Research data – a valuable resource for science and research

Activities of the TIB in the field of research data

It started with the first Digital Object Identifier (DOI), a unique and permanent digital identifier. But it didn't stop there: the TIB recognized very early on the importance of research data for science. The activities of the TIB in the field of research data are manifold. They include advising scientists on both research data management and the publication of research data, for example in the RADAR data repository set up by the TIB.

ORCID: Identifying researchers unambiguously

Since 1 October 2016, the TIB has been leading the German ORCID consortium. Together with the project partners of the The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) projects ORCID DE and ORCID DE 2, it supports the sustainable dissemination of the Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) as a unique identifier for researchers at universities and non-university research institutions in Germany. The consortium is growing continuously and 55 scientific institutions have joined to date.

Systematic access to research data

The TIB is also an active player in the National Research Data Infrastructure Initiative (NFDI), which aims to systematically open up and make use of the previously decentralised and temporarily stored databases of science and research for the German science system. In setting up the NFDI, scientists will be brought on board right from the start; they will be able to formulate their needs, ideas, wishes and applications and work closely with the infrastructure facilities that implement the NFDIs. The TIB is involved in the NFDI consortia for engineering sciences (NFDI4Ing), earth system research (NFDI4Earth), chemistry (NFDI4Chem) and cultural sciences (NFDI4Culture).

Prototype for sustainable research data management

The open source tool Leibniz Data Manager developed by the TIB makes research data more usable. It supports and improves access to heterogeneous research data publications. The tool makes it easier for researchers to select relevant data sets for their discipline and supports them in their scientific work, especially in the area of research data management.

Research Data Policy of the TIB

Last but not least, the TIB also calls on its own employees in its research data policy to prepare, document and store in the long term the research data they have generated and processed in a research project in a sustainable manner.

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