​​​​​​​​Reference Architecture

Concerns a generic inter-institutional architecture for RDM within academic research. The RDM Reference Architecture consists of a set common denominators (viewpoints and relations between them, enumerations) distracted from SOLL architectures​ which are developed for certain (groups of) disciplines or for institutions. The architecture can be applied to various research collaborations across institutes. ​

Reference Architecture Framework

The Framework consists of a set of viewpoints and enumerations types for each architectural layer relevant for Research Data Management (RDM). The Framework conforms to the Archimate structure and language.​


The process by which anonymized personal data is matched with its true owner. In order to protect the privacy interests of consumers, personal identifiers, such as name and social security number, are often removed from databases containing sensitive information.

Registered Access

A system of authentication and self-declaration prior to providing access to data.


Doing research is an activity in which systematic and structured statements - based on gathering information and making observations - can be made about reality.

Research data

The recorded factual material commonly accepted in the scientific community as necessary to validate research findings.

Research Data Architecture

The architecture that spans the lifecycle of data for Research.

See also: Digital Research Environment / DRE​, Research Data Platform / RDP

Research Data management (RDM) +

RDM concerns the organisation of data, from its entry to the research cycle through to the dissemination and archiving of valuable results. RDM is part of the research process, and aims to make the research process as efficient as possible, and meet expectations and requirements of the university, research funders, and legislation.

Research Data Platform (RDP)

A platform that centrally pulls in data from different sources and provides data access to data scientists / researchers via a portal. This platform is secure, auditable, and compliant with rules and regulations. Where the DRE centers around the data user, the RDP centers around the data supplier/owner.

See also: Digital Research Environment / DRE​, Research Data Architecture 
A Research Data Zone is a collection of interconnected and networked facilities, tools and services, allowing researchers to conduct scientific work on and with large (and small) volumes of data. One of the most basic parts of an RDZ is a network that facilitates high-bandwidth traffic and research data to both campus and various national and international partners and collaborators, without being encumbered by bottlenecks or impediments such as undersized or ill performing firewalls or badly engineered network links. 

Research Playground

The area where the analytical and data crunching part of research takes place.


A resolver is a system which brings about the link between a Persistent Identifier (PID)​ and the location where the object is currently situated.

Resource Description Framework (RDF)

A globally-accepted framework for data and knowledge representation that is intended to be read and interpreted by machines.

See also: Linked Data​

Restricted or Controlled Access

Return of Results

Communication of research results to an individual or a designated health care provider or family member.


Data reuse saves time and accelerates the pace of scientific discovery. By making your data open and available to others, you make it possible for future researchers to answer questions that haven’t yet been asked. Thinking about data reuse in advance and documenting it, saves you time by helping you plan research processes and workflow early in the research project. Finally, this documentation makes it easier for you to defend your research... remember back to second grade when your teacher told you to “show your work”.


see: https://mozillascience.github.io/working-open-workshop/data_reuse/


The effect of uncertainty on objectives. 
Determinants, chance and impact of the risk RDM policy is exceeded​.

Rule based storage management

The management of storage resources based on(system or user defined) rules.



Rules are definitions of actions that are to be performed by an actor (e.g. a server). These actions are defined in terms of microservices and other actions.​