Only the descriptive metadata will be published; the actual research data will remain permanently hidden from public view. However, these datasets can be shared individually with other RADAR users via a request or release option.
In individual cases, there may be reasons not to make research data permanently publicly accessible, e.g. in the context of patent applications or confidentiality clauses in cooperation agreements. With the publication option "unlimited embargo", we give data providers the opportunity to share research data that could otherwise only be archived with the public in the best possible way, following the FAIR principles ("Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, ReUsable").
To publish datasets with an infinite embargo, data providers select the option "Unlimited embargo (no access)" via the drop-down menu when publishing. The datasets automatically receive a DOI, which is registered with DataCite, and are thus permanently identifiable and citable. The descriptive metadata are published immediately, transmitted to DataCite and offered for harvesting via our OAI provider. The actual research data, on the other hand, remain inaccessible for the whole retention period of at least 25 years and the data package is permanently unavailable for download on the landing page.
However, people who are interested in the dataset have the possibility to contact the data steward if necessary. For this purpose, the option "Request access" is available on the landing page of each dataset with an unlimited embargo. A RADAR user ID is required and the access request is made with a form after authentication. The data steward will then receive an e-mail from RADAR and, after checking and consideration, can give his or her approval via the "Share data package" function.
Please note: Apart from data publications with unlimited embargo, RADAR data publications can also be delayed with embargo periods of 1 to 12 months, for example to meet requirements of scientific journals.