An Austria-wide network of persons entrusted with the operation of repositories is planned. Independent of size, content and technology, there should be a professional exchange on different topics and a search for possible strategies and solutions for open questions. At the same time, the network also serves as a discussion forum about future functions and tasks of a repository and the associated prerequisites. Lectures by experts and various events should help us to deepen our knowledge of repositories and thus contribute to the optimization of the systems.

Current focus topics:

  • Requirements of the sponsors
  • Accessibility for repositories
  • Awareness-raising for archiving
  • Exchange of experience on archiving research data
  • Formats for long-term archiving
  • Research Data Management – Data Management Plans
  • Legal questions
  • Long-term archiving – infrastructures
  • metadata
  • Migration of data
  • Open Science
  • Policies for repositories and for data
  • Visualization of repositories
  • statistical tools
  • Visualization of data
  • Certifications of repositories
  • Quoting contents in repositories


Sub-working groups on various topics are being planned