The service team RDM@KIT is a member of international research data networks. The network includes both, external partner institutions as well as cooperative structures.

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 service of DataCite, and is actively involved in the further development of the working group at DataCite. In addition, KIT uses the services offered by DataCite for the assignement of  DOIs.  These are not only assigned to publications but also for the permanent referencing of research data.


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.


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 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.


The wiki (German only) offers information about the handling of digital research data. It is aimed primarily at operators of infrastructures and service providers related to research data management. Active cooperation, e.g. in the form of new articles, additions and changes, is very welcome!


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.


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 nine 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