EcoDM (Ecosystem Data Management) abbreviates the collaborative project „Ökosystem Datenmanagement: Analysen – Empfehlungen – FAIRification“. The central question of the project aims to investigate how the steadily growing digital data from science, the public sector, businesses and qualification can be systematically (re-)used in accordance with the FAIR principles (findable, accessible, interoperable, and Reusable). This question is investigated with the help of expert interviews for the four selected topics: science, public sector, economy, and qualification.

The Helmholtz Open Science Office based at the GFZ is responsible for the work package Economy in EcoDM. This work package investigates how the reuse of data across the fields of science, business, and the public sector can be promoted within case studies that entail outcomes desirable for society as a whole. This holistic approach includes, for example, an analysis of business models, the creation of framework conditions such as standards, infrastructures or training, and the discussion of ethical standards. Both, business and science, are interested in accessing data from the public sector regardless of national borders. Due to the upcoming amendment of the Informationsweiterverwendungsgesetzes (IWG), it therefore makes sense to pay close attention to the needs and interests of stakeholders from these three areas in the formulation of the law.

The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) – funding reference: 16DWWQP03.

Start of the project: 

October 1, 2019

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Twitter: @ecodm_projekt

Contact persons:

Dr. Christoph Bruch, Helmholtz Open Science Office

Dr. Reinhard Messerschmidt, Helmholtz Open Science Office