I currently work for the small institutions that doesn't have a digital repository, so we begun the process of digitilising current research data: sensitive data (raw data in a form of pdf surveys, audio interviews, administrative data etc), as well as the data we would like to open for the general public (research papers linked with their anonymised datasets). We would like to store it on a local server and describe all data with the metadata and link DOI with the datasets, so DSpace seemed as a good solution.

However, I am not familiar with the DSpace paradigm - is DSpace made exclusively for storing open access data? Main goal is to make repository for every finished project that would be stored on a local server and available only to the research staff, where only a part of a project repository (datasets, papers, some pictures) would be open to general public.

Is DSpace good solution for storing sensitive data in general? If not, what do you recommended in this case - uploading the data we want to share on Zenodo or Figshare and making custom solution for the sensitive data? Can you recommend an open source solution for storing sensitive data (Pdf surveys, papers that are not yet to be shared, books etc?) that can be described with metadata (Dublin Core)?


  • Dataverse (dataverse.org/software-features) may deliver similar functionality like DSpace. – TJK Dec 4 '18 at 15:04
  • You can run you own Zenodo repository, it's open source and based on the open source Software Invenio. It has a handling for acces rights, so that you can share the metadata but keep the actual data private or only accessable for a specific group of people. – FuzzyLeapfrog Dec 5 '18 at 6:04
  • Thank you @TJK - I'll look into Dataverse. At first glance, it seems great, it's packed with features and documentation about Open Access is really helpful! – hihowareyouihaveaquestion Dec 5 '18 at 11:03
  • Thanks @FuzzyLeapfrog! Zenodo seems interesting since it is linked with "OpenAIRE" infrastructure for grants and it offers flexible licencing. Thanks again to both of you, I'll probably choose Dataverse or Zenodo as a repository! – hihowareyouihaveaquestion Dec 5 '18 at 11:04

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