Kent Data Repository Is Go!

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The Kent Data Repository (KDR) is now available! Its role is to provide a robust infrastructure to support Research Data Management (RDM) at the University of Kent. In line with international standards, KDR provides a complete record, secure storage and peace of mind for all research data at Kent.


The Kent Data Repository (KDR) supports the data-archiving requirements of all Kent researchers.  It is an integral part of research data management planning at Kent. KDR uses the EPrints repository platform and Arkivum’s long-term secure storage facility. KDR gives you security and safety for your research data, as well as findability and exposure for scholarly impact.

Features include:

  • a template for recording dataset details designed to meet international standards such as those described by Datacite
  • secure storage for files of data of any type and size
  • permanent online locations for your data
  • Digitial Object Identifiers (DOIs) so that others can locate, identify and cite your data
  • access management at file-level to control who can see each of your data-sets, and when
  • processes and governance in line with funder and publisher expectations

How much of your data you choose to archive is up to you – as long as you follow your funder and publisher guidelines. KDR may describe only that data which is necessary to verify or reproduce your research findings, or it can hold complete sets of raw data. KDR can accept data files of any size.  However, if you wish to deposit any files larger than 1.5GB talk to the Research Support team before upload.

Research data comes in many formats and forms.  Your research datasets may include:

  • machine generated code,
  • recordings and transcriptions of interviews,
  • photographs detailing the stages of development of an artwork,
  • electronic and paper notebooks
  • sketches, prototypes, or models
  • anything else that contributed to the development of your research in its final or published form

KDR‘s secure storage is set up in-line with data protection legislation (GDPR) and ethical or commercial concerns. We can help you protect sensitive data while meeting funder requirements.


JISC advises that:

“To maintain research integrity, institutions and researchers must ensure relevant data is archived, accessible and citable so that results can be verified or data reused in future.”

Funders and publishers insist that research data is findable and accessible for reuse. They also need you to use a compliant data repository. SHERPA Juliet lists funders that have research data policies and tells you how to find them. KDR helps you meet the archival requirements of these policies.

KDR means that researchers at Kent have a secure and managed archive to preserve and disseminate their data. Once you have completed your project and you are ready to move on, you will be confident that your data will be kept safe and managed for you.  Other scholars wanting to find and use it will be able to according to your wishes without you needing to do extra work.

KDR also demonstrates best-practice at an institutional level. It enables us to participate as a trusted partner in the international scholarly network. It allows us to keep a record of research data created here and provides evidence of our vibrant and responsible research culture at Kent.


KDR is hosted on the Canterbury Campus, and Arkivum is a UK-based escrow service. Arkivum guarantees a 100% data integrity, robust backup procedures and ISO 27001 compliance.

KDR is accessible from anywhere with an internet connection, but large data files will need institutional support.  Datasets of any size should not be deposited or retrieved using mobile devices.


You can deposit datasets on KDR at the end of a project, or as soon as they are complete and immutable.  Built-in embargo periods ensure that data can only be accessed when it is safe to do so.


KDR accepts all deposits of data associated with the University of Kent.  Deposits can be made by any member of staff, usually a nominated member of the project team.  The Research Support Team check every record to ensure accuracy, completeness, and compliance.


KDR can be accessed from the library pages where you will also find links to guidance about managing research data.

Take a look at KDR and let us know what you think… Contact  if you have any questions or comments.

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