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Research Data Management

Welcome to our Research Data Management (RDM) page, your go-to resource for navigating the world of effective data handling within SFB/TRR219. We're here to break down the essentials, keep you in the loop with RDM-related events, and share informative newsletters.

Find a detailed list of RDM activities HERE

Bottom-Up Initiatives to Improve RDM


Research Data Management in DFG applications

This hybrid workshop will take place at the Cardiology Conference Room (level 3, corridor C, room 2) on September 16th from 12:00 to 14:00 and will offer vital insights and practical guidance on integrating FDM into project proposals, addressing any questions or concerns to ensure thorough understanding.


At our annual SFB meeting, postdocs, PhDs, and MDs collaborated in a workshop to adapt RDM training to lab work and create a standardized SOP. This initiative aims to improve data handling and align with the FAIR principles.


Regular bi-weelky meetings were established to offer support to scientists, providing them with a opportunity to address not only general RDM concerns but also specific challenges encountered in day-to-day research activities.


RDM Guidelines

We are collaborating with the postdocs to write RDM Guidelines for the consortium, aiming to improve data management and ensure best practices, including standardizing naming and data structures.


Explore our monthly newsletters, delving into diverse topics on effective research data management tailored to UKA and RWTH standards. Each edition will be unveiled on the last day of the month.


This presentation will provide valuable insights into how Coscine can streamline your research data management processes and boost the overall quality and impact of your work.


Three eLabJournal seminars were conducted, each lasting 90 minutes, both in online and in-person formats at UKA Aachen. These seminars attracted a diverse audience of researchers who aimed to enhance their proficiency in handling and using ELNs.

Additional RDM Achievements


Data Management Plans (DMPs) are essential tools in research projects, ensuring data organization, preservation, and promoting transparency. A generic template developed by Data Steward Kseniia Dukkart was created for SFB/TRR219, what facilitated the creation of tailored DMPs.


An eLN called eLabJournal was established to replace the traditional pen and paper notekeeping. It holds research data linked to the respective experiments. The eLN system allows documentation in a project rather than person-oriented manner, i.e., projects can be developed and documented by multiple scientists working together. 


Support for data archiving within SFB/TRR219 was provided, ensuring that data generated within the project are securely stored for a minimum of ten years in suitable archives. For the archiving purposes Coscine platform was used.

Collaborative RWTH Events opened to SFB/TRR219


Members of SFB/TRR219 are invited to participate in Love Data Week! Running from February 12 to 16, 2024, this week-long celebration will feature a series of engaging events hosted both at RWTH and across Germany. Join us in exploring the significance of research data, sharing best practices, and fostering a community dedicated to responsible data management.


Mandatory course, developed by RWTH, is obligatory for PhD students and postdocs as part of their RDM training. It includes crucial aspects of RDM, including good research practice, FAIR data principles, creation of RDM plans, data security, and data publication among other key topics.


Members of SFB/TRR219 were invited to Research Data Day held at RWTH Aachen. This event featured lectures on the intersection of RDM and Artificial Intelligence, poster presentations, and opportunities for networking. The event also highlighted Coscine platform, a valuable tool used by many researchers within SFB/TRR219.


“Metadata Basics and Creating Application Profiles for Coscine”

Workshop held on November 29th, 2023. This event helps participants understand the basic concepts of metadata in application profiles. Participants learn how to create their own application profile using the application profile generator in Coscine and utilize Coscine effectively for documenting research data.


“Automating (Meta)Data Transfer to Coscine”

Workshop held on December 6th, 2023, focused on the enhancing participants’ understanding of the Coscine Python SDK and automating data workflows. Participants gained valuable insights that enable them to apply and extend the knowledge to create and automate their own research data management solutions.

If you have any questions about research data management feel free to contact me:
Data Steward
Dr. Kseniia Dukkart
IT Center @RWTH Aachen University
Tel.: +49 241 80-24769
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