External Networks

The AK FDM (German only)  is a group of research data officers from the nine university libraries and computer centres in Baden-Württemberg. The members regularly discuss general RDM trends and developments at their institutions. Possible topics include concrete implementation, best practice examples or potential implementation problems.


The KIT library is responsible for the operation of re3data, a DataCite partner service,  and develops this service further jointly with partners in a working group and an international editorial board. Aside from this, KIT is a direct member of DataCite and uses the services offered for DOI assignments, among other things.


Founded in 2014, the joint research data working group (German only) of DINI e.V. and nestor aims to support the interdisciplinary and cross-institutional exchange of experience and the coordination of activities related to research data and research data management in German-speaking area. The aim is to collect and disseminate the knowledge of experienced disciplines and institutions in research data management in order to support especially so called small sciences and smaller infrastructure facilities. The working group cooperates locally, nationally and internationally as well as discipline-specific and interdisciplinary with other initiatives to advance research data management in Germany in a coordinated manner.


The higher education alliance EPICUR (European Partnership for an Innovative Campus Uniting Regions) is an association between several European universities and promotes innovation, diversity and mobility in higher education as well as interdisciplinary cooperation and addressing complex global challenges. KIT is a founding member of EPICUR.


The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) is the European web of FAIR data and related services for research. Its aims to support all European researchers. To ensure the implementation of EOSC, priorities were defined according to the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA). EOSC is represented by the EOSC Association, which is a legal entity cooperating with the European Commission. KIT is one of the members of the EOSC Association.


FIZ Karlsruhe and members of the service team regularly exchange experiences on the development and operation of research data infrastructures, especially in legal matters. 


The information portal forschungsdaten.info provides an introduction and overview of the various areas of research data management and is aimed directly at scientists. The website was developed in cooperation with the University of Heidelberg, the University of Constance, the University of Tübingen and the University of Hohenheim as part of the project bwFDM-Info.


In 2004, the General Assembly of the Helmholtz-Association passed a resolution regarding the implementation  of the "Berlin Declaration" in the Helmholtz Association.
It says:
"Publications from the Helmholtz Asscociation shall infuture, without exception, be available free of charge, as far as no conflicting agreement with publishers or others exists."
This decision forms the basis of the Helmholtz Association's open science activities. An Open Access Policy ensures that publications produced in publicly funded projects are made freely accessible to the public via the internet. Since 2005, the Helmholtz Open Science Coordination Office supports scientists and their respecitve Helmholtz centers in the implementation of open science. The Coordination Office is managed by the Helmholtz Association's Open Science Working Group.
The Coordination Office has now extended its Open Science activities to include research data, for example in the Task Group Research Software.


LIBER supports and speaks up on behalf of universities, national and special libraries - their institutions and their users - across Europe to enable world-class research. The Research Data Management Working Group (RDM WG) was established out of two motivations. First, to help libraries secure a critical role in the 21st century scholarly information infrastructure and, second, to recognize research data as valuable academic resources that need to be managed, shared, and preserved to foster research and science.


The aim of the national research data infrastructure (NFDI) is to systematically manage scientific and research data, provide long-term data storage, backup and accessibility, and network the data both nationally and internationally. The NFDI will bring multiple stakeholders together in a coordinated network of consortia tasked with providing science-driven data services to research communities.
Currently, KIT is involved in several of the funded NFDI consortia


The Research Data Alliance (RDA) is a community-driven organisation whose mission is to develop the social and technical data infrastructure needed to drive innovation surrounding data sharing and data interoperability.  Established in 2013, RDA supports more than 7,500 international members representing 137 countries and has generated 30 recommendations (four of which are recognized as European ICT technical specifications) with over 75 documented adoption cases (Nov 2018).
The goal of RDA is to enable the sharing of research data without barriers. The RDA Working and Interest Groups consist of worldwide experts from academia, private sector, and government. Participation in RDA is open to anyone who agrees to its guiding principles of openness, consensus, balance, and harmonisation, with a community driven and non-profit approach.


TU9 is the alliance of leading Universities of Technology in Germany. All of the TU9 universities have a long tradition to look back on and enjoy an excellent reputation among universities at home and abroad. Founded in the age of industrialisation, they have played a significant part in the development of engineering and natural sciences. Their scientific potential, range of courses and student numbers have grown continuously over a period of almost 200 years. This common ground forms the basis of their cooperation in the university association TU9.
Training materials can be found here


Unite! (University Network for Innovation, Technology and Engineering) is an alliance between several European universities to promote academic excellence, research and innovation, especially in the areas of engineering and technology. The KIT is working with Unite! as part of the aUPaEU project.