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Data Access

Our research data centres (RDC): the key to quality-assured data for your research

This area of activity bundles important activities with the aim of integrated and harmonized data access, and develops them further. With currently 38 accredited Research Data Centers (RDC), there is a constantly growing network. It is structured by the Committee for Data Access (currently Committee for Research Data Infrastructure).

Within the framework of the NFDI, the capacities of the RDCs are strengthened, while the system is maintained as a federal infrastructure. In order to provide user-friendly services to a broader community, KonsortSWD will open up the expertise and services in the RDM to other users (e.g. other disciplines or universities) and transfer its know-how to the scientific communities. Thereby we set the following priorities:

  • Harmonization of processes in RDC. This will lead to more transparent access routes. Despite different legal restrictions and institutional arrangements, data users should find similar structures when contacting different RDCs.
  • Facilitating access to sensitive data by creating a nationwide network of access points (e.g. guest researcher workplaces in the RDCs). This reduces the effort (costs and travel) for data users.
  • Building a federated archiving infrastructure. In a first step, qualitative data that were previously largely inaccessible for secondary use will be systematically incorporated into the RDC network.
  • Improving the qualification of RDC staff and data users in the disciplines covered by the KonsortSWD. This corresponds to the increased requirements of the FDM.
  • Establishment of an interaction platform to support the users of various RDCs. This will facilitate access to support in terms of data.
  • In addition, KonsortSWD will make relevant and new data available to the RDC through competitively awarded RDM grants.