EDDI Conference System, EDDI16 – 8th Annual European DDI User Conference

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Funding, Policies, Community Building - Data Sharing from a Funders Perspective
Stefan Winkler-Nees

Last modified: 2016-09-27


The German Research Foundation (DFG) funds projects for basic research in all disciplines. Since the late 90s, data produced in these projects were already in focus to ensure reproducibility and to verify the scientific results achieved. However, the aspect of re-use of research data in future projects, potentially targeting also interdisciplinary topics, reached greater importance over time. Therefore, DFG implemented funding opportunities for projects to develop and implement infrastructures and information systems for research data. One basic condition for these projects is to consider discipline specific requirements the intended information service needs to meet – in other words, to follow a “response mode”. Consequently, infrastructure projects should involve professional information management, IT expertise and researchers, who help to define these requirements. Overall objective is to reach an infrastructure ecosystem, which allows “…researchers in all disciplines [to] access all research data quickly and easily in a straightforward process in order to carry out research at the highest level and produce excellent results.” (Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany, 2015).

The presentation will focus on DFGs approaches and strategies, including funding mechanisms, policy development and community building, in order to support research data sharing.

Dr. Stefan Winkler-Nees is marine geologist. He studied in Munich and Kiel and worked as paleo-climate scientist in a number of research projects in Europe and Australia. In 2001, he joined a software company as consultant and account manager. Since 2007, he works for the German Research Foundation (DFG). First, he was responsible for the German contribution to the global Ocean Drilling Project. Today, he is programme director at the Department of Scientific Library Services and Information Systems. His task is to develop and to run funding programmes to develop and to implement research data information systems. He is active in national and international networks of funding agencies, research organisations and information infrastructures initiatives.

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