Reproducibility and traceability of research is important for the validation of critical research findings. Making research data publicly available enables their re-use and also brings a reward to scientists for doing so (Data Citation Index by Thomson Reuters).
Almost 50% of research groups at IST Austria receive ERC grants and are therefore requested to make their research data publicly available after the publication of the related article.
In order to fulfill the requests from funding bodies an institutional repository was built to provide researchers with a platform for the publication of data based on research done at IST Austria.

In the EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation - Horizon 2020 - the mandate for OA to research data is in its pilot phase. This applies primarily to the data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications.
Openly accessible research data can typically be accessed, mined, exploited, reproduced and disseminated free of charge for the user.
You can read more about the Open Research Data Pilot, the guidelines on Open Access, and on Data Management.

The project OA to Data@IST was started in 2012 by a survey within all current research groups, which investigated the actual state of research data. In accordance with the results, a concept for the institutional data repository was planned and the software solution used was tailored in cooperation with representatives of various research groups. The repository IST DataRep has gone live in August 2015 and is now in it's pilot phase.

Published project reports:
Implementing the institutional data repository IST DataRep
Technical requirements and features
Initiatives and projects related to RD
Actual state of research data @ IST Austria


Many publishers already support open access to research data and strongly encourage scientists to publish their data and make it more visible and reusable.

Furthermore, many journals now require that related data is deposited either on journal websites or within subject or institutional repositories to enable the verification of results.