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.

RDM infrastructures, services & tools


DaSCH (Swiss National Data & Service Center for the Humanities) provides a  a FAIR long-term repository and a generic virtual research environment for open research data in the humanities in Switzerland and provides trainings and advice for research data management. The DaSCH is the coordinating institution and representative of Switzerland in the European Research Infrastructure Consortium ‘Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities’ (DARIAH ERIC).

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

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.

Plan & fund

The DMP Canvas Generator aims at helping researchers in the life sciences generate Data Management Plans for SNSF funded projects.

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

Generate & organise

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

openBIS is an active research data management system that combines a data management and an inventory system with an electronic lab notebook. openBIS was developed by the Scientific IT Services at ETH.


SWITCH  provides IT infrastructure and services for Swiss education and research such as (cloud) storage and file sending solutions.


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

SWITCHlegal provides legal consulting with a focus on ICT law such as, licensing law, data protection law, telecommunication law, intellectual property rights, procurement law.


c4science is an infrastructure for scientific code co-creation, curation, sharing and testing. C4science is available to the entire Swiss universities community and accessible to external collaborators.


Centro Svizzero di Calcolo Scientifico is a Swiss National Supercomputing Centre, operated by ETH Zurich, located in Lugano, that offers also a PID service for scientific data.

The Swiss Data Science Center is a joint venture between EPFL and ETH Zurich to support academic and industrial projects in the use of data science and machine learning techniques.


There are several repositories operated in Switzerland. For more details check this list

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.

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

c4science is an infrastructure for scientific code co-creation, curation, sharing and testing. C4science is available to the entire Swiss universities community and accessible to external collaborators.

Materials Cloud enables the seamless sharing and dissemination of resources in computational materials science, offering educational, research, and archiving tools, simulation software and services, curated and raw data.


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.