Getting started


Yareta supports Open Data and offers ways to explore data and associated metadata from archives. Public data archives can be download by anyone as a guest, or you can create your free, secure user account to request access to non-public archives.

If you want to upload research data to Yareta, you need an Organizational Unit. This series of guides will take you through the basics of connecting an existing SWITCH ID to Yareta, requesting the creation of a new Organizational Unit, adding your team members, and beginning to manage your data on Yareta.

Getting Started guides

1. Plan your request

2. Login with your SWITCH edu-ID

3. Ask for an Organizational Unit

4. Add team members and assign roles

5. Explore Yareta


1. plan your request

While public data archives are available for anyone to view and download, you need to belong to an Organizational Unit to start uploading and archiving data. The following few questions will guide you through the Organizational Unit request form and point out the things you should consider before requesting your own,

What should your Organizational Unit be named?

Please choose a short and meaningful name, compliant with Yareta's naming guidelines.


Can you give some context to your Organizational Unit?

Yareta will ask you to provide a short description and/or a link to your research project, team, etc.


Who should have management responsibilities within your Organizational Unit?

The Manager of your Organizational Unit is responsible for monitoring notifications, for ensuring adequate management and control over team members and data archives, for compliance with Yareta's General Policies and Terms of Use, as well for all financial/billing issues.


For how long would you like to archive your data?

Yareta gives you the option to choose between 5, 10, 15 years, or even more than 15 years depending on your discipline or research area. By default, data is preserved for a period of 10 years.


Would you like the quality of archived datasets to be validated by an approver?

Yareta allows you to add a validation step to your workflow. A SUBMISSION POLICY defines who can approve a dataset or not. Choosing DEPOSIT WITH APPROVAL entitles an Approver to review datasets sent to validation, while any Creator can also decide to validate datasets if you choose DEPOSIT WITHOUT APPROVAL. For more information about roles, visit this page or take the Organizational unit guided tour.

Which billing method would you like to apply to your data archives?

Yareta’s pricing is expressed as a cost per terabyte per year. Yareta offers two billing options. Whichever option you choose, Yareta is free for data volumes under 50 GB.

OptionBilling PeriodRateUsage
Option 1 Annual billing 100 CHF/TB/Year  
Option 2 Pay once forever 2'000 CHF/TB Eligible by the SNSF

Yareta follows FAIR principles and is eligible for funding for data upload for researchers under a Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) grant. If you are being funded by the SNSF, please select option 2 "Pay once forever" (one-time payment at data upload) to be able to apply for funding of research data storage and access (open data) costs.

For more information on Yareta’s pricing, see the detailed pricing conditions for Geneva’s Higher Education Institutions.

Do you have an ORCID?

Yareta offers ORCID integration for the purpose of name disambiguation. By linking your unique researcher identifier to your personal profile on Yareta, you ensure that your research data activities and outputs are correctly attributed to you. You can add your ORCID ID to your Yareta profile at any time.


2. Log in with a SWITCH edu-ID

To begin with Yareta, visit yareta.unige.ch and click the login button (upper right corner icon) to get started. In the SWITCH edu-ID login window, select your organization, then log in with your habitual ID username and password.


3. ask for an Organizational Unit

To ask for the creation of your Organizational Unit, please connect your SWITCH edu-ID first. Then, submit the suitable request form below:

  • For UNIGE researchers > Support SI
  • For researchers from Geneva’s other Higher Education Institutions > Request form

Use our guidance to help you fill in your Organizational Unit request form.


4. add team members and assign roles

A team approach can help Organizational Units to effectively implement good practices for data management. As the Manager of your Organizational Unit, you can assign your team members’ roles dedicated to accessing, creating, validating and managing deposits and archives.

Two steps are required:

  • Ask your team members to log in with their SWITCH ID
  • In your PRESERVATION SPACE > go to ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT > click on the EDIT button next to your Organizational unit (position your mouse over it to see the pencil icon on the right-hand side) > click on the +ADD button at the bottom of the list of MEMBERS > search for the PERSON's name and select a ROLE for them > then SAVE.


5. explore Yareta

Explore Yareta using any of the following guided tours:

  • Principal: guides you through the main menus and functions
  • Deposit: details the main elements of the DEPOSIT page
  • Metadata repository: shows an example of a deposit's metadata page
  • Deposit data: walks you through your fist deposit
  • Preservation space: explains the functions of the tabs in your Preservation space
  • Organizational unit: shows an example of organizational unit and details member roles
  • Search: details the options available to refine your search results

To access them, go to the menu behind your initials in the upper right corner > then select GUIDED TOUR.

Tooltips (onscreen labels) provide you with helpful information about some options when you position your mouse over them.

If you need additional information about a feature, you can also access the USER GUIDE at any time from within the application, in the menu behind your initials in the upper right corner.