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One year FAIR Data Spaces

The project FAIR Data Spaces celebrates its first anniversary this week. The project application was submitted to the Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) at the beginning of April last year and the funding already started on 17 May 2021. Since then, the FAIR Data Spaces community has been built up and the first milestones have been reached together.

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NFDI publishes statement on the EU Data Act

The Data Act of the European Union is to regulate the accessibility of data in the future. As part of a feedback procedure, the ELSA (Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects) section in the NFDI association has submitted an opinion on the draft law. This statement at EU level is the first of an NFDI section.

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New FAIR Data Spaces community newsletter published

The community newsletter kicks off with a special edition containing information about our second FAIR Data Spaces project workshop on 15 March 2022. Our workshop was part of the BMBF event “Leitbild einer fairen Datenökonomie in Deutschland und Europa” (Model of a fair data economy in Germany and Europe), organised by Fraunhofer-Verbund IUK-Technologie and under the patronage of German Research Minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger.

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Chair of the Consortia Assembly elected

At the Consortium Assembly on 1 April 2022, the speakers of the consortia unanimously elected a new chair for the association body. Prof. Dr. Andreas Witt (Text+) replaces Prof. Dr. Christoph Steinbeck (NFDI4Chem) as chairman, Dr. Dirk von Suchodoletz (DataPLANT) was re-elected as deputy chairman.

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Speakers elected for three sections

The work in the sections started. This week and last week, the sections Common Infrastructures (section-infra), Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects (section-ELSA) and (Meta)data, Terminologies and Provenance (section-metadata) elected their spokespersons and deputies in their first official meetings.

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NFDI supports Saving Ukrainian Culture Heritage Online (SUCHO)

The war in Ukraine is causing terrible destruction. Every day, digital data treasures of Ukrainian scientists and cultural workers are lost forever. NFDI wants to help preserve these data. We have made direct contact with the organisers of SUCHO (Saving Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Online) and enquired about current needs. At the moment helping hands and especially skilled web experts are needed.

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Important links for scientists from Ukraine

The attacks by the Russian military on Ukraine leave us deeply dismayed. Our thoughts are with the Ukrainian people who are currently enduring tremendous sufferings.
As a large network of research institutions in Germany, NFDI is collecting links, contact addresses and services that can help affected scientists from Ukraine. We hope that we can show our solidarity in this way.

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NFDI consortia publish statement on basic services

At the Consortia Assembly of the Association German National Research Data Infrastructure on 14 January, the consortia represented in it approved the publication of a collective statement on the topic of basic services without any dissenting votes. Read the published statement here.

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DFG publishes timetable for basic service consortia

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) has published a timetable for the decision-making process for funding basic services in the German National Research Data Infrastructure.
The final decision on funding for basic service consortia will be made by the Joint Science Conference (GWK) in November 2022.

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New NFDI newsletter

The latest information about the NFDI Association and our consortia is now available once a month as a newsletter. Subscribe to the NFDI newsletter and stay up to date.

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GWK decides on funding for the NFDI Directorate

The directorate of the German National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) e.V. association will be funded by the federal and state governments with a sum of 17.5 million euros from 2022 to 2028. The decision on funding was made by the Joint Science Conference (GWK) at its meeting on 22 October.

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All four section concepts published

At the beginning of October, the first four sections were established in the association. In the meantime, all of them have published their section concepts.
You can find all four concepts on our zenodo community page.

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Working together on cross-cutting topics: Start of four sections

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.

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Ten new NFDI consortia take off

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).

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First Parliamentary Lunch

Members of the German Parliament (Bundestag) and their employees had the opportunity on Wednesday, 16 June, to learn about the major challenges in research data management as well as about solution strategies through NFDI. The association presented itself during a virtual parliamentary lunch.

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Start of the FAIR Data Spaces project

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.

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Establishment of first sections

In several strategy workshops together with the consortia of the first round, four sections were identified. These sections will be prioritised and established in the National Research Data Infrastructure: (Meta)data, Terminologies and Provenance; Common Infrastructures; Training & Education; and Ethical & Legal Aspects. In order to make these concepts public at an early stage and provide an opportunity for feedback, an overview of the abstracts is provided in a shared document.

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First ToolTalk on 8 September

At the NFDI ToolsTalk, scientists report on tools that are intended to make effective research data management easier. The consortia provide insights into their work and the development of innovative services and tools. The first ToolsTalk on the topic “DataPLANT – Tools and Services to structure the Data Jungle” is on 8 September.

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