A datalab can be used to store, edit and share research data with designated parties and persons during the research. A datalab temporarily stores files of which it is unclear if (and which part of them) will be entered into a long-term archive. It is a place for ‘dynamic’ data.
When the data is moved from a datalab to a data archive, e.g. 4TU.Centre for Research Data or DANS and they have been made publicly available, the data is considered to have been published.
Datalabs can be part of Virtual Research Environments (VRE’s) or collaboratories. They are web-based environments to support scientific collaboration.
A datalab offers the possibility to:
- store data;
- manage versions;
- describe data;
- share data (with access control).
The accordion below shows examples of datalabs.
Case Leiden University
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