Research data repositories

At the end of the research process, research data repositories are used for data publication and archiving.

Repositories are information infrastructures in which digital research data are stored in an organized manner together with structured metadata and other context information and made accessible as permanently as possible. Interested third parties can find and access the data — or, in the case of access restrictions, at least their metadata— through the interfaces of the repositories or web search engines. The data provided, may allow for research results to be reproduced and verified and for follow-up projects to be realized.

Following we have compiled some examples. The list is not exhaustive.

Institutional repositories


ACOUA (Academic Output Archive) is the institutional archive for long-term preservation of research data and code produced by EPFL.


BORIS Portal is the institutional research data repository of Bern University. It is part of the current research information system (CRIS) of this institution, which also contains information on research projects and researchers.

ETH Zurich Research Collection

ETH Zurich Research Collection is the Repository for Publications and Research Data of ETH Zurich. is a cantonal research data repository operated since June 2019 for all Geneva’s Higher Education Institutions (HEI).

Discipline-specific repositiories


DaSCH (Swiss National Data & Service Center for the Humanities) operates a  a FAIR long-term repository and a generic virtual research environment for open research data in the humanities in Switzerland.


EnviDat is the environmental data portal and repository developed by the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL. The portal provides unified and managed access to environmental monitoring and research data.


Eric-Open is the FAIR and open research data repository of Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology.

Interdisciplinary repositories is a national long-term repository for research data that was launched in 2020. OLOS was developed in the context of the DLCM project.


SWISSUbase is a national cross-disciplinary research data repository for Swiss universities and other research organisations in need of local institutional data repositories. Researchers can register their research projects, as well as store and share their data.

Additional research data repositories which operate in Switzerland (in some cases with international partners) can be found at re3data.

Furthermore for open governmantal data, Switzerland offers which makes, open governmental data available to the general public in a central catalogue. It is a joint project of the Confederation, cantons, communes and other organizations with a mandate from the state.


Am Ende des Forschungsprozesses sollen Forschungsdaten (oder im Falle von Zugriffsbeschränkungen mindestens ihre Metadaten) öffentlich publiziert und archiviert werden. In der Schweiz existieren diverse institutionelle, wie euch fachspezifische Repositorien, die diesem Zweck dienen.