BioDATEN proposing measures to sustain research data management

BioDATEN took place in the SDC working group meeting on business models to discuss options to establish sustainable support of research data management on the 14 June 2021. The increasing complexity of requirements necessitates stronger management of a university's research data management (FDM). In order to cope with the increasing variety of tasks and to ensure a close exchange into the faculties and institutions, the area of research data management should be strengthened. A central task for research data management is to extend it to the entire institution. Only in this way can the university as a whole credibly represent its commitment to the public and funding agencies and establish binding standards and concepts. Strategic considerations include recommendations that should be made to future research and collaborative projects in the various disciplines. Such projects typically require support in the various aspects of data management and technical infrastructure.

The talk given by a BioDATEN member presented current developments of concepts over the years and considerations by the various stakeholders in that process. It tried to address the contradiction of short-term project-oriented research endeavours and long-term requirements proposed by the "good scientific practice". The suggestions proposed try to alleviate the problem of acquiring qualified IT staff and specialists in research data management. The challenge of getting qualified personnel is exacerbated by the fact that the range of requirements on the one hand and knowledge on the other hand are much higher than they were a decade or two ago. Experience in many CRCs and similarly large projects showed that (temporary) partial positions often could not be filled appropriately. Therefore, alternative models addressing these problems are currently being considered at various levels. The goal is to improve the supply of suitable personnel in the various task areas and to combine job shares in full job equivalents (with longer duration of contracts). These positions should be concentrated in the respective departments (like university libraries or computer centers) and dedicated in their respective proportions to activities in the various ongoing research projects. Payroll and personnel management will be handled by the respective department responsible. This ensures that staff work on near-current developments and are informed about existing services and offerings in the area of research data management and can bring them to the field with local support. This gradually improves support at the institutes and faculties, as integration into a team and connection to ongoing developments is ensured.


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BioDATEN receives poster award

BioDATEN participated at the E-Science-Tage presenting a poster about “HUBzero as basis for an open-source science gateway”. A HUBzero based science gateway will form the basis for services, information exchange, support and the generation of scientific extra value for the BioDATEN community. The poster was awarded with a price, ranking on place three! We thank the organizers and the committee for this award and congratulate our colleagues from DataPLANT and NFDI4BIOIMAGE.

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