Ensuring the reproducibility of Research results by preserving access to research software and by providing a technical context

The BioDATEN SDC presented at the DINI Workshop "Forschungssoftware managen" held on the 15th/16th September at Stuttgart University.

Research data can be meaningfully interpreted and reused only in the and reusable only in the respective context. Software is a central component of this context. Often software is implicitly seen as part of FAIR data management. In communication, especially with researchers, but also with other stakeholders, it helps to see research software as a challenge in its own right and to recognize its access to research results in the long term.

 Based on the rules of good scientific practice and in accordance with the FAIR principles, strategic considerations on the conditions of a long-term usability of research software were discussed. For this purpose, current developments in the legal implications, e.g. of licenses and the legal-organizational were presented. Many rules with regard to closed-code software are missing in the project setup and planning. Solutions such as mandated escrow, legal deposit, which go beyond individual specialist repositories. It would be beneficial to implement such services as well as modules for functional long-term access on an overarching level in a federated service infrastructure. 



BioDATEN @IWSG 2022 in Trento

Mountains, Italian food and science gateways - Part of the BioDATEN project team and the NFDI GHGA team presented work related to science gateways at the 14th meeting of the International Workshop on Science Gateways at the University of Trento between 15-17 June 2022.

Science gateways represent a framework to implement, integrate, and provide service to a scientific user community. But often additional requirements have to be met and other tools have to be used to implement and link e.g. data publishing, search, and metadata annotation. Instead of integrating every necessary function or tool into a monolithic science gateway, the Science Data Center BioDATEN experiments with a lateral approach. A HUBzero-based science gateway is implemented in parallel to other components such as InvenioRDM for data publishing, VuFind for data search, and a homebrew tool to annotate metadata. These components are connected by a single sign-on infrastructure that offers seamless user integration. This topology in combination with the tools and services implemented helps to make research data FAIR data while reducing effort and enhancing usability.

The talks, discussions, and presentations were accompanied by an event that - luckily - took place at the same time in Trento a very good conference dinner. Thanks again to the organisers of the 14th IWSG. The 15th IWSG will take place at the University of Tübingen. 

 University of Trento


BioDATEN @ISC 2022 in Hamburg

The Science Data Center BioDATEN was participating in this year's International Supercomputing Conference 2022 (ISC) held in Hamburg. It was part of the booth sponsored by the Ministry for Science, Research and Art of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg. The staff presented and informed visitors about the the science supporting infrastructure and personnel support projects (bwHPC clusters and bwHPC-S5 support project) as well as about BioDATEN and the other three Science Data Centers.

Additionally, the fair and conference offered the opportunity to get informed on recent technologies in the domain of HPC and cloud computing infrastructure as well as new developments in storage and fast interconnect systems. As both supporting infrastructure providers of BioDATEN are about to upgrade their compute clusters, this event offered valuable input.

Thanks to the organisers of the ISC 2022, the organisers of the bwHPC booth and bw2FDM for the opportunity to present the SDCs to a larger audience!

bwHPC booth at the ISC 2022 in Hamburg

Overview of the four SDCs in Baden-Württemberg

(DvS, HG)



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