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Research data are generated in everyday scientific life: students, doctoral candidates, post-docs and established scientists generate or collect data within the scope of their scientific work. The type and scope of the data is extremely diverse, ranging from a few kilobytes of Excel spreadsheets to several 100-terabyte collections of satellite images. Particularly in disciplines outside the so-called Big Data Communities and in university libraries, there is often a lack of suitable infrastructures for the sustainable archiving and publication of research data. Structured, comprehensible data archiving and publication is the exception in many interdisciplinary research areas and other scientific disciplines, also known as the 'Long Tail of Science'. Especially in these areas, there is an opportunity to make scientific research available beyond disciplinary boundaries.
Key tasks in the field of research data management are
- planning, designing and implementing infrastructure projects for sustainable archiving and the permanent availability of digital research data
- improving the visibility of research achievements and the retrieval of research data, e. g. by semantic description in the sense of the FAIR principles
- the (further) development of data and software management systems
Since 2017, the RADAR (Research Data Repository) Service provides scientific institutions with a sustainable online service for the permanent storage and publication of research data. The TIB consults and trains RADAR together with the RADAR operator, FIZ Karlsruhe - Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure, and uses the system for its own research data publications. In addition, TIB is actively developing the system together with FIZ Karlsruhe.
Furthermore, the TIB is member of DataCite and hosts the DataCite business office. TIB offers a DOI service for research data and digital objects, administers the ORCID DE consortium and is part of the steering committee of the LeibnizData Initiative. The initiative aims to establish a competence network for research data within the Leibniz Association.