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Adding a resource (RDS)

Adding a resource (RDS)


The process for adding an RDS resource to a project is shown here as an example.


Select the "Add Resource" button on the homepage of the project.

Add Resource Button

You will be forwarded to the resource configuration. The resource configuration is divided into 4 steps. Fields marked with a red asterisk are mandatory.

Step 1: setup

Step 1

The first step is the general setup of the resource. Choose the type of resource and the amount of storage you need. Please also note the additional documentation “resource types” and “general”.

Confirm your selection by clicking the "Next" button. Proceed with step 2.

Step 2: general information

In the second step you have the opportunity to set general information about the resource.

Step 2

  • Resource name: Give the resource a unique name.
  • Display Name: A short display name, up to 25 characters.
  • Resource Description: Describe the content and purpose of the resource.
  • Discipline: Select one or more scientific disciplines that can be assigned to the resource. By default the disciplines of the project are used, but these can be changed.
  • Resource keywords: Set keywords for the resource so that it can be easily searched for later.
  • Visibility: Select the "Project Members" option to limit the visibility to participants in your project.
  • Not yet available, but planned: The setting "Public" to make a resource publicly available.
  • License: You can select a license for the data in the resource.
  • Usage rights: Specify special usage rights with regard to the resource.

Step 3: resource metadata

Metadata is a core aspect of research data management and thus also plays a major role in coscine. Read under Resource Management what role metadata play within resources.

To continue, select an application profile. After selecting an application profile, further application-specific fields become visible.

Attention: In this step you only select the profile according to which all data in this resource (must) be written and, if necessary, enter default values.

  • Mandatory fields: Fields with a red asterisk are mandatory in the application profile. Users who want to upload data to the resource later have to fill in these fields before uploading!
  • Default values: When creating the resource, you have the option of entering values ​​for metadata, which are then the default value for each upload.
  • Set (lock): If you want to set values ​​as unchangeable default values, first enter the default value and then click on the lock. All data that is uploaded automatically receives this immutable metadata. (e.g. a permanent contact person or PI)
  • Visibility (eye): Ideally, the application profile and data go well together, but it may be that no suitable profile exists and a more general one must be used. In this case, optional fields that do not match the data can be hidden in order to increase clarity during the data upload.
    • Mandatory fields can only be hidden if an unchangeable default value has been assigned.

Good metadata management is not always easy, but it is a basic requirement for the reusability of research data. If you have any questions, read our more detailed explanation under Metadata Management or contact the FDM team at

Step 3

Step 4: overview & confirmation

Step 4

Check and confirm your details.


last changed on 29.01.2021

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