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. 



RDM for humanities

Research data management is important for every research discipline and the humanities are no exception. To address this community, the IKM at the Tübingen University organised the 2nd "Tübinger FDM Tage". This year, Holger Gauza (BioDATEN) gave an overview of research data management in general, followed by talks by Prof. Dr. Torsten Schrade (NFDI4Culture), Prof. Dr. Andreas Witt (Text+), Jan Hess and Prof. Dr. Roland S. Kamzelak (SDC4Lit) and Dr. Michael Derntl (Digital Humanities Center Tübingen University).  

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


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