15 Jun

NFDI4Earth: next online-meeting

For all of you who have not (yet) subscribed to the e-mail list “plenum@lists.nfdi4earth.de” (registration: “Stay tuned”) but are interested in the further development of NFDI4Earth, here are the details of the next meetings.

Dear NFDI4Earth plenum
dear NFDI4Earth Participants,
Ladies and gentlemen,

as already announced, we would like to invite you to an online plenary session on Tuesday, 16 June and alternatively on 17 June 2020 (for all those who are unable to attend on 16 June), from 9.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m., in order to explain and discuss our thoughts on a follow-up proposal, its structure and the possibilities for participation in its content etc. in more detail!

The plenum will be held (on both dates) as a zoom meeting, the corresponding dial-in dates are as follows


NFDI4Earth invites you to a scheduled zoom meeting.

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The events will start on both days at 9.00 a.m., and we will open the meeting room early to approve and welcome everyone or to test the connections!

In the following week we have planned another date for June 24th in order to concretize and sharpen the participation, especially in all planned Task Areas, in virtual “Break Out Sessions”; these are scheduled from 9.00 to 15.00 o’clock!

We would be pleased about an active participation in the planned online plenum as well as in the further application and are of course available for further questions!

With kind regards
Lars Bernard & Jörg Seegert (for NFDI4Earth)

08 Jun

NFDI4Earth: next steps

The NFDI4Earth spokesperson, Lars Bernard, explained the next steps for the NFDI4Earth application in an e-mail yesterday, after the NFDI expert committee of the DFG in May 2020 did not recommend the NFDI4Earth application for funding in the first round of the NFDI programme, but instead called on the consortium to submit a new application for the second round.

The revised proposal must be submitted by 30 September 2020. In order to implement this successfully, the following dates are planned, to which existing and new participants in the consortium are cordially invited.

16 June 2020: Online plenary meeting, 9.00 to 11.00 a.m. (additionally on 17 June 2020 for those who cannot attend on 16 June)

  • the considerations on the new structure of the proposal and possibilities for existing and new participants to participate in the content are explained
  • suggestions, ideas and comments of all participants are discussed
  • the next activities (including the timetable) for the application are outlined

24 and 25 June 2020: Online break-out sessions (time: tba)

  • with the participation of all participants, the “task areas” in particular will be concretised and their content sharpened

from 26 June 2020

  • Writing phase for the revision of the proposal

until 15 August 2020

  • a letter of intent for the resubmission of the proposal will be sent to the DFG

Mr Bernard also calls for current activities in Earth System Science to be made visible as “interest groups” in NFDI4Earth and thus to actively participate in the process towards a lively NFDI4Earth community (for more information see here). If you have any questions, please contact Mr Bernard at info@nfdi4earth.de.

On 8 and 9 July 2020 the DFG will host a virtual NFDI conference of all current NFDI consortia. NFDI4Earth will be represented there by the speaker.

You are also welcome to follow the further developments of NFDI4Earth via e-mail list (registration here).

18 May

Presentations of the DGG Annual Conference 2020 now online

Online as of today: Presentations of the (cancelled) conference of the German Geophysical Society (DGG) 2020. The presentations are available until May 22nd. Also with a contribution of FID GEO: Best practice in research data publication.

FID GEO already showed two posters at the virtual poster exhibition of the DGG annual meeting in early April: How to publish Open Access in the earth sciences and DEAL-contracts with publishers: what´s new for researchers?

06 May

Save the date: online-Fachsession FID GEO and FID Karten

On Wednesday 27 May 2020, 10 – 11 am, the Specialised Information Services for Geosciences (FID GEO) and for Cartography and Geodata (FID Karten) will present their services at the online conference #vBIB20. The programm is online, participation free of charge.

This includes guidance and services for electronic publishing, the digitisation of texts and maps, the publication of research data, advice on the acquisition of basic geodata and maps and the provision of tools for subject-specific literature research.

You will get to know these services better, so to use them for your scientists on site or make them known to your local researchers. Libraries and research data units in academic institutions are important partners for us, therefore we would also like to talk about your own ideas and wishes regarding information infrastructures and topics of your interest.

We particularly welcome librarians, subject specialists and staff from research data units. All other participants are of course equally welcome.


About #vBIB20

The Bibliothekartag 2020 in Hannover had to be cancelled due to the current situation. However, in order to enable training and professional exchange, the Berufsverband Information Bibliothek (BIB) and the TIB – Leibniz-Informationszentrum Technik und Naturwissenschaften und Universitätsbibliothek are organising the #vBIB20 – the virtual conference on libraries, information facilities and everyone who works for them.

