RDM software

ACOUA – Academic Output Archive

EPFL-driven preservation storage for cold research data produced by EPFL research groups. It allows the long-term archiving of datasets:

  • Datasets ingestion in a trustworthy, safe environment
  • Human support by specialized Research Data staff
  • Data curation and periodic audits of datasets integrity 
  • Custom reports on the preservation state of the datasets

For further information, contact [email protected] or [email protected].




Platform for scientific code co-creation, curation, sharing and testing. Integrated with GitHub, 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.




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.




Online platform enabling the direct creation, review and sharing of your Data Management Plan, with custom templates depending on the of funders or institutions requirements. This online platform is hosted in France by the INIST (Institut de l’Information Scientifique et Technique), but you can create a free account to use it.
Note: If your DMP contains any sensitive or confidential information, we advise you to use the EPFL templates instead, or ask the Research Data Library Team.



EPFL-made software

Many EPFL researchers develop or maintain software useful for their projects, and make it available for others to use. Here follows a list of some of such tools. Contact [email protected] to suggest other EPFL-made software.


Automated Interactive Infrastructure and Database, espacially 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.


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


Computational tool dedicated to the study of dielectric particle response to AC electric fields. Freely downloadable from Zenodo (v1.0.1, January 11, 2019).


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


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


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



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.




A platform for collaboratively developing and publishing reproducible methods. It allows to store, organize and modify procedures, manuals, checklists, instructions and of course protocols, with handy collaborative features. It also allows to publish your work assigning it a DOI.




A global registry and search engine for data repositories, that you can browse by discipline and specific features (eg. DOI, data licenses, standards, etc.). Use it to check which data repository best targets your discipline or provides the most helpful features.




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.



Storage 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.




Cloud solution for Swiss universities, accessible via institutional login. It offers standard 100 GB online storage per user, synchronization over multiple devices, easy sharing, and features as real-time collaboration on documents. Data are stored and processed in Switzerland. It has a multi-platform client using end-to-end encryption, thus making it easy to comply with Federal Act on Data Protection and the official secrecy laws.
Note: transfer encryption is not file encryption. SWITCHdrive does not encrypt the data stored in the SWITCHdrive account, so users have to encrypt the data themselves as needed. Also check the Cloud Guide of EPFL.



A general-purpose data repository, compliant with the FAIR principles. It is made available by Cern and OpenAire, and is free for any researcher who wants to publish or just archive data or code. It allows to reserve a DOI, set the license, keywords, acknowledge for grants, etc. Zenodo is also suggested by Github as the way to make code citable.





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