Research Data Archive - Depositor Agreement

This agreement is between Research Data Archive and the depositor covers deposit of digital datasets in the Research Data Archive. The licence describes the responsibilities of the depositor and of the Research Data Archive.

This agreement is non-exclusive which ensures the copyright remains with the Rights Holder and does not transfer to the archive. 




The following terms are used in this agreement:

Approved User – a person or organisation that has permission to access a dataset.

Authorised User – a person or organisation that is registered to use the Research Data Archive.

Bit-level Preservation the act of ensuring the stream of bits in the file are readable.

Data Manager – the person or organisation responsible for ensuring the dataset and metadata are understandable and error free. The data manager may not actually resolve issues, but may pass them onto more capable persons.

Dataset – the collection of data as defined by the depositor or discipline.

Depositor – the person or organisation that has permission to request the dataset to be archived.

Lifetime the period of time during which the published dataset is accessible in the Research Data Archive. The default period is 10 years unless circumstances require the period to be shortened.

Malware – any malicious software (such as viruses, spy-ware etc) that is designed to disrupt the Archive or gain access to unauthorised information.

Metadata – the information that describes the dataset.

Uninett/Sigma2 – the organisation owning Research Data Archive service.

Preparation Phase the phase during which the dataset is prepared for publication (user provides metadata and any other relevant documentation).

Published Dataset – a dataset that has been accepted by the Archive for a period of 10 years and is made available for approved users.

Rights Holder – the person or organisation that holds rights (copyright, other legal rights) on the dataset.

Stakeholders – persons or organisations that have a controlling interest in the data. This includes, the data manager, rights holder, depositor. In addition, there may be other groups such as those that took part in the production of the data.

User – the person or entity accessing the metadata or dataset.



For the lifetime of the dataset the depositor grants royalty-free licence for the dataset to the Research Data Archive without restriction to:

  1. Provide access to the dataset to registered and approved users[1].
  2. Provide public, unrestricted access to the dataset's metadata.
  3. Promote the availability of the dataset to interested users.
  4. To ensure the dataset remains readable during its lifetime.

           Dual-licensing (combining multiple licences which are compatible) may be offered.

           Uninett/Sigma2 recommends the use of standardised licences as far as this is practical and possible.

Depositor Responsibilities

  1. Ensure the dataset is complete and was created according to approved responsible research practices (see for example [1- 4]), abides by copyright and publication restrictions and does not contain illegal content[2].
  2. Ensure the data collection does not breach any privacy or data protection laws
  3. Ensure the right to archive the dataset has been received from all stakeholders.
  4. Ensure entities (persons or organisations) have agreed to act as Data Manager and Rights Holder for the dataset.
  5. Ensure metadata describing the dataset is in English, complete and correct to the best of knowledge and has been completed within the time-period allotted for describing datasets (3 months).
  6. Ensure the dataset is free from corruption and malware before depositing it to the Archive.
  7. Ensure the correct licence for access is assigned to the dataset.

Rights Holder Responsibilities

  1. Deal with questions covering the rights of the dataset.
  2. Inform the Research Data Archive in the case of a change in the rights over the dataset or of a change in owner of the rights.
  3. Inform the Research Data Archive of a wish to be replaced and nominate a replacement (with their approval).

Data Manager Responsibilities

  1. Deal with questions and actions covering the dataset and metadata.
  2. Inform the Research Data Archive in the case of any issues regarding the dataset or metadata that may impact their use.
  3. Inform the Research Data Archive of a wish to be replaced and nominate a replacement (with their approval).

Research Data Archive Responsibilities

  1. Ensure the bit-level preservation of the dataset.
  2. Ensure the published dataset metadata is publicly available.
  3. Ensure the dataset is accessed only by approved and authorised users.
  4. Ensure approved and authorised users are aware of the terms of use described in the access licence.
  5. To notify the depositor and/or data manager and/or rights holder of problems with the dataset.

Dataset End-of-life

The Research Data Archive will ensure all published datasets are accessible for 10 years from the date of publication in the archive. Six months before the dataset's end-of-life the Research Data Archive will inform the dataset's Data Manager and/or Rights Holder of the approaching end-of-life to understand what to do with the dataset.

Termination of Agreement

  1. The depositor or the Research Data Archive can terminate the agreement with immediate effect in the case of a breach of the agreement that cannot be resolved within 30 days; or an agreed period of time. At that point the dataset will be removed from the archive and a reason for removal will be added to the metadata. The dataset's metadata will remain accessible to the public.
  2. Failure to provide all the mandatory metadata describing the dataset during the preparation phase (3 months) may result in a termination of agreement resulting in the dataset being eligible for deletion from the archive.
  3. In the case of no breach the agreement may be terminated by either party within 6 months of receipt of the request for termination. At that point the dataset will be removed from the archive and a reason for removal will be added to the metadata for the dataset. The associated metadata will remain accessible to the public.








[1]The Research Data Archive reserves the right to modify the Terms and Conditions for datasets that place restrictions on users of the datasets.

[2]As defined by Norwegian Law.