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NFDI4Culture LogoSince October 2020, has been part of the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) funded by the German Research Foundation. The NFDI4Culture consortium is responsible for research data on tangible and intangible cultural assets. Its Task Area 4 „Data publication and data availability“ is jointly managed by Heidelberg University Library and SLUB Dresden as co-Applicants. In addition, there is close cooperation with FIZ Karlsruhe as an expert and service provider in the field of sustainable information infrastructure.

The specialist information services, with their long-standing close relationships in the specialist community, are strong partners in the sustainable development of the services geared to the specialist communities, which are to be established within the framework of NFDI4Culture.

A central point is the establishment of an expert forum for "data publication and data archiving". With a focus on complex data types, the forum aims to ensure the active participation of the user community and professional associations, the needs-based orientation of the planned measures and networking within NFDI4Culture. Furthermore, the establishment of an advisory agency is planned, which will support both researchers and infrastructure providers in the publication of complex data types in compliance with the FAIR principles. Other proposed measures include the provision of subject-specific and reusable reference implementations of research data repositories and the integration of relevant publication and LTA services into the NFDI4Culture infrastructure. The goal is to adapt all relevant services to the minimum requirements regarding relevant standards and interoperability in close cooperation with their operators.

Fields of action of Task Area 4 „Data publication and data availability“

Forum „Data publication and data archiving“ (M1)

  • Establishment and operation of the forum: Conduct surveys to evaluate services and obtain expert knowledge, and organise workshops to develop new measures and features.

Advisory agency for data publication and data archiving (M2)

  • Establishment and operation of an advisory agency: Specialist advisory service for researchers in all phases of the publication process and on questions of long-term archiving (LTA) of research data; development of handouts.

Ensuring the availability of central publication and long-term archiving services for NFDI4Culture (M3)

  • Conduct gap analyses, develop a needs-based catalogue of requirements, and identify appropriate publishing tools and services.
  • Provide reusable reference implementations for key data management and publication services, with a particular focus on interoperability and the use of controlled vocabularies.
  • Certification of publication and LTA services, CoreTrustSeal certification for central repositories

Elaboration of LTA procedures and development of needs-based business and operating models (M4)

  • Development of procedures for LTA of complex data types on a national and international level and development of prototypical implementations for multimedia, networked and versioned publications, 3D objects and annotated A/V materials
  • Development of demand-oriented business models and elaboration of operating and cost models with the aim of a uniform calculation basis for the provision of subject-specific LTA services.
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