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.

Positive vote of the reviewer panel to the DataPLANT application

Yesterday, on 18 May, the announced decision of the NFDI Selection Committee’s panel of experts reached us. In this decision, which has yet to be confirmed by the GWK on June 26, DataPLANT was recommended for funding along with eight other consortia. We are pleased that we have been able to successfully follow our vision for RDM in fundamental plant research together with you and hope that we will master the last mile as well. Further feedback on the grant application is announced for August at the latest. As nine consortia are recommended to be funded in this round instead of the seven originally announced, it cannot yet be said whether this will have an impact on the planned budget. The planning will be accordingly cautious.

The NFDI expert panel’s advice is based in particular on the results of the evaluation and the applicant’s comments on the evaluation results. In order to be able to adequately evaluate the applications reviewed in seven expert colloquia, the NFDI expert panel also paid special attention to the framework conditions for setting up the NFDI in a scientifically guided procedure.

As a result of its selection process, the NFDI Expert Panel recommends the following nine consortia from the first round of calls for proposals to the Joint Science Conference (GWK) for funding: NFDI4Ing, NFDI4Health, NFDI4Biodiversity, NFDI4Culture, KonsortSWD, GHGA, NFDI4Cat, NFDI4Chem, and DataPLANT. A total of 22 consortia took part in the first round, with two further rounds to follow this year and next year. A total of up to 30 consortia are to be funded in the full development stage, with approximately 70 million euros available for direct project costs.

In the meantime, this provisional website has been set up to promote the information of the community about our consortium and ongoing activities. Additionally, we have set up a Twitter account “@nfdi4plants” to tweet about upcoming events and activities. For the time being we continue to use the mailing list we set up and subscribed all participants as a classic information channel. At the same time, we have entered into “cross-cutting activities” and are participating, for example, in the exchange on metadata in the NFDI at an event scheduled for the beginning of July.