About GeRDI

Our Vision

Multidisciplinary and FAIR research data management principles are widely accepted. The common application of these principles result in great benefits for research, industry, society and our environment.

Our Mission

GeRDI will provide generic, sustainable and open software connecting research data repositories to enable multidisciplinary and FAIR research data management. This software will be based on common standards and be developed in close collaboration with various research communities to ensure a best match to the requirements of different disciplines. GeRDI will promote a wide usage of its software and thus contribute to establishing of an active GeRDI community which will continue to flourish beyond the life span of the project. All project results, in particular software, training support and business model, will form a German contribution to the European Open Science Cloud.

Project Description

The GeRDI project deals with the development of a Generic Research Data Infrastructure (GeRDI). The aim is to enable all scientists in Germany, especially those who hold only small amounts of data, to store, share and re-use research data across disciplines.

In a first phase three pilot data centers supporting the management of research data will be linked up with each other so that research data can be used across disciplinary boundaries, enabling new opportunities for multi-disciplinary research.

In a second phase, the developed solution can be rolled-out in Germany and – if appropriate funding will be available – serve as a model for a future German Research Data Infrastructure. In particular, GeRDI will be able to support universities and research institutes in providing research data, in linking up their existing data stores and in establishing new research data stores.

GeRDI pursues the idea of the European Open Science Cloud, supplementing current efforts to implement infrastructures for research data management and taking them a step further:

The project starts in November 2016 and runs three years. It is funded by the DFG with about 3 Mio euros.

Find the GeRDI Project Application (in German) here.