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At a glance

The German Data Forum (RatSWD) in a nutshell

Organisation: Advisory council to the federal government

Members: 10 elected representatives from the empirical social, behavioural and economic sciences and 10 representatives from data production

Term of office: 3 years

Founded: 2004

FDI Committee: Representatives of the 42 research data centres, accredited according to the German Data Forum’s guidelines

Funding: Funding by the German Research Foundation (DFG) within the framework of the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) as part of the Consortium for the Social, Behavioural, Educational and Economic Sciences (KonsortSWD)


  • Strategic development of the research data infrastructure
  • Representing the interests of data producers and data users
  • Advising legislators and science institutions
  • Accreditation and evaluation of research data centres
  • Connecting research data infrastructures on a European and international level
  • Organising communication events, academic symposiums and the triennial Conference for Social and Economic Data (KSWD)
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The German Data Forum´s workflow