DataPLANT participating in the first NFDI consortium assembly

Today the first meeting of the consortium assembly of the NFDI association took place online. In this meeting the nine initial consortia kicked off another integral part of the NFDI governance. A couple of important personnel decisions were made. The Chair (Christoph Steinbeck of NFDI4Chem) and Vice Chair (Dirk von Suchodoletz of DataPLANT) of the Consortium Assembly have been newly established. These two offices were not previously provided for in the articles of the NFDI Association, but were deemed useful by the Consortium Assembly. They are to be defined in the rules of procedure of the body.

The following persons were then elected as experts of the consortium assembly for the scientific senate:

  • Barbara Ebert (NFDI4BioDiversity)
  • Robert Schmitt (NFDI4Ing)
  • Torsten Schrade (NFDI4Culture)
  • Christof Wolf (KonsortSWD)

A key point of the gathering was the discussion of section concepts, especially after the announcement of the new guidelines of base services consortia by the DFG. Based on a joint strategy process, four cross-cutting topics were highly prioritized and working groups submitted a concept for each. These concepts are to be finalized in the coming weeks and then submitted to the Scientific Senate for establishment. We will keep you further informed in this regard in a timely manner on the ongoing process and the consequences for DataPLANT. The next assembly is scheduled for the beginning of next year.

Choosing and deploying a data repository for DataPLANT

A service developer and administrator in DataPLANT Jonathan Bauer from the university of Freiburg gave a presentation on the current state of the deployment of InvenioRDM for the Science Data Center coordination working group on infrastructure. The Invenio repository software is getting production ready and will be deployed as a DataPLANT service for data publication. KeyCloak is providing authentication services and bwSFS ("storage-for-science" in Baden-Württemberg) offering the storage backend (in the form of an object storage). At the moment the service installed as single instance but a Kubernetes cluster installation is envisioned in the long run to serve larger amount of data and users. Authentication in Invenio is possible via OpenID connect and OAuth, it offers built-in ORCID login.


Invenio is evaluated for a while already within the context of BioDATEN project and got chosen for its fitness for the purpose of open data publication. Records in the repository could be individually controlled for data and meta data. An embargo (holding period) can be applied to a record which is not publicly available until the embargo has ended. Special viewing and edit links can be generated and shared. A range of persistent identifiers can be applied, primarily support for the DataCite DOIs. It is possible to specify existing DOIs or mint new ones. Additional related identifiers can also be specified like e.g. ARK, arXiv, handle. The integration with 3rd-party services is exposed through REST APIs. This enables a lot of potential integrations with other services like auto-update profile on new publications, integration with the Science Gateway of BioDATEN for e.g. discovering or the publication of templates. For Github or GitLab webhooks could be used to publish code releases in a fixed version. We hope to publish the ARC specification in its first version on it in the near future.

Election of Dr. Dirk von Suchodoletz as spokesperson of the consortium according to the statutes of NFDI e.V.

We are happy to announce that progress continues to be made regarding the NFDI e.V. As the first consortial assembly will take place at the end of July, we have elected our spokesperson of the DataPLANT consortium on association level last week. We will be represented by Dr. Dirk von Suchodoletz, who also acts as spokesperson for the DFG-funded consortium. Cristina Martins Rodrigues, DataPLANT's project leader, was elected as deputy.

We are already very excited about the further development of the NFDI association and where participation opportunities will arise.

You are interested in participating in the NFDI Association yourself or want to learn more about it. Find more information by following this link: