The turn-key research data management repository

Launching in the summer 2020


We intend to be ready by summer 2020.


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The InvenioRDM project

The InvenioRDM project is an open source collaboration with two main goals:

Repository Platform

Build a turn-key research data management (RDM) repository platform based on Invenio Framework and Zenodo.


Grow a community of research institutions, private companies and individuals to sustain the platform going forward.

The project is scheduled to deliver the first release of InvenioRDM by summer 2020

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Finally a repository that your users will love! We have thought hard about user experience for everyone: end-users, curators, system administrators, and developers. Expect more of your repository!


InvenioRDM scales with you! Handle 1 or 100 million records, 1 byte or several petabytes. It runs on bare-metal, VMs and container platforms such as Kubernetes and OpenShift.

Institutional integration

InvenioRDM integrates with your institution. It supports your Single Sign-On (SSO) solution, your storage systems, your public/private clouds, your permissions models as well as your custom fields.

Next Generation Repository

InvenioRDM implements the Next Generation Repository (NGR) vision and integrates with other Open Science infrastructures such ORCID, DataCite & OpenAIRE.

Repository Profiles

InvenioRDM comes with pre-configured repository profiles for institutional repositories (IRs), research data management (RDM) systems as well as domain-specific repositories for health and biomedical sciences.


Architected from ground up to be resilient to changing business requirements. Stable APIs, easy maintenance and upgrade, as well as an extensible platform to ensure a reliable core on which you can build new innovative features and integrations.

Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of Research Data Management (RDM)?

RDM plays an important role in today’s research ecosystem to disseminate & preserve, enable reproducibility and empower reuse.

What are the advantages of using InvenioRDM in my environment?

Open source InvenioRDM has a modern web architecture and standards that make it easy to deploy, maintain, and use. InvenioRDM is being developed with a wide range of features to streamline good data practice and boost value throughout the research lifecycle. Read more about the technical features possible in InvenioRDM through the Invenio Framework.

What is the difference between InvenioRDM and Zenodo?

Zenodo is a repository service hosted by CERN. InvenioRDM is a repository application that anyone can use to run a service similar to e.g. Zenodo. Zenodo will run on InvenioRDM by the end of the project period.

What is the difference between Invenio Framework and InvenioRDM?

The Invenio Framework is a toolbox (a code library) which you can use build a repository application like InvenioRDM, an integrated library system application like InvenioILS, or other applications requiring powerful search and document management capabilities.

Can I see InvenioRDM in action?

Not yet, but it will not be far from what is today.

Is the InvenioRDM project a formal project?

The project is an active open collaboration like other open-source community projects. While there are no formal legal agreements between the project partners, we have taken steps to ensure that collaborators are welcomed to the project and supported with communication and collaboration workflows.

How do you ensure the success of the project?

The project is designed so that it tolerates a loss of partners except for the two core partners CERN and Northwestern University. The project is further purposely kept short in time to quickly deliver the first product release that all partners can run in production.

How did the project come about?

Zenodo is open-source licensed and thus several institutions tried to reuse the Zenodo source code, although it was never meant to be installed elsewhere (it is a service, not an application). Other institutions tried to use the Invenio Framework to build a RDM repository from scratch. Several institutions tried to make the same modifications but had no easy way of sharing their changes. All these institutions came together to create a collaborative open source project and grow a sustainable community.

What is the development timeline for the next year?

See our roadmap.

Can I join the project?

Yes. The InvenioRDM project is an open collaboration where anyone can join. The collaboration is characterized by a common goal and strengthened by open information sharing, public discussions, and robust collaboration.

How do I join the project?

To join the project in this initial phase (through Summer 2020), we expect you to commit a minimum of 3 person-months of efforts into the project by Summer 2020. You can commit effort in a variety of ways: development, documentation, requirements gathering, community building, testing, and more. If interested, contact the project manager Lars Holm Nielsen.

Who are the partners of the project?

Brookhaven National Laboratory, Caltech Library, CERN, the CTSA Program Center for Data to Health, Data Futures, Graz University of Technology, Helmholtz Zentrum Dresden Rossendorf, Northwestern University, OpenAIRE, TUBITAK ULAKBIM (Turkish Academic Network and Information Center), TIND, Universität Hamburg and University of Münster.

Who is funding the project?

The InvenioRDM project is funded by the project partners (see above). Also, several funders have provided grants that have funded or still funds part of the development:

  • CERN Knowledge Transfer
  • The CTSA Program Center for Data to Health (CD2H) is supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at the US National Institutes of Health (Grant U24TR002306).
  • European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the grant agreements OpenAIREplus, OpenAIRE2020, OpenAIRE-Connect & OpenAIRE-Advance.
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  • Arcadia Fund