Hessian Research Data Infrastructure

The amount of digital research data is constantly increasing. A modern infrastructure is needed
for digital research data management (RDM) in the sense of good scientific practice. There is currently a lack of sustainable handling of research data, as research data management is often not yet fully developed. The project aims to create awareness for goal-oriented working methods in times of digitalization. Guidelines are intended to simplify research data management.


Project information

  • Introduction of guidelines for handling research data
  • Development of Training and consulting services
  • Advice on data strategy and data management plans
  • Implementation of solutions for interdisciplinary research data repositories
  • Advice on active data management (tools, versioning, licensing)
  • Networking with other state initiatives and NFDI
  • Development of an overall concept for the sustainable development of
    research data management
  • Cross-university networking among the research data officers

General activities

  • Survey of researchers on the status of and requirements for RDM
  • Adoption of a guideline on the handling of research data
  • Establishment of cross-location cooperation in the HeFDI-network
  • Regular meetings / workshops of the project participants
  • Creation and publication of concepts
  • Implementation of required services & tools using the network structures
  • Support for HeFDI Data School planning
  • Support for the creation of the HeFDI newsletter


  • Advice on applications
  • Advice on RDM in scientific papers
  • Provision of technical solutions


  • "Introduction to research data management" (Stephanie Werner)
  • "Open Science 101" (Stephanie Werner)

Connection to teaching

  • Project seminar on data and information management in the summer semester 2020 in the
    Information Science degree program
  • Adoption of the principles for handling research data at h_da
  • Conducting a survey among professors at h_da and publishing the results
  • Cooperation with the ULB Darmstadt for the joint use of infrastructure
  • Participation in NFDI consortia
  • Collaboration in the "ELN-Finder" project to set up a database for electronic
    lab notebooks
  • Digital event planning
  • HeFDI Data School
  • HeFDI Code School
  • HeFDI Data Talks
  • Joint application: GesundFDM


Status: ongoing

Funding body: Hessian Ministry of Science and the Arts (HMWK)

Project management: Prof. Dr. Stefan Schmunk and Andreas Schieberle

Coordination: Philipps University Marburg

Further project partners:

Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Goethe University Frankfurt, Fulda University of Applied Sciences, RheinMain University of Applied Sciences, Hochschule Geisenheim University, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen, Darmstadt University of Technology, University of Kassel

Project information

Duration: 01.01.2016 - 31.12.2020

Project leadership: Prof. Dr. Stefan Schmunk and Andreas Schieberle