30 Apr

EGU General Assembly 2020 online

Sharing Geoscience Online (#shareEGU20) brings part of the activities of the EGU General Assembly 2020 online. From 4 to 8 May 2020 (CEST) everyone can join online for their favourite sessions. Sharing Geoscience Online does not require payment of a registration fee.

The online programme for the week from 4 to 8 May focusses on inter- and transdisciplinary sessions, disciplinary sessions, Union symposia, and great debates (see overview). Short courses and other events will take place in different formats.

Please visit the frequently-updated page on Sharing Geoscience Online with further instructions. To organize your participation, please consider preparing your personal programme.

24 Apr

“Research Data” in the DFG Guidelines for Safeguarding Good Research Practice

The Code of Conduct “Guidelines for Safeguarding Good Research Practice” of the German Science Foundation DFG was updated and significantly expanded in the summer of 2019. The topic of “research data” is newly introduced and strongly anchored in the guidelines. We provide information here on the key points on the topic of “research data” from the guidelines in order to make the expectations toward research institutions and researchers widely known.

As of 1 August 2019, all universities and non-university research institutions will be required to implement the 19 guidelines in a legally binding manner to be eligible to receive DFG funding. For those universities and non-university research institutions that have already implemented the relevant requirements in the DFG white paper “Safeguarding Good Scientific Practice” in a binding manner, there is a two-year transition period for implementing the guidelines in the Code. This period begins on 1 August 2019 and ends on 31 July 2021. 


Excerpts from the DFG Code of Conduct “Guidelines for Safeguarding Good Research Practice”

Guideline 12: Documentation

“Researchers document all information relevant to the production of a research result as clearly as is required by and is appropriate for the relevant subject area to allow the result to be reviewed and assessed. In general, this also includes documenting individual results that do not support the research hypothesis. The selection of results must be avoided. Where subject-specific recommendations exist for review and assessment, researchers create documentation in accordance with these guidelines. If the documentation does not satisfy these requirements, the constraints and the reasons for them are clearly explained. Documentation and research results must not be manipulated; they are protected as effectively as possible against manipulation.”

Explanations on Guideline 12

“An important basis for enabling replication is to make available the information necessary to understand the research (including the research data used or generated, the methodological, evaluation and analytical steps taken, and, if relevant, the development of the hypothesis), to ensure that citations are clear, and, as far as possible, to enable third parties to access this information. Where research software is being developed, the source code is documented.”


Guideline 13: Providing public access to research results

“If it has been decided to make results available in the public domain, researchers describe them clearly and in full. Where possible and reasonable, this includes making the research data, materials and information on which the results are based, as well as the methods and software used, available and fully explaining the work processes. Software programmed by researchers themselves is made publicly available along with the source code. Researchers provide full and correct information about their own preliminary work and that of others.“

Explanations on Guideline 13

“In the interest of transparency and to enable research to be referred to and reused by others, whenever possible researchers make the research data and principal materials on which a publication is based available in recognised archives and repositories in accordance with the FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable). Restrictions may apply to public availability in the case of patent applications. If self-developed research software is to be made available to third parties, an appropriate licence is provided. In line with the principle of “quality over quantity”, researchers avoid splitting research into inappropriately small publications. They limit the repetition of content from publications of which they were (co-)authors to that which is necessary to enable the reader to understand the context. They cite results previously made publicly available unless, in exceptional cases, this is deemed unnecessary by the general conventions of the discipline.

21 Apr

FID GEO´s new E-mail Newsletter

With a focus on the geosciences, FID GEO regularly publishes news on the electronic publishing of research data, texts and maps on its website. Digitisation and Open Science are further topics.

You can now easily receive these news by e-mail: register here.

Who should register:

  • Information professionals at research institutions: Librarians, subject specialists, research data management staff
  • Scientists from the earth sciences and related disciplines
  • Geoscientific societies
14 Apr

Open Data Impact Award

Interesting for geoscientists too: The Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft e.V. has announced an Open Data Impact Award to strengthen Open Data in science.

What the award offers:

  • A total of 30,000 euros in funding, distributed among three award winners
  • Visibility for award winners and for the topic, public relations, portrait of the award winners by the media partner DUZ

Applications are open to: scientists (or research groups) of all disciplines at universities or non-university research institutions based in Germany who have made their research data available and who have enabled and developed innovative re-use outside the scientific community or who demonstrate the potential for social impact in the re-use of their data.

The application deadline for all submissions is 30 June 2020.
More information: Call for proposals and application.