1st NFDI4Chem Webinar


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How to effectively organize research data: Information on German research data infrastructure project for chemistry


In October 2020 the first consortia of the German National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) will start into the first funding period of five years. The aim of NFDI is to systematically manage research data, provide long-term data storage and accessibility in the light of the FAIR data principles. NFDI brings together multiple stakeholders from the science communities and infrastructure institutions providing a user-driven approach to the development of data services.

Chemistry Consortium NFDI4Chem
This webinar will present the chemistry consortium NFDI4Chem, which submitted a proposal for the first funding period. The vision of NFDI4Chem is the digitalization of all key steps in chemical research. NFDI4Chem supports scientists in their efforts to collect, store, process, analyse, disclose, and re-use research data.

Measures to promote Open Science and Research Data Management in agreement with the FAIR data principles are fundamental aims of NFDI4Chem to serve the community with a holistic concept for access to research data. To this end, the overarching objective is the development and maintenance of a national research data infrastructure for the research domain of chemistry in Germany, and to enable innovative services and novel scientific approaches based on re-use of research data.

NFDI4Chem intends to represent all disciplines of chemistry in academia and aims to collaborate closely with thematically related consortia. In the initial phase, NFDI4Chem focuses on data related to molecules and reactions including data for their experimental and theoretical characterisation.

This overarching goal is achieved by working towards a number of key objectives:

  • Key Objective 1: Establish a virtual environment of federated repositories for searching, commenting and exchanging research data across distributed data sources. Connect existing data repositories and, based on a requirements analysis, build one or multiple domain-specific research data repositories for the national research community, and link them to international repositories.
  • Key Objective 2: Initiate international community processes to establish minimum information (MI) standards for data and machine-readable metadata as well as open data standards in key areas of chemistry. Identify and recommend open data standards in key areas of chemistry, in order to support the FAIR principles for research data. Finally, develop standards, if there is a lack.
  • Key Objective 3: Foster cultural and digital change towards Smart Laboratory Environments by promoting the use of digital tools in all stages of research and promote subsequent research data management at all levels of academia, beginning in undergraduate studies curricula.
  • Key Objective 4: Engage with the chemistry community in Germany through a wide range of measures to create awareness for and foster the adoption of FAIR data management. Initiate processes to integrate research data management (RDM) and data science into curricula. Offer a wide range of training opportunities for researchers.
  • Key Objective 5: Explore synergies with other consortia and promote cross-cutting development within the NFDI
  • Key Objective 6: Provide a legally reliable framework of policies and guidelines for FAIR research data management

Program of the Webiar

Meeting chaired by Prof. Dr. Sonja Herres-Pawlis, RWTH AAchen, Germany

  • 10:00 NFDI4Chem - the national research data infrastructure for chemistry
    Prof. Dr. Christoph Steinbeck, University of Jena and Dr. Oliver Koepler, TIB
  • 10:30 Special focus today: Chemotion as ELN and repo
    Dr. Nicole Jung, KIT
  • 10:45 Question & Answers with all speakers

The webinar is free and can be accessed by registration


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