About us

NFDI4Chem is building an open and FAIR infrastructure for research data management in chemistry. The consortium consists of dedicated data producers and users from university and non-university research, infrastructure institutions and learned societies like the German Chemical Society (GDCh), Bunsen Society and the German Pharmaceutical Society (DPhG). NFDI4Chem intends to represent all disciplines of chemistry in academia.
NFDI4Chem’s vision is to digitize all key steps in chemical research to support scientists in their efforts to collect, store, process, analyse, disclose and re-use research data.
 

Measures to promote Open Science and Research Data Management (RDM) in agreement with the FAIR data principles are fundamental aims of NFDI4Chem to serve the chemistry community with a holistic concept for access to research data. To this end, the overarching objective is to develop and maintain a national research data infrastructure for the research domain of chemistry in Germany, and to enable innovative and easy to use services and novel scientific approaches based on re-use of research data. In the initial phase, NFDI4Chem focuses on data related to molecules and reactions including data for their experimental and theoretical characterisation.

Goals

  • Create virtual environment of federated repositories for research data in chemistry
  • Initiate international community processes to establish minimum information and open data standards in chemistry
  • Foster cultural and digital change towards Smart Laboratory Environments
  • Create awareness for and foster adoption of FAIR data management in chemistry community
  • Explore synergies and promote cross-cutting development within NFDI
  • Provide legally reliable framework of policies and guidelines for FAIR RDM

Task Area

TA1

Management: financial and organisational management of the project.

TA2

Smart Laboratory (SmartLab): implementation and adaptation of existing and development of missing IT components in a flexible work environment, enabling early capture of data as well as management, analysis and storage of associated information.

TA3

Repositories: reliable storage, dissemination and archival of all relevant research data at each stage of the data lifecycle.

TA4

Standards: specification and documentation of standards required for archival, publication and exchange of data and metadata, together with reference implementations and data validation.

TA5

Community und Training: collection, analysis and response to community requirements as well as dissemination and training on all levels, starting in early undergraduate studies.

TA6

Synergies: coordination of NFDI4Chem activities with other NFDI consortia and harmonization with international bodies (topics include cross-domain metadata standards, semantic data annotation with ontologies, provision of terminology services as well as legal aspects of FAIR RDM).

Prof. Dr. Christoph Steinbeck

Speaker of the consortium

Dr. Oliver Koepler

Speaker of the consortium

University of Jena

Applicant institution

(Co-)applicant institutions and (co-)speakers:
  • TIB – Leibnitz-Informationszentrum Technik und Naturwissenschaften Universitätsbibliothek
  • Dr. Nicole Jung & Dr. Felix Bach -Karlsruhe – Institut für Technologie (KIT)
  • Matthias Razum – FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibnitz-Institut für Informationsstruktur
  • Dr. Steffen Neumann – Leiniz-Institut für Pflanzenbiochemie (IPB)
  • Prof. Dr. Sonja Herres-Pawlis – RWTH Aachen
  • Dr. Johannes Liermann – Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (JGU)
      Participating Institutions

      • Belstein-Institut
      • Deutsche Pharmazeutische Gesellschaft e.V.
      • Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
      • Georg-August-Universität
      • Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker e.V.
      • Julius-Maximilians-Universität München
      • Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB)
      • Universitätsbibliothek der TU Braunschweig
      • Technische Universität Dortmund
      • Technische Universität Dresden
      • Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH – UFZ
      • Universität zu Köln

      Prof. Dr. Christoph Steinbeck

      Speaker of the consortium

      Dr. Oliver Koepler

      Applicant institution

      University of Jena

      Applicant institution

      (Co-)applicant institutions and (co-)speakers:
      • TIB – Leibnitz-Informationszentrum Technik und Naturwissenschaften Universitätsbibliothek
      • Dr. Nicole Jung & Dr. Felix Bach -Karlsruhe – Institut für Technologie (KIT)
      • Matthias Razum – FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibnitz-Institut für Informationsstruktur
      • Dr. Steffen Neumann – Leiniz-Institut für Pflanzenbiochemie (IPB)
      • Prof. Dr. Sonja Herres-Pawlis – RWTH Aachen
      • Dr. Johannes Liermann – Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (JGU)
      Participating Institutions
      • Belstein-Institut
      • Deutsche Pharmazeutische Gesellschaft e.V.
      • Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
      • Georg-August-Universität
      • Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker e.V.
      • Julius-Maximilians-Universität München
      • Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB)
      • Universitätsbibliothek der TU Braunschweig
      • Technische Universität Dortmund
      • Technische Universität Dresden
      • Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH – UFZ
      • Universität zu Köln