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Transcending boundaries: Institutional-level engagement in a transdisciplinary data network at Bielefeld University, Germany

Presenter 1
ohanna Vompras
University of Bielefeld
Presenter 2
Jochen Schirrwagen
University of Bielefeld
Presenter 3
Najko Jahn
University of Bielefeld

A growing number of universities are seeking for ways to deal with research data. Some have recently launched policies and dedicated services. But challenges still exist of how to best address research data management on a multidisciplinary scale and across the research lifecycle. In this talk, we present our experiences in designing, governing, and maintaining institutional services for Research Data Management at Bielefeld University. They are a result of a bottom-up development strategy in cooperation with scientists, library, computing center, and research administration department. We focus on the support for data management planning, providing a web-based data management plan tool. Using a template-based system, the capabilities of the tool are flexible, allowing researchers to cover the specific needs of a project, coming from funding requirements, subject-matter, or the nature of the projects’ data. For data publication, the institutional repository has been extended. Data can be published under an Open Database license and is registered with DataCite. For several disciplines, special services exist. For instance, the repository interoperates with research platforms. Federated author profiles make research data easily accessible from project webpages and staff directory. With this approach, first requirements from Bielefeld University’s researchers and funders are met.

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