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Research Data Management and Open Access

The BUA funds structural projects that (further) develop tools and services to facilitate access to research data and publications. Existing infrastructures are to be linked and best practice examples developed. Employees of the four partner institutions collaborate to achieve this goal in the following projects.

The project A Digital Network for University Collections explores the basis for a sustainable collection infrastructure within the four partner institutions and develops a recommendation for its sustainable design. A comprehensive digital infrastructure of the approximately 90 collections will support their usability and visibility, as well as enable their research. The project is led by Dr. Yong-Mi Rauch (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Dr. Andreas Brandtner (Freie Universität Berlin), and Prof. Dr. Schnalke (Charité -– Universitätsmedizin Berlin).

The project A Digital Research Space for the Berlin University Alliance (PILOT) aims to create a portal for services related to electronic research data from all the participating BUA partners and to include it in the portfolio of university libraries. Further portal functionalities for researchers are planned, in particular access to the BUA's digital resources and a digital research environment for designing data-driven research. Prof. Dr. Claudia Müller-Birn (Freie Universität Berlin) and Dr. Sonja Schimmler (Technische Universität Berlin) are heading the project.

The goal of the project Concept Development for Collaborative Research Data Management Services is to further strengthen services related to research data management (RDM) within the BUA. The focus is on the sustainable development of competencies and expertise in the field of research data management for researchers and multipliers. At the end of the two-year project, there will be, among other things, a central BUA RDM informational website and a strategy development on research data management coordinated within the BUA. The project is led by Sibylle Söring of Freie Universität Berlin.

The Project “COVID-19 and Transport (Berlin Mobility Data Hub)” aims to jointly implement a monitoring center for the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on transportation, mobility, and logistics in the German capital. Prof. Dr. Natalia Kliewer (Freie Universität Berlin) and Prof. Dr. Hans-Liudger Dienel (Technische Universität Berlin) are heading the project.

The objective of the Distributed Network for Publishing Services project is the cooperative development of consulting and services for scientific publishing, as well as the expansion of interlinked open access publishing infrastructures based on distributed competencies of the BUA partners. With the realization of the network, transparency for publication processes will be established, legal certainty will be created, the visibility of quality-assured publications will be increased, and the bibliometric classification of published research results will be made possible. Dr. Andreas Brandtner (Freie Universität Berlin), Prof. Dr. Andreas Degkwitz (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Jürgen Christof (Technische Universität Berlin), and Ursula Flitner (Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin) are leading the project.

To ensure that resources in laboratories can be used in the best possible way, the Laboratory Know-How as a Shared Resource project has set itself the goal of developing a joint management of the laboratories. In the case of thematically related research objectives, it makes sense to bundle resources for reasons of efficiency. In order to avoid loss of knowledge due to staff changes, for example, the project records and catalogs inventories and offers laboratory trainings. The project is led by Prof. Dr. Pia Knoeferle (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and Prof. Fabian Klostermann (Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin).

Using the VIVO open source software, the project Research Information Platform with VIVO will submit a federated research information platform (FIP) to the BUA. Internally, the emerging platform will serve to facilitate better, easier search, presentation, and interdisciplinary networking of researchers and their work and topics, as well as to manage and analyze research information. Externally, the platform serves science communication and knowledge transfer with its transparent, structured presentation. The project is led by Malte Dreyer (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin).