EDDI Conference System, EDDI13 – 5th Annual European DDI User Conference

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Proposing a Metadata Solution over Multiple RDCs in the German Context
David Schiller, Ingo Barkow

Last modified: 2013-11-04


There is a wide ranch of research data available in Germany. Within the last decade a great number of new Research Data Centre (RDC) originated, offering a variety of different information for scientific research. Currently 25 RDCs are accredited under the umbrella of the German Data Council (RatSWD). Having does data available is a good thing for researchers; at the same time finding the best data for a given project is not easy at all. Currently they have to look at data documentations in different formats and spread over 25 homepages. Researchers need a single point of access and a structured way to search the available data. Information about datasets, research potential of variables and about how to access data are important in that regard. A reliable and machine-readable standard used by all RDCs would enable the use of software tools that allow researchers to effectively discover the richness of research data available in Germany. The case Germany is only an example for the need for a standard like DDI and it shows that goal of having an effective way to explore the landscape for research data is not yet reached. DDI still must be used by more data providers.

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