Success Stories of our Consortia

About the Success Stories

In order to give our external visitors a better idea of our work, NFDI has created a collection of success stories with the help of the consortia. We would like to give you an overview of our work, e.g. helpdesks, databases and services of all kinds. We endeavour to update this page regularly with new stories.

Adacta by NFDI4Cat creates traceable Research Date with digital twins



Adacta is a research data management software developed specifically for the management of characterisation data and activity measurements from catalyst test benches It maps the test facility including the sample as a digital twin, whereby the history of the facility and its individual components are also recorded

Adacta places a particular focus on the traceability of the data entered “Traceability” here means both the origin of the data, i.e. which technical device was used to generate it, as well as its evaluation steps, All details required to reproduce the test setup can be recorded, right down to the serial numbers of the individual components

Adacta is already being used in several institutions as well as coordinated research programs (SFB 1441, SFB/TRR150, SPP 2080) for research data management

Das Konzept wurde bereits publiziert.


The AI Ethics Video Series clarifies ethical questions on Artificial Intelligence

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AI Ethics Video Series

NFDI4DS develops training materials and organises events that deal with processes and methods of data science and AI.
In this context, a video series on ethical aspects in AI was produced. For this purpose, a curriculum was developed and a questionnaire was created for the series. Each episode highlights a specific aspect and interviews well-known experts in the field. The target audience is practitioners from the data science and AI community.

You can find all currently published videos of the series on YouTube.

The Data Steward Service Center by FAIRagro takes care of from the scientific field


Data Steward Service Center

he DSSC of our young consortium was successfully formed within a few weeks of the project start in March 2023 and is characterised by a combination of teamwork and independent task processing. We are five data stewards and one coordinator who deal with various enquiries from the national and international agrosystems community. Each of our data stewards is an expert in a specific area of agrosystems research. This includes geodata, crop inventory data, long-term agricultural trials and genetic data. We are also the first consortium to have a fully qualified lawyer as a data steward for legal and ethical issues. This enables us to answer the community’s questions directly and competently ourselves, so that no outsourcing is necessary. This makes our service agile and efficient. Specifically, enquiries reach us via the central email address “”. These are then converted into tickets by our coordinator and assigned to one or more data stewards according to their expertise, who then process and manage these tickets independently. By the end of 2023, we had already dealt with 27 community enquiries. Thanks to the size and diversity of our team, we also successfully contribute to networking with other helpdesks (both NFDI and local) and with the national initiatives. [Author: Lea Singson,Data Steward at DSSC]

The leading institution of the DSSC is the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) with
its own repository (BonaRes Repository).


The interactive assistent from BERD@NFDI helps you with data protection

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Interactive Virtual Assistent (iVa)

BERD@NFDI has developed an Interactive Virtual Assistant (iVa) to help users understand the complexities of data protection regulations, particularly with regard to legal issues, and explore the legal options for using data in their projectsSpecifically targeted at the business, academic and social science sectors, iVA guides users through a decision tree with concrete questions, short examples and precise definitions; instead of pure theory, it provides practical insights. iVA consists of different modules, each of which addresses a specific data protection issue.

Pick a module and try it for yourself.

In the Common Standard FIle (GND) Text+ collects research data from the cultural sciences and humanities

Standardised data in the humanities and cultural sciences

In Text+, the NFDI consortium for language and text-based research data, the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek and the Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen re working together with other partners to expand the indexing of research data in the humanities and cultural sciences with standard data from the Gemeinsamen Normdatei (GND)and to enhance previously undeveloped databases with standard data Standard data refers to research data that can be clearly assigned to a person, for example with the help of an identification number, regardless of factors such as spelling.This benefits research and the public alike, as entities in research data (persons, works, geographies, subject headings, etc.) identified as authority data can be clearly referenced and interoperable, they offer clear search access points for data searches and, when used as controlled vocabulary in different information resources, can drive the development of the Semantic Web forward.



NFDI4Culture's Legal Helpdesk answers legal question in research data management

A Qualified Point of Contact: The NFDI4Culture Legal Helpdesk

“What do the changes in copyright law mean for our digital collections?” , “What should we bear in mind for valid consent to data processing?”

As part of the NFDI4Culture Helpdesk the Legal Helpdesk run by FIZ Karlsruhe, is a service offering competent information to deal with these and similar questions. The spectrum of topics ranges from data protection and copyright to ethical aspects of research data management.

The Legal Helpdesk is open to research, cultural heritage specialists, cultural heritage institutions and research projects. It has grown into a reliable and highly demanded service for our community, covering simple questions as well as complex dialogues on data utilisation plans and rights management strategies.

More Success Stories by NFDI4Culture on the NFDI4Culture Portal!


NOMAD by FAIRmat creates a digital infrastructure within the material sciences

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NOMAD ist eine digitale Infrastruktur für die riesigen Datenmengen aus dem weiten Feld der Materialwissenschaften. The consortium FAIRmat has further developed the original collection of simulation results in many directions.This not only concerns calculations of excited states using many-body theories and classical molecular dynamics; NOMAD has also grown into a platform for sample production, various experimental methods and a variety of applications FAIRmat has developed (meta-)data models and graphical interfaces to process and describe the wealth of heterogeneous dataToday, NOMAD comprises 13 million entries for more than 3 million materials.

The interactive NOMAD apps allow the domain-specific data to be explored in detail and also compared with each other. These apps offer customizable user interfaces for data visualization. For example, the Solar-Cell App contains over 40,000 records of components from the Perovskite Database Project. The data collection on Metal-Organic Frameworks, contains more than 17,000 calculations and is currently being expanded to include information on their synthesis. More apps will be available soon, ranging from heterogeneous catalysis to battery research.

With NOMAD Oasis FAIRmat also brings our data infrastructure to individual laboratories. NOMAD Oasis enables researchers from various disciplines to customize the NOMAD software to their individual needs. Visit out website at: