RDM services & tools

Many Swiss Higher Education institutions offer dedicated support services for Research Data Management (RDM). These services are often located at institutions’ libraries and may or may not be linked to research data repositories.

Typical support activities include (but are not limited to):

  • Support with Data Management Planning
  • RDM training for researchers
  • Initial consultations on legal and ethical issues related to RDM

 Individual Research Data support units are not listed here but are easily accessible online.

Helpful RDM services & tools


  • DLCM (Data Life-Cycle Management) is a swissuniversities-funded project that offers a range of infrastructures, tools and services for Research Data Management.
  • Training and Consulting expertise (in collaboration with partners across Switzerland)
  • Advice and guidance around ELN and LIMS


OLOS.swiss is an integrated data management portal tailored to support all Swiss researchers and institutions with their data management, publishing and preservation needs.


FORS is the Swiss center of expertise in the social sciences, offering support around data collection and analysis, data management, and a research data repository.


openRDM.swiss offers support for openBis, an Open Source Electronic Lab Notebook and Research Data Management system.

Swiss DOI Desk

The Swiss DOI Desk at ETH Zurich registers DOIs for primary data (research data) and for secondary data such as working papers, articles or doctoral theses.

Swiss PID Service

The Swiss PID service is a service for creating Persistent Identifiers (PIDs), offered by the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS).

Cost Calculator

The Cost Calculator for Data Management, developed by the EPFL Library, helps researchers to calculate costs for their RDM.


The DaSCH (Swiss National Data & Service Center for the Humanities) is a national research infrastructure for the Humanities. Its goal is to provide tools and long-term access to qualitative research data in accordance with the FAIR principles and international standards for interoperability. Furthermore it supports researchers in generating and reusing qualitative research data.


The goal of DMLaw Tool (Data Management Law Tool) is to guide researchers through the most relevant legal issues in research data management.


FDM Dienstleistungen & Hilfsmittel

Viele schweizerische Bildungseinrichtungen bieten Zugang zu diversen Dienstleistungen rund um Forschungsdaten und Forschungsdatenmanagement. Häufig sind diese Dienstleistungen bei den Bibliotheken der Bildungseinrichtungen angesiedelt. Forschungsdatenrepositorien werden von den Institutionen selbst oder von Trägerorganisationen betrieben.

Zudem sind in den letzten Jahren institutionsübergreifende Dienstleistungen und Hilfsmittel im Rahmen von diversen Projekten entstanden.