May 24, 2018
Data volumes are becoming ever more extensive and complex; they are heterogeneous and widely dispersed: "big data" is also an important topic for the environmental sciences. The German Federation for Biological Data (GFBio), a project funded by the German Research Foundation and involving Jacobs University Bremen, aims to improve the management of research data. The goal is to make the data usable in the long term and thus strengthen science and the exchange of information among scientists.
Ever more data is accumulating, not only in astronomy and physics, but also in environmental research and biology, climate change research being a case in point. On the one hand, raw data is generated during the research process itself and, on the other hand, metadata that describes under which conditions and with which methods the research data was generated.
Data from publicly financed research should be widely and freely accessible, but in fact hat is only partially the case. This is where the GFBio project comes in. 19 partners from throughout Germany participate in the project, including universities, museums, and molecular-biological archives. The project participants are committed to the principles of "FAIR Data". In this context, FAIR stands for “Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Re-usable”.