24 Jan

NFDI Consortium „Earth System Research”

As part of the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) Initiative of the Federal Council for Information Infrastructures (RfII), the NFDI4Earth community has been formed to meet the needs of Earth system research in the networking and harmonization of infrastructures, archives and services.

The envisioned NFDI Consortium “Earth System Research” (NFDI4Earth) forms the basis for identifying and articulating the needs of the community, linking existing infrastructures and managing and integrating new developments. At the same time, the consortium aims to jointly moderate and facilitate the cultural change due to the increasing digitization of research.

The first NFDI4Earth plenary meeting took place on 19.12.2018 at the German Climate Computing Center (DKRZ) in Hamburg. The task was to indentify the key aspects and the main thrust of the future NFDI4Earth Consortium.

The most important result of the NFDI4Earth plenary meeting was the creation of 5 working groups, which will elaborate the structure and content of the application for an NDFI consortium until the 2nd NFDI4Earth plenary meeting on 21.2.2019 in Potsdam. In all, more than 40 colleagues from all the institutions represented at the workshop agreed to participate in the work in the individual working groups. The documentation of the NFDI4Earth plenary meeting is now available online.

11 Jan

Nature supports the Enabling FAIR Data initiative

From January 2019, the Journals Nature and Scientific Data will require that authors of papers in Earth sciences (and related space and environmental science fields) make supporting data available to others through community repositories where available. To support authors and incentivize data sharing, standardized research-data policies and the Research Data Helpdesk, which provides free advice on research-data policies and data repositories, are in place now. Read more about it here.

Publishers, geoscience societies/communities, datacenters support open and FAIR data

The requirement for data publishing is one of the commitments for publishers which are outlined in the Commitment Statement in the Earth, Space and Environmental Sciences that was signed now by Nature and Scientific Data. The statement was prepared by the ‘Enabling FAIR Data initiative in the Earth, space and environmental sciences’, a community-driven initiative that brings together a network of stakeholders who, through advocacy, policies, infrastructure and services to support data sharing, are working together to facilitate a shift towards open data becoming the default in the Earth sciences. Have a look at all signatories of the Commitment Statement.