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DeiC Dataverse

DeiC Dataverse is in the final testing phase before onboarding Front Office superusers at universities. You can expect DeiC Dataverse to be implemented at your university during 2024.


The establishment of DeiC Dataverse is progressing in both technical and legal tracks, running in parallel.

Technical Track

DeiC Dataverse is now technically operational and has a test environment where universities can experiment and train without the risk of erroneous publication. The final step before universities can start using the system is to finalize the agreement framework, ensuring researchers can safely publish their data. It is expected that everything will be ready for use by July 1, 2024.

Legal Track

Work is underway in parallel on two agreement frameworks for DeiC Dataverse: an extension of the temporary agreement for establishment and the final operational agreement complex, including operational agreements based on K04, data processing agreements, and service agreements.

  • The extension of the temporary agreement for the period January 1 to June 30, 2024, has been signed by DeiC and is awaiting signature from the consortium.
  • The operational agreement based on K04 is expected to be completed by the end of May 2024 and will be made between DeiC and KU as the supplier. Daily status meetings are held between DeiC and KU.
  • The data processor agreement will not undergo a consultation process, but universities can provide input to DeiC's oversight process for the service. Service agreements will be prepared after the completion of the operational and data processor agreements.

For more information, contact Data Management Consultant Rene Belsø via email:

What is it?

DeiC Dataverse is a national digital repository, a data catalog, supporting a national data management infrastructure where researchers from Danish institutions have the opportunity to register, publish and share research metadata. DeiC Dataverse is reserved for data that needs to be citable, for example, in research articles using a Persistent Identifier (PID) such as a DOI (Digital Object Identifier). Certain guidelines must be followed to put deposit data and metadata in DeiC Dataverse, as it is being established as a Trusted Digital Repository (TDR).

DeiC Dataverse is owned by DeiC and provided free of charge to all Danish research institutions but is established and operated through a collaboration between the University of Copenhagen and the Copenhagen University Library. The service is based on the existing open-source IT system Dataverse, developed by Harvard University, which has widespread use in various research institutes and a broad international community.


By registering metadata about your research data in DeiC Dataverse, you contribute to making your research data FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable).

What can you do?

With DeiC Dataverse, researchers and institutions can manage, share, publish, and preserve their research data:

  • Storage and organization: You can create datasets, add metadata, and categorize your data for easy access.

  • Sharing: You can share your datasets with collaborators, colleagues, or the public through access permissions, where you can specify licensing terms.

  • Versioning: You can create new versions of your datasets as your research progresses while retaining access to previous versions.

  • Publication and citation: You can publish your datasets with a DOI (Digital Object Identifier), making them quotable and helping you receive recognition for your research.

  • Collaboration: Multiple researchers can work on the same dataset.

  • Discovery: DeiC Dataverse offers tools to search and discover datasets.

  • Metadata and documentation: You can add detailed metadata and documentation to your datasets, enabling you and others to understand the context and structure of your data.

  • Long-term preservation: DeiC Dataverse offers long-term preservation, ensuring your datasets remain accessible and usable in the long term.

    Steering Group

    The development project behind DeiC Dataverse is owned and led by a consortium at the University of Copenhagen. The consortium includes members from the University of Copenhagen and the Royal Library. The consortium's steering group consists of:

    • Kim Brinckmann (UCPH), Project Owner and Chairman
    • Kira Stine Hansen (KB), Royal Library Representative
    • Michael Svendsen (KB), Royal Library Representative
    • Rune Frank-Hansen (UCPH), KU-IT Representative
    • Gitte Julin Kudsk (DeiC), DeiC Representative

    Project Manager: Mikkel Ohm Søndergaard (KU)

  • Integration: DeiC Dataverse can be integrated with other research tools and services, such as statistical software, data analysis platforms, and institutional repositories.

  • Customization: Depending on your institution, DeiC Dataverse can be tailored to your specific requirements.

  • Data security: DeiC Dataverse includes security features to protect sensitive data, including authentication, authorization, and encryption.

  • Export and import: DeiC Dataverse allows for the export and import of datasets, making it easy to transfer data between different instances or platforms.

  • API access: DeiC Dataverse provides an API (Application Programming Interfaces) for machine access so you can integrate DeiC Dataverse with other systems.

  • Analysis: You can share datasets for data analysis purposes with external tools.

Technical Information

The Dataverse software is developed and continues to be developed by an international community led by the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University, and the code is freely available (open source) on GitHub:

When can I start using DeiC Dataverse?

Your university must undergo a local implementation process before it is possible to use the service. This process is managed and owned by the individual university and consists of the following main steps: 1) security approval of the service, 2) adding the service to the university's other system portfolio, and 3) establishing local governance.


For more information, contact Data Management Consultant Rene Belsø.

16 May 2024