, Volume 108, Issue 1, pp 401–412

The Research Core Dataset for the German science system: developing standards for an integrated management of research information


DOI: 10.1007/s11192-016-1909-2

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Biesenbender, S. & Hornbostel, S. Scientometrics (2016) 108: 401. doi:10.1007/s11192-016-1909-2


The paper summarizes the results of the recently completed project to derive a Research Core Dataset (RCD) for the German science system. It describes the basic principles and the architecture of the specification by introducing its main components and elements and by depicting the provisions with regard to aggregate and base data. In this context, the paper also explains the peculiarities of the German science system and the need for standardization given institutional heterogeneity and highly fragmented institutional reporting activities. The paper concludes with a short outlook on the potential chances and risks of the RCD to promote data integration and efficiency in reporting by research institutions in Germany.


Comparability Data integration Data quality Standardization 

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© Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW)BerlinGermany

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