Central storage facility for primary, published data

In an effort to promote research integrity, we are running a pilot project that offers the opportunity to safely store your primary, published data.


All primary, published data (these include data from doctoral or habilitation theses) must be stored for a period of ten years (section 7 of Charité's Code of Practice on Research Integrity). Storing data on optically readable storage media such as CDs and DVDs can make it difficult to keep data clearly organized. This method is also work-intensive as data need to be backed up or copied regularly (due to their limited lifetime*). When data are stored on external hard drives or network drives, it is difficult to ensure their integrity. This is why the Research Integrity Office initiated a pilot project that would ensure the safe storage of all primary research data. 

Enjoy the benefits of our centralized secure data storage and keep your primary data safe! 

We offer the opportunity of storing your primary data for a duration of ten years. The major benefit of using this service is the reliability of our secure storage facility and the fact that the Charité's IT Office will ensure the integrity of your research data during archiving. Access control adds another level of security, with access rights to your data limited to the authors of the relevant publication. Faculty Management can request access to archived primary data, but only after the authors have been notified and only when access forms part of an investigation of suspected research misconduct.  

A decision as to whether this service is to be offered as standard for all published data will be taken after the completion of the pilot project. Even after the end of the pilot project, we will continue to preserve the integrity and safety of any data stored and/or archived on the system.

How it works

  • All of the data used to draft your manuscript can be entered/uploaded onto the system.

  • Once you have been notified that your manuscript has been accepted for publication, your data will be archived. After archiving, you will still have access to your data and will be able to make copies. However, you will not be able to make any changes to the data.

Are you interested in storing primary data that you are using for a publication? If so, please click the following link (which can only be accessed via the Charité intranet or via VPN access: Storage of Primary Data

Storage primary data

Researchers must ensure data are securely stored/archived. The long-term storage of research data forms an integral part of research integrity requirements (and is stipulated in section 7 of the Charité's Code of Practice on Research Integrity). The reliability of optically readable media and their suitability as long-term storage devices remain to be elucidated. A CD-R, for instance is estimated to have a lifetime of approximately five years (National Media Laboratory 1996). If optical storage media are used, back-up copies must be made. To ensure safe storage for a duration of ten years, these must be copied/backed up at regular pre-defined intervals, e.g. every three years.

Useful contacts

Dr. Sonja Gieseking

CVK: Campus Virchow-Klinikum