KonsortSWD and NFDI
The Consortium for the Social, Behavioral, Educational, and Economic Sciences (KonsortSWD) is one of nine founding consortia of the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI). It took up its work in October 2020 for an initial period of five years. The NFDI is designed to systematically and sustainably index, network and provide data resources for the entire German science system. Since the requirements for information infrastructures and their current state vary depending on the knowledge disciplines, funding from the federal and state governments is awarded to individual consortia in which scientists join together according to subject area. In this context, KonsortSWD represents the association of social, behavioral, educational and economic sciences.
Themed "Good data. Better research!", KonsortSWD has set itself the goal of strengthening, expanding and deepening the existing data infrastructure for researching society. Taking into account the needs of the scientific community and the relevant professional societies, the data infrastructure should be designed to be transparent, service-oriented, and user-oriented. Accordingly, KonsortSWD's research data management (RDM) strategy is designed to support researchers and research data centers, both technically and in terms of content, in the management and re-use of sensitive and non-sensitive data in accordance with FAIR principles. In addition to sustainable RDM throughout the lifecycle of research data, this also includes ensuring user-friendly data access while taking ethical and legal aspects into account.
The social, behavioral, educational, and economic sciences open up diverse perspectives and develop essential approaches to finding answers to current societal challenges. The disciplines involved in KonsortSWD work with different types of research data, which are often considered particularly sensitive due to legal or ethical restrictions and in some cases were not originally collected for scientific purposes. One of the tasks of KonsortSWD is to expand the reuse potential of these data and to assist researchers in implementing a suitable RDM plan in their projects. To this end, the institutions participating in KonsortSWD contribute their experience in operating use-oriented research data infrastructures to the NFDI. For example, KonsortSWD builds on a growing network of research data centers (RDCs) that are represented on the Committee for Data Access (FDI Committee). In addition, KonsortSWD ties directly into the work of the German Data Forum (RatSWD) and will work with the RatSWD to strategically develop and expand relevant services as part of the NFDI.
The tasks of KonsortSWD are divided into four Task Areas (TA) and are implemented by a variety of participating institutions. Task Areas are subdivided into the following areas: (1) user engagement, (2) data access, (3) data production, and (4) technical solutions. Each task area comprises several measures (subprojects) that contribute to the achievement of the goals.
LIfBi is responsible for Task Area 2 "Data Access". Prof. Christian Aßmann represents this Task Area as co-spokesperson in the steering committees of KonsortSWD. An essential element in this area is the coordination of the FDI Committee, in which all RDCs accredited by the RatSWD are represented. The LIfBi Research Data Center (RDC LIfBi) is also a member of the FDI Committee, which meets twice a year. With Dr. Daniel Fuß, the FDZ-LIfBi also provides one of the two chairpersons of the committee. Furthermore, LIfBi is in charge of the measures TA2.5 "Forum"; and TA2.6 "Grants"; as well as TA3.4 "Coding" and participates as a cooperation partner in the implementation of further measures within KonsortSWD.