Open access to research data

The Helmholtz Centres conduct data-intensive research. Research with complex scientific and technical infrastructures, such as particle accelerators, satellites, research ships and aircraft, generates a large volume of research data. For example three of the four German contributions to the World Data System (WDS) of the International Council for Science (ICSU) are operated by Helmholtz Centres: the data repository PANGAEA, which is operated by the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) and the Centre for Marine Environmental Sciences at the University of Bremen (MARUM), the World Data Center for Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere (WDC-RSAT) of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the World Stress Map Project (WSM) of the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) Depending on the disciplinary challenges in this field, the Helmholtz Centres operate various databases in which research data is made freely available.

In autumn 2016, the Helmholtz Association adopted a position paper on the handling of research data. Guidelines for the handling of research data are being developed at the centres in order to give practical shape to this directional decision. The Helmholtz Working Group Open Science has developed recommendations to support these processes.

The Helmholtz Open Science Office promotes the discussion on the re-use and thus also the verifiability of research data in the Helmholtz Association and the interdisciplinary exchange on the topic.



Mitgliederversammlung der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft (Ed.) (2016): Making information resources more usable: A position paper on the management of research data in the Helmholtz Association, Potsdam : Helmholtz Open Science Office, 3 p.