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 about 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.
Industry Engagement: Speaker elected and section concept published
In its first official meeting on 5 May, the Section Industry Engagement elected Prof. Dr. Florian Stahl as speaker and Prof. Dr. Chris Eberl as deputy speaker.
In addition, the section concept was published on zenodo.
IAM4NFDI: Identity and access management starts path to NFDI-wide basic service
On 31 March, the consortia assembly of the NFDI Association unanimously approved the funding of the basic service application “Identity and Access Management for the German National Research Data Infrastructure (IAM4NFDI)” by the collaborative joint project Base4NFDI.
This is intended to create the conditions for users from different disciplines, consortia and research institutions to be able to register for services and use them.
New section Industry Engagement coordinates cooperation with industry
The NFDI sections are dedicated to topics that are relevant to all or several consortia. In October 2021, the first four sections already started their work. Now the fifth section, Industry Engagement (section-industry), is starting.