Infrastructure for Research Data Management as a Cross-University Project

  • Thomas EifertEmail author
  • Ulrich Schilling
  • Hans-Jörg Bauer
  • Florian Krämer
  • Ania Lopez
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10274)


Research Data Management (RDM) receives more and more attention as a core component of scientific work. This importance equally stems from the scientific work with ever-increasing amounts of data, the value of this data for subsequent use, and the formal requirements of funding agencies. While these requirements are widely accepted among the research communities in general, the individual acceptance depends on many factors. In particular, we found that the ratio between the benefits achieved by RDM and the burdens imposed is not equal among the different roles that participate in the scientific process. In consequence, we analyse how we can optimize this ratio by different factors. Despite these different factors, common to all solutions is the demand for accessible and persistent storage that suits the particular needs imposed by RDM. At the Universities of Aachen, Bochum, Dortmund, Duisburg-Essen, and Cologne, we started a joint project to build up a distributed storage infrastructure dedicated to the needs of RDM and to address some of the acceptance factors.


Research data management Collaboration Extended domain model 



A joint project group of our universities has carried out the depicted work. Our thanks go to J. Kather, B. Magrean, M. Politze, R. Reinecke, and M.S. Müller for the many fruitful discussions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Eifert
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ulrich Schilling
    • 2
  • Hans-Jörg Bauer
    • 3
  • Florian Krämer
    • 1
  • Ania Lopez
    • 4
  1. 1.IT CenterRWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany
  2. 2.Centre for Information and Media ServicesUniversity of Duisburg-EssenEssenGermany
  3. 3.Regional Computing CentreUniversity of CologneCologneGermany
  4. 4.University LibraryUniversity of Duisburg-EssenEssenGermany

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