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EUDAT  enables European researchers and practitioners from any research discipline and any geographical location to preserve, find, access, and process research data in a trusted environment.
EUDAT is building a European collaborative data infrastructure (CDI), a distributed network of data-related services, provided by Europe’s most powerful scientific data centres, which enhance research collaborations based on electronic data. Furthermore, thanks to these integrated infrastructures, research communities will be able to collaborate with each other across Europe and even globally.

  • What is the EUDAT CDI (Collaborative Data Infrastructure)?

The EUDAT CDI consists of a distributed network of data-related services which are provided by scientific data centres (called CDI nodes) located all over Europe. The CDI distinguishes between services which are provided locally by generic or thematic nodes for their own user domain. Together with some centrally provided services that are needed to operate the CDI or to provide central public services for researchers and citizen scientists that are not with specific research communities or institutions.

  • Who can benefit from EUDAT?

Service providers, research communities, academic institutions, individual researchers and citizen scientists can collaborate with EUDAT by either USING or JOINING the CDI.

  • Using EUDAT

Who can use: Any researcher, research group or collaboration may use EUDAT services. This allows them to use services that are supplied by EUDAT and deployed at specific sites according to the terms and conditions of the service specified by EUDAT and the service provider.

Benefits of using: Open data will empower and engage citizens, and give them the information they need to make decisions in their lives; it will be a source of inspirations for entrepreneurs incentivizing innovation; it will make the work of researchers and scientists easier and faster, creating new careers and enhancing their status in society.

  • Joining EUDAT

Who can join: Both generic and thematic data centres may join the EUDAT CDI by signing the CDI collaboration agreement. Both can become a part of the CDI network and provide CDI services to a generic or thematic user community.  Generic nodes have mandates to support research from different disciplines, while thematic nodes support well-defined research community or group of customers and users.

Partners can join the CDI as interoperable nodes or as integrated nodes, each of which corresponds to different levels of integration and different levels of responsibility. Both options are open to any generic or thematic site hosting a data repository and providing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) services to facilitate scientific research. Both will discover associated metadata using EUDAT services.

Benefits of joining: access to a wide community of researchers who want to store data from research and experiment studies with long lifespan. Data centres will be recognised for having a role in discovering associated metadata and will be able to find new communities, leading to new business opportunities.