The National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) and the Research Data Management Ecosystem in Bremen


12 - 13 Uhr

Data Science Forum

Prof. Dr. Frank Oliver Glöckner
Professor of Earth System Data Science
FB 05 – Geosciences / MARUM
Alfred Wegener Institut (AWI)


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In November 2018, the German Science Minister Conference GWK agreed on a 10-year initiative to structure research data services across different scientific domains in Germany. Now, 3 years later, the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) has become operational, with a Directorate established in Karlsruhe and a first cohort of nine domain-oriented consortia started on October 1st, 2020. A second set of consortia have been funded and a third round is planned for 2022. The final NFDI is expected to unite roughly 30 thematic consortia, covering all research domains in Germany.

With the information system PANGAEA – Data Publisher for Earth and Environmental Science – as well as the German Federation for Biological Data (GFBio) Bremen has a long tradition in research data management by providing national and internationally renowned community services. To meet the great need in science, economy, and society for competences in data literacy, data management, and data science, the Data Train education program for doctoral researchers has been established in 2020. Maybe as a consequence, by leading or participating in eight out of 19 consortia the Bremen area was very successful in the first and second NFDI round. The goal is now to integrate and extend these successful efforts even more under the umbrella of the U Bremen Research Alliance .

About the Speaker

Frank Oliver Glöckner is Professor for Earth System Data Science at the Department of Geosciences at the University of Bremen. He is head of Data at the Computing and Data Center of the Alfred Wegener Institute Bremerhaven and Adjunct Professor for Bioinformatics at the Jacobs University Bremen. He is head of the Data Publisher for Earth and Environmental Science PANGAEA at MARUM and speaker of the NFDI4BioDiversity consortium. His interdisciplinary team of geologists, biologists, engineers, and software developers located at the AWI and MARUM has a national and international proven track record in research data management, data logistics and data science. Together with Prof. Dr. Iris Pigeot, he is chair of the Research Data Working Group of the U Bremen Research Alliance.

Prof. Dr. Frank Oliver Glöckner

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