Semantic Web Technologies in Research Infrastructure Development

The Semantic Web in Libraries Conference, jointly organized by the ZBW and HBZ, this year took place from 26 to 28 November in Bonn. One of the key threads of the conference was the role of metadata. The available structured (meta)data and services that rely on metadata is increasing. In this context, metadata could provide even more support, such as in exploring/understanding data collections, archives, datasets, etc., which are especially important for research data infrastructure initiatives.

GeRDI at SWIB18 (Semantic Web in Libraries)

The “Research infrastructure” theme of the conference included talks on the application of Semantic Web technologies for developing services that use different resource types, such as research publications, data, links between them, software, programming languages, etc. This is something that we in GeRDI also consider. For more information (themes, presentations, contact information, etc.), please visit the official website of the SWIB18 conference.

Focus on Research Data Management at the Universities and the Computing Centre in Munich

Dr. Stephan Hachinger from our community partner AlpenDAC reported on RDM services and related activities at LMU, TU and LRZ at the RDA interest group for “Research Architectures in Research Institutions” (RDARI). The collaboration presented in Gaborone was initially started by local stakeholders of the GeRDI project (researchers, librarians and ICT specialists). In his talk he sketched the efforts to coordinate the services from archival and backup at the computing centre to the support of users by data specialists at the libraries. The inclusion of a broad variety of stakeholders with a clear focus on provision of services for scientists is one of the exciting facets of GeRDI.

For more information please visit:

Let the Data Sing: An Architecture to Enable FAIR Services for Isolated Research Data Stores

Tobias Weber, a member of our software development team, explained in his talk at the International Data Week in Gaborone, how to upgrade a data silo to become a FAIR repository. Since GeRDI is also a GO FAIR implementation network, the presented reference architecture allows data management solutions to become GeRDI-compliant. The advocate of loosely-coupled microservices and open source software went into detail how this architecture has been designed based on the requirements of several communities which are also partners in GeRDI (e.g. VerbaAlpina).

For more information please visit:

Improving repositories for research data

GeRDI at RDA's 12th Plenary Meeting The RDA interest group “repository platforms for research data” aims on improving the usability and technical capabilities of repository platforms. GeRDI project member Ralph Müller-Pfefferkorn (TU Dresden) is one of its co-chairs. At the Twelfth RDA Plenary Meeting in Gaborone, Botswana the group discussed two topics: direct access to data in repositories for data analysis and enforcing data policies in repositories. The goal is to found working groups for these topics. Read More


Logo der GO FAIR Initiative
The GeRDI Project has formed an Implementation Network (IN) under the GO FAIR initative and offers to exchange experiences in interdisciplinary metadata services, based on community requirements, plus designing and implementing a resulting system architecture. Projects and initiatives are invited to join the IN, especially those also possessing experiences regarding operational models as well as ethical/legal aspects of research data management.

For further information on GO FAIR please visit:

First Community Workshop

The First Community Workshop took place on October 12, 2018 in Berlin. Ten researcher from different disciplines evaluated the current developments in GeRDI and a vivid discussion evolved to what extent GeRDI can support the research work along the Data Life Cycle. We would like to express our sincere appreciation to all participants for their very valuable feedback. The main results are:

  • There is a need of nomenclatures and standard vocabularies for the research communities and linkages across disciplines.
  • Information on data quality as part of metadata may not get lost because of a generic meta data schema.
  • GeRDI can bring together communities for an interdisciplinary exchange and can transfer the discussed results into the concrete infrastructure (GeRDI).

GeRDI First Community WorkshopGeRDI First Community WorkshopGeRDI First Community Workshop

Integrated search and analysis of multidisciplinary marine data with GeRDI

Publication: Integrated search and analysis of multidisciplinary marine data with GeRDIThe GeRDI project focuses on the development of a sustainable Generic Research Data Infrastructure. Its goal is to enable scientists to search, use and re-use external research data. In the current pilot phase, the software development is driven by research questions. These questions originate from participating communities in various research disciplines – marine sciences, but also digital humanities, bioinformatics, and others. An exemplary research question is “How marine fisheries impact on global food security up to 2050”.

Read how the development of a generic research data infrastructure is driven by research questions


Meet GeRDI at the ECSS 2018 in Gothenburg

October 9, 2018 | Gothenburg

Klaus Tochtermann (ZBW) from the GeRDI team will talk at the European Computer Science Summit 2018 about “Towards the European Open Science Cloud – The role of Computer Science”.

Klaus Tochtermann (ZBW) talks about “Towards the European Open Science Cloud – The role of Computer Science”.

The idea of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) is to leverage European research data management to the next level of excellence. The EOSC will connect existing and future research data centres with one another and will offer a free point of use, open and seamless services for storage, management, analysis and re-use of research data. Based on the experiences made during the German contribution to the EOSC, namely the GeRDI project (Generic research data infrastructure), and during the international GoFAIR initiative, the talk will highlight technical challenges from a computer science perspective. This will include the design of a micro-service architecture, the role of standards for metadata, the design of a central search index to allow cross-repository search and retrieval as well as the role of large storage and computing capacities.

GeRDI at the TNC18 in Trondheim

Jakob Tendel (DFN) at the TNC2018Jakob Tendel talked about „User-focused Service Development in the GeRDI Project” on Wednesday at the TNC18 conference in the session “User Requirements Odyssey”. The focus was on our community management and our feedback process. The concept of the project-funded community manager was praised by the audience.