Göttingen eResearch Alliance about eResearch related questions and Data Management issues

Learning from each other The Göttingen eResearch Alliance is an initiative of the University of Göttingen to assist all researchers on the Göttingen Campus (GC) with eResearch related questions and Data Management issues.

As a central point of contact for researchers, research associations and faculties the eResearch Alliance represents the University's joint forces of the central infrastructure providers, the Göttingen State and University Library (SUB) and the Göttingen University's Computing and IT Competence Centre (GWDG).


Why manage & share your data?  MIT Libraries:

eResearch UCT eResearch:

"is 21st-century discovery through the application of advanced computing and information and communication technologiesThese technology-enabled research practices have become a game changer in the pace and depth of research discoveries -  so much so that gaps are already beginning to appear between those institutions with a clear strategy for effective eResearch support and those that don’t.

In the age of big data and large-scale international collaboration researchers require dedicated, specialist IT support. Without which they risk diverting time and resources into the development and maintenance of potentially substandard or inefficient solutions, or just taking much more time to do meaningful analysis". 

The Göttingen eResearch Alliance understands eResearch as enhanced research, which to us means an optimized usage of digital technologies and methods for innovative research

# eResearch FAQ

eResearch technologies enable researchers to create and collect, analyse, preserve and publish digital research data, and to work collaboratively in virtual teams that cross disciplinary, institutional and national borders by using Virtual Research Environments (VREs).

This ongoing technological change is fundamentally transforming the way researchers work across all scientific fields. Visualisation techniques that enhance the interpretation and presentation of data for example are especially of interest for analysing very large data sets or complex data.

Explore the proposed eResearch Basics on key topics to be taken into account when working with data:

Research Life Cycle

Ideas: - Project proposal support - Data management planning - Expert network

Research: - ICT services - Visualisation & Exploration - Data strategy implementation

Open Access and Open Data

Open Access to publications and research data enables (re)use and application of research results, increases impact and enables critical evaluation. Research funders and institutions world-wide acknowledge that Open Access to research findings improves the transfer of knowledge and promotes collaboration and innovation.

Scientific Visualisation

Creating a scientific visualisation can be an important step in the research process. It means to explore, analyse and represent research data. As the amount of research data has enormously increased during the last decades, the difficulty to understand research results by direct inspection grows more and more. 

Research Data Management 

should be recognised as arrangements which ensure the usability of research data. The research data policy of the University of Göttingen puts it like this “Management of research data includes their planning, collection, processing, and preservation. It ensures the access to, and the reuse, reproducibility, and quality assurance of all research data underpinning research results.” 

A good method to address all relevant aspects related to the management of research data is to use a checklist or to write a data management plan (DMP). Such a plan is not only an essential first step to take at the pre-project stage, it can also be very useful to refer to and adapt throughout the project [an increasing number of funders require new research proposals with research data to be accompanied by a DMP]. 

Funders' Requirements

Data Management Planning 

Backup and Archiving 

Explain your data : Metadata 

Share Your Data: Data and Publication Repositories

Cite your Data: Persistent Identifier

DMPs are meant to encourage researchers to reflect on the lifecycle of their data before starting out on their project. If the data have already been published, they should be made available in non-commercial, digital databases along with the metadata.

The preparation of a Research Data Management Plan (RDMP) serves a number of purposes:

  • increasing research integrity;
  • complying with funders’ requirements and with the instituion’s data policy;
  • on top of that, it supports the reasonable handling of research data, because it requires you to actively reflect and structure your data management and how it applies to your project right from the start;
  • while it may seem as if a RDMP creates extra workload it can help you to save time and nerves in time-critical situations during the projects runtime.

Educational Material

Free online course : Research Data Management and Sharing 

# Example Slides provided by the Göttingen eResearch Alliance on research data management: Presentation (90 minutes) - Workshop (1 day)

MANTRA: MANTRA is a free online course for those who manage digital data as part of their research project. It is providet by EDiNA and based at the University of Edinburgh

Related content: 

Research Data Management or: How to love your data (Göttingen eResearch)