Data Life-Cycle Management Project

The Research Data Life-Cycle Management: From Pilot Implementations to National Services (DLCM) project is ready for take-off.

ETH Zurich is participating in this project with the ITS division Scientific IT Services and the Digital Curation body of the ETH-Bibliothek as members. The project was approved for a period of three years.

Launch of “Data Life-Cycle Management” project

The SUK P-2 program “Scientific Information: Access, processing and safeguarding” promotes the development of national solutions in the field of digital scientific information. It is conducted on behalf of the Schweizerischen Hochschulkonferenz (SHK) of swissuniversities.

The DLCM project submitted under this program was approved on June 22nd. It will be launched in August 2015 and will run until July 2018.

ETH-Bibliothek and IT Services can build on their rich experience in research data management carried out to date, cultivate existing collaboration and make results available at national level.

National solutions for management of research data

The main objective of the project is the creation of sustainable and practical solutions for the management of research data over the entire life-cycle at national level. This involves the following aspects:

  • processing and storing large data volumes efficiently
  • document correlations and dependencies until publication
  • making relevant data accessible and permanent archiving

An integral part of the project is the development of well-defined and comprehensible guidelines and best practices in addition to powerful technical solutions.

Various institutions have already come up with promising solutions and approaches to these challenges. The DLCM project builds on these foundations in order to create sustainable services for the entire Swiss academic community.


DLCM is a joint project with the following partners: EPF Lausanne, ETH Zurich, Universities of Basel, Geneva, Lausanne, Zurich, University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (HEG Geneva) and SWITCH. The project is headed by Dr. Pierre-Yves Burgi (University of Geneva), his deputy is Dr. Bernd Rinn, IT Services of ETH Zurich (ID SIS).

Duration and total budget

The DLCM project is scheduled to run for three years, beginning in August 2015. Its total budget amounts to CHF 10.7 million, of which SHK will be contributing CHF 5.7 million and the participating institutions CHF 5 million. Funding has been approved until end of 2016. Funding for the continuation of the project until July 2018 is deferred to the next financial period. However, these funds have already been pledged, subject to extension of the program for the period 2017-2020.


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