RDM software

ACOUA : Academic Output Archive

Objective: ACOUA is the new long-term preservation tool for research data produced by EPFL Labs.

Service provided: Preservation (ensuring the integrity of the dataset) of the data in the long run, which consists of:

  • Ingestion of dataset(s) in a trustworthy, safe and EPFL-driven environment
  • Support by the Research Data staff all along the ingested dataset lifecycle
  • Periodic control of the integrity of the dataset via audits and data curation
  • Provision of reports on the state of the preserved dataset to the Lab


Call for tender 2019: Launched on 01.04.2019. The tender was divided in two parts: Data publication (lot 1) and Data preservation (lot 2). The EPFL Library and the VPSI conducted an in-depth analysis of providers that answered the call for tender. Two providers were retained for a Proof of Concept (PoC), one for each lot.

Proof of concept 2019: Performed in the period summer  / autumn 2019, with the participation of chosen labs from different faculties. Only lot 2 was retained: the PoC was successful and score was up to 98% of EPFL needs for a Preservation solution.

Pilot phase 2020: Based on the results of the PoC, on 03.02.2020 lot 2 was allocated to the external provider Libnova. Extensive tests will be taken during this Pilot phase. For these tests, Faculty ITs have supported the staff in the task of identifying early-adopting Labs.

Go live!: After the Pilot, ACOUA will be opened to the whole EPFL community in Q1 2021.

Future work: A call for tender for lot 1 (Dataset publication) will be launched again half 2021.

Questions? Would you like to know more about this project? Please contact [email protected]


c4science is a 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.



DMP tool

DMP OPIDoR enables you to directly create, review and share 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 functionalitities of version control, etc., within the confort of the EPFL access, as a more open alternative to GitHub.




protocols.io is a platform for developing and sharing 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.




re3data.org is a registry and a search engine for data repositories, that you can browse by discipline, specific features (eg. DOI), data licenses, standards, etc. You can use it to check whether a data repository exists that best targets your discipline or provides helpful features.




SLIMS is an EPFL spinoff offering a Laboratory Information Management System developed by Genohm SA. It has ELN-like functionalities (file organization by projects, experiments, notes, etc. with search and tags) plus the management of samples, and other advanced functions, especially useful for life-science research projects. The system is installed on EPFL servers.



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.




Zenodo is 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. It allows to reserve a DOI, set the license, keywords, aknowledge for grants, etc.