to be connected to OpARA, specific user requirements are to be analysed and, based on this, OpARA is to be further developed in order to comprehensively support data-driven research processes and FAIR data in the future. An integral part of the further development is the planned connection of local research information systems to the central repository and the associated integration of decentralised research reporting. In addition, innovations are planned for the automatic DOI allocation as well as for citation recommendations and the transfer of large amounts of data from local storage systems. A training and operating model tailored to the requirements of researchers will be developed and implemented in parallel in the project. The overall goal of the project is to identify the growing requirements of researchers for a research data repository and to implement them in a sustainable, user-friendly manner within the framework of OpARA's further development.


Three work packages will be implemented to achieve the project goals:

In WP1, existing and new partners are connected to the infrastructure of the research data archive. This includes the technical connection to the local identity management systems (IDM systems) as well as local research information systems (FIS). In addition, the organisational structure of the clients will be entered, the solution for transferring large data sets will be adapted and other client-specific adaptations will be made.

In WP2, central further developments of the archiving system will be made, including automated DOI assignment when creating a data submission, generation of a citation recommendation, data licence linking, linking to linked resources, a preview of archived data sets (data sample), metadata publication without access to the actual data and metadata synchronisation with QUCOSA and the SLUB catalogue.

WP3 includes the creation of an associated training and information concept for the users. The developed content will be made available for subsequent use. The establishment of an OpARA Advisory Board, certification according to the principles of CoreTrustSeal or the nestor seal of DIN 31644 support the efforts to ensure the long-term nature of the service. A long-term operating and financing model is the result of the work package.


ZiH, Dresden University of Technology

To the project partner

University Computer Centre, Leipzig University

To the project partner

Project funding

This project is funded by the State Ministry for Science and the Arts SMWK via the guideline Research Project Funding (TG 70).

Persons involved

 Sebastian Frericks

Sebastian Frericks

Project manager

Dittrichtring 18–20
04109 Leipzig

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Fabrice Julian Panitz

DP Staff

Dittrichring 18-20
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97 - 33336

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