RDM software


Archive and repositories


Academic Output Archive for EPFL researchers’ datasets. With specialized infrastructure and dedicated support staff, it allows the long-term integrity of your datasets. Contact: [email protected]


Data repository compliant with the FAIR principles, to publish data or code (suggested by Github to make code citable). It provides DOI, licenses, keywords, acknowledgment of grants and EPFL affiliation.

Materials Cloud

Web platform and data repository, designed to assist Materials Scientists in the life-cycle of their computational projects. Openly developed on the materialscloud-org GitHub repository.


It is not a data repository, but a search engine for data repositories. You can browse by discipline and specific features (DOI, licenses, country, etc.). Check which data repository best targets your discipline or provides the most helpful features.

Data dissemination platforms table

Based on multiple feedback from EPFL researchers, the table shows various platform types to disseminate datasets, with links and info about country, non-profit, DOI, etc. Use it as a guide to choose a data repository, databank, archive, etc.


Back-up and cloud


Cloud solution for Swiss universities with 100 GB online storage per user (standard), institutional login, real-time collaboration on documents. Data are stored and processed in Switzerland. The multi-platform client uses end-to-end encryption, making it easy to comply with Federal Act on Data Protection and the official secrecy laws. (Note: transfer encryption is not file encryption. Users have to encrypt the data themselves as needed.)


Access EPFL’s Google Apps for Education (Storage, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Google Public Groups) with your EPFL email address. This service is not for private use, but intended for your work at EPFL. You should never store legally protected data on it, which would subject to incurring penalties. It is advised not to store any administrative document in the cloud.

Atempo Lina

Cross-platform software for backups, available to EPFL’s staff, and supported by the EPFL IT for central backup of end-users devices. It allows the automatic backup of EPFL users’ computers: the installed agent sends encrypted data to onsite servers. Users can restore data at any time. Contact your Faculty IT or [email protected]


Code development and version control


Platform for scientific code co-creation, curation, sharing and testing. Integrated with Git, it allows code version control, easy collaboration, and the use of EPFL storage solution for your projects. It is available to the entire Swiss universities community and accessible to external collaborators.


The GitLab Community Edition of the EPFL allows to use the GitLab functionalities of version control, etc., within the comfort of the EPFL access and storage, as the main open alternative to GitHub.


Commercial platform for code co-creation, curation, sharing and testing. It allows code version control and easy collaboration, but the storage is not on local servers and cannot be self-hosted. You should never store legally protected data on it, which would subject to incurring penalties. Via the GitHub API, GitHub itself suggests to use Zenodo to make your code citable and obtain a DOI.


Data management planning


Online platform enabling the direct creation, review and sharing of your Data Management Plan, with custom templates depending on the funders or institutions requirements. This online platform is hosted in the UK by the Digital Curation Centre (DCC), but you can create a free account to use it. For further information contact [email protected]


Online platform enabling the direct creation, review and sharing of your Data Management Plan, with custom templates depending on the funders or institutions requirements. This online platform is hosted in France by the Institut de l’Information Scientifique et Technique (INIST), but you can create a free account to use it. For further information contact [email protected]


It is an open, free, extensible service – available as standalone (OpenDMP) and as a OpenAIRE service (ARGOS) that simplifies the management, validation, monitoring and maintenance of Data Management Plans. It allows actors (researchers, managers, supervisors etc) to create actionable DMPs. DMPs in ARGOS are treated as research outputs that can be assigned DOIs, licenses and can be redistributed in a FAIR manner.

Cost Calculator

Evaluate the expenses for data storage that you might encounter during your research project, eg. Active Storage, ELN, Database, Data Repository, Collaborative Repository. Use the free, open-source, online tool.


Processing environments and workflows


A JupyterLab platform conceived to test and train with coding in Python, Bash, Octave, C, R, plus other useful features, all in the cloud.


A software platform that enables reproducible and collaborative data science, with reproducible analyses and automatic generation of Knowledge Graphs.

Thot – Data

Free and open source software program used to manage and analyze data. Thot uses top-down organization and bottom-up analysis, implemented in a tree structure. Its easy concept and clear visualization, make it ideal for establishing and reproducing data workflows.


Automated Interactive Infrastructure and Database, especially useful for Computational Science. It is developed publicly on the aiida-core GitHub repository.




Especially conceived around chemistry needs, the it is an Electronic Laboratory Notebook as well as a repository for spectroscopic data, with some helpful tools.


An EPFL spinoff offering a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), now owned by Genohm SA. Can be locally hosted on EPFL servers. It offers ELN-like functionalities (file organization by projects, experiments, notes, etc.) plus samples management, and advanced functions especially useful for life-science projects.

ELN Comparison Matrix

A matrix table, comparing and contrasting various Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) options, with the goal to aid researchers in the process of identifying appropriate solutions. Based on a survey of 26 vendors, this ELN comparison matrix serves as an educational tool and decision map.

Licenses and privacy


Virtual assistant and decision tree that allows researchers to get help in the most relevant legal issues in research data management. Developed by the collaboration of USI, eLab, CCdigitallaw and UNINE, it is open source. You can navigate copyright or data protection issues, and obtain information, guidance, or useful links.


You can search, browse, or even submit software licenses: everything is explained in plain english. It allows to get information on licenses for datasets and especially code, thus helping to decide if some previous work can be reused or reshared, or to choose a license for publishing code and data.

Graasp Insights

A free, open-source, cross-platform desktop client to anonymize your datasets. Easy to use, you can anonymize datasets via configurable, pre-made algorithms, or create and add your own custom scripts. Your datasets are stored and processed locally.

Open Pryv.io

A free, full production, easy-to-install open-source solution for the collection and management of sensitive personal and health data.


Domain specific


Computational tool dedicated to the study of dielectric particle response to AC electric fields. Freely downloadable from Zenodo.


An open source, object-oriented Finite Element library developed at EPFL (LSMS group lsms.epfl.ch). It is generic, robust and efficient. For ex., Akantu can be used for research at the interface of mechanics, material science, and scientific computing.


Support of “Sensing-as-a-Service” for cloud-based and utility-based sensing services, via an adaptive middle-ware framework (EPFL-LSIR).

Design Explorer

Design Explorer is an open-source tool for exploring design spaces on the web, developed by CORE studio | Thornton Tomasetti. Here you can explore the results of some research projects conducted in EPFL using this tool.


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