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LaRS – Language Repository of Switzerland

Language Repository of Switzerland


The Language Repository of Switzerland (LaRS) is a national platform for the publication of linguistic research data. LaRS uses SWISSUbase as its repository system. SWISSUbase facilitates access to research data and projects across different disciplines and provides Swiss research institutions with a reliable data infrastructure.

SWISSUbase is operated in partnership between FORS and the Universities of Zurich and Lausanne. Three Data Service Units (DSUs) use SWISSUbase, and additional partners and DSUs are welcome:

Who can use LaRS?

Researchers in linguistics at PhD level and above can publish and archive data free of charge. The requirements are institutional representation in the CLARIN CH consortium and a SWITCH edu-ID.

Why publish on LaRS?

  • You meet the requirements of Swiss and international funding agencies that call for the publication of research data.
  • LaRS facilitates the implementation of the FAIR principles.
  • You increase the findability of your datasets using linguistic metadata.
  • A data curation team reviews the metadata entered and ensures the long-term availability of the datasets.
  • You can publish openly for all (using Creative Commons licenses) or via closed contract, which requires a SWISSUbase login to download the data. Additionally, you can release data only upon request.
  • Your datasets are assigned a persistent identifier (DOI).
  • The data are exclusively stored on Swiss servers (SWITCH).

For which data is LaRS suitable?

LaRS allows you to publish and archive data collections in file form. You can publish all types of data (text, audio, video, image, programming scripts etc.) as long as their format is suitable for long-term storage.
In addition, you must comply with data protection regulations. The publication of sufficient documentation material is recommended and required by research funders. Please refer to the LaRS Policy

How can I publish or archive data on LaRS?

Log in to with your SWITCH edu-ID and choose “Linguistics” as scientific domain. You can find more information on the SWISSUbase website.

General user guide SWISSUbase

Resources specific to Linguistics

Where to get more information on data processing and conversion?

LaRS works closely with LiRI (Linguistic Research Infrastructure). If you are interested in processing data and preparing it for long-term archiving, contact us at:

Weiterführende Informationen

Questions about LaRS or SWISSUbase?

Florian Steurer

Stefanie Strebel, Dr.

Questions about data processing and conversion with LiRI?