First Parliamentary Lunch
NFDI invites to Parliamentary Lunch
(Published on 27.07.2021) On Wednesday, 16 June, members of the German Parliament (Bundestag) and their employees had the opportunity to learn about the major challenges in research data management as well as solution strategies through NFDI. The association introduced itself during a virtual parliamentary lunch. In his keynote speech, Director Prof. Dr. York Sure-Vetter first made clear the great importance of already existing research data in the generation of new knowledge. At the same time, he outlined problems that researchers encounter in their work. Data is usually stored in a decentralised, temporary and project-related manner and therefore difficult to access. NFDI wants to solve this problem and build a better data infrastructure. York Sure-Vetter told the guests about the current activities of the association and how the primary goals will be realised. Afterwards, the participants had the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the research data management of the future. The discussion was moderated by Eva Lübke, Administrative Director. One topic was the development of common standards for more interoperability. NFDI is working on harmonising standards with a special focus on interdisciplinary exchange. The balancing act between open research data and fields such as data protection, patent law and copyright was also discussed. The guests were as well interested in the technical implementation of services. In particular, the role of data centres in the development of a nationwide research data infrastructure was discussed.
Although the NFDI consortia cover a wide variety of scientific fields, many topics also overlap. These cross-cutting topics will be addressed in so-called sections. The first four sections are now starting their work. The Scientific Senate approved their establishment at its meeting on 29 September.
Funding for ten more NFDI consortia began at the beginning of October. The decision had already been made by the Joint Science Conference (GWK) on 2 July. The GWK followed the recommendation of the German Research Foundation (DFG).
The FAIR Data Spaces project started in May 2021. It is planned for three years and is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF. In this project, the federated safe data infrastructure Gaia-X and the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) are developing a joint cloud-based data space for industry and research.