DataPLANT participated in the 2nd NFDI conference

DataPLANT - a NFDI initiative focused on fundamental plant research - participated in the NFDI Conference 2020 held on 8th and 9th July 2020 online. DataPLANT was presented beside all the other consortia proposed for funding or in the planning stage. The abstracts (DataPLANT abstract) contain an overview on the consortium and the scientific communities addressed as well as information on the focus, user needs and objectives of the (planned) consortium. In addition to contributions from the GWK, the DFG and the NFDI board of directors, the abstracts presented the current state of discussion, planning and development.

The conference aimed at three objectives: Information provided by the DFG on the concept and the overarching goals of the NFDI, as well as on the key points of the proposal submission for the second and third rounds; networking among the consortia proposed and planned for funding; and presentation of the head of the newly founded NFDI Directorate, Professor Dr. York Sure-Vetter. In the future, the Directorate will support the self-organisation and networking of the consortia on cross-consortium services, on subject-related or data-like offerings and on other challenges.

DataPLANT's funding got granted by the GWK / Kick-Off in Progress

DataPLANT has been informed that the Joint Science Conference (GWK) has followed the recommendation of the NFDI Expert Panel and today decided to support the [NFDI 7/1 DataPLANT] proposal (press release of the GWK). Furthermore, it was informed that the GWK has not yet made a final decision on the amount of funding to be granted per consortium. This decision will be taken on the basis of a consultation of the NFDI expert panel, which will take place on 9 July. An official notification from the University of Freiburg as consortium leader in DataPLANT is also available. In parallel to the ongoing planning for the project kick-off, DataPLANT has entered into coordination with the NFDI directorate and exchange with the other funded consortia on consortium agreement, recruitment and cross-cutting topics. Further on DataPLANT participates in the joint NFDI workshop on meta data.

DataPLANT signs the "Leipzig-Berlin-Erklärung zu NFDI-Querschnittsthemen der Infrastrukturentwicklung"

DataPLANT is a co-signatory of the “Leipzig-Berlin Declaration on NFDI Cross-Sectional Issues in Infrastructure Development” and regards this joint document as the basis for the necessary mutual coordination based on sustainable processes and structures. For example, topics that are relevant to several expert consortia are to be worked on cooperatively and across individual consortia in the interests of sustainable interoperability. Further questions from the areas of infrastructure, integration of service providers and sustainable financing are to be discussed as well. In addition, legal issues relating to the preservation, sharing and re-use of digital objects are of relevance to all consortia. Therefore, key issues concerning licences, the handling of sensitive data, IT law, data protection and confidentiality of data should be addressed for the whole NFDI.

A central challenge for all consortia is the sustainable long-term access to research data. This includes topics such as data provenance and sovereignty of data, sustainability and security of data, tools and services, as well as persistent identifiers (e.g. DOIs or ePICs) and the certification of data repositories and archives. This includes in particular the securing of technical access and productive subsequent use options for the original research and creation context (re-use). Suitable measures for the management of research software must also be agreed. This includes the operation of development and archiving repositories, the management of metadata for referencing and citation, and the standardized description of software code.