The University's Research Data Archive


The University of Bath's Research Data Archive is online at

This post gives you some facts and figures and describes the Archive after it's first year in use. This infographic summarises the information in this post (click the image to see a larger version!):

ResearchDataArchive infographic_v2 June_2016

Facts and figures


The Research Data Archive (

  • launched in March 2015
  • mints persistent identifiers (DOIs) for datasets via a license from the British Library/DataCite
  • is indexed by Thomson Reuters Data Citation Index (DCI) to track citation of Archive DOIs. DOIs from the Archive have already been resolved, by humans and machines, more than 1,300 times
  • is listed on, alongside 229 other UK archives and more than 1,500 archives worldwide
  • is searchable through DataCite’s Metadata Search Tool
  • supports the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH)


After 1 year, the Research Data Archive contains...

  • 69 records with datasets
  • 20 records linking to data hosted elsewhere
  • 6 records in hold awaiting publication of an associated paper
  • 25 records in draft

More figures...(with graphs!)

In it's first year, the Research Data Archive has steadily grown in size (number of datasets):


Many of the datasets came from research funded through the UK Research Councils, especially the EPSRC:


The Archive has been used by researchers from almost all of our departments:


About the Research Data Archive

The University's Research Data Archive integrates with internal and external systems.  You can link datasets to publications and other academic activities in Pure.  We add the DOI to the record so you can find your public data from Pure.

The Archive sends metadata to the international DataCite search when we create a DOI.  Other systems, such as the Data Citation Index, harvest from this source.  This provides extra value, such as citation tracking for your data.

Behind the scenes, we have an archival-quality digital storage service.  This preserves your data files exactly as you uploaded them and checks their integrity.  It also keeps many copies to make sure they are safe from disasters and equipment failure.

If you are a researcher at the University of Bath and would like more information on the Archive then email and we'll be happy to help! You can read more about how to use the Archive in a sister post to this post.

Small print:

Data in all pie charts is number of records (all types) as of June 2016. Line graph shows numbers of datasets with DOIs from March 2015-March 2016.

Records can be linked to multiple projects, researchers and funders so totals from graphs can exceed the total number of records.


Written by: Lizz Jennings



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