Report on the Digital Summer School 2020 (mini) on Research Data Management at the University Library of Hildesheim (Research, University of Hildesheim Foundation).

On Wednesday, July 8th, the ONLINE event – Digital Summer School 2020 on research data management of the University of Hildesheim Foundation took place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and was aimed at researchers from all departments and institutes of the University of Hildesheim Foundation. More than 150 interested researchers as well as people from the FDM community (libraries, data centers, data protection officers, etc.) participated via BigBlueButton.

Since March 2018, the service-oriented services of the University Library have focused on all researchers and employees of the university.

The Digital Summer School 2020 on research data management at the University Library of Hildesheim (Research, University of Hildesheim Foundation) was about how we can improve the usability of research data in order to advance science sustainably. Good Practices‘ and ‚Lessons Learned‘ from KIT were presented.

While the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) continues to be established so that research data can become scientifically broadly usable data treasures with added value for society, the consortia, for example, are now working on the subject-specific maintenance of central data and knowledge stocks (such as standards data, taxonomies, or thesauri) and their homogenization for linking to data in central repositories. This was also a topic of the Summer School in short form.

Guest speakers were Director Prof. Dr. Bernhard Weisser, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz. Coin Cabinet. NFDI4 Objects: „Cross-collection cooperation in numismatics. The standards data portal and new perspectives with NFDI4 Objects“.

Dr. Claudia Kramer, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Deputy Head of Research Services (Science Management), reported with her lecture „Research Data Management at KIT“ how a team of IT specialists, librarians, scientists, and other experts work together in the RDM Service Team and support researchers in all stages of the research process with FAIR data management. The services offered include the tool Research Data Management Organizer RDMO, the repository directory re3data, and the information platform In addition to supporting local projects at KIT, the service team is also a partner in establishing RDM structures in the state (E-Science initiative, nationwide (NFDI) and EOSC in the global context.

The aim is always to develop „use cases“ and establish best practice examples of how „responsible“ research can succeed in the context of good scientific practice.

Next year, in summer 2021, another Summer School on research data management is planned.

Jens Kloppmann and Charlotte Kastner presented ‚easydb‘. The software is a flexible web framework for building arbitrary object, metadata and media repositories and managing research data. easydb is offered at many university libraries as a central service to map different data structures in one or more instances.