Research infrastructures are central resources which make science possible and open up new questions. In this way they drive progress and bring dynamism to the scientific system. With its internal strategy process, the Leibniz Association has highlighted the significance of decentralized as well as medium to small-sized research infrastructures and their work, which do not always find mention in the national and international debate. Information infrastructures, major data-recording projects for social data, panels and cohorts, scientific collections as well as social research infrastructures guarantee innovative science both within and outside of the Leibniz Association.
With the Leibniz Roadmap for Research Infrastructures, the Leibniz Association is now presenting a plan for the future so that excellent research can continue to be carried out over the next 10 to 15 years, and to advance the standard of this research to the highest levels. The Leibniz Roadmap contains concepts for research infrastructures which the Leibniz Association has prioritised in an internal process – with priority going to concepts which require a larger consortium of Leibniz partners and external partners. The selection criteria for the projects were as follows: the enabling of excellent research, social relevance, being of central importance to the scientific landscape, and a user-orientated approach. The concepts also stand out thanks to their innovative character and a clear unique feature. Thus, they further consolidate the profile of the Leibniz Association. The internal process has also contributed to the incorporation of four concepts in the national prioritising process – the National Roadmap for Research Infrastructures. At the same time, three projects have been newly included in the 2016 update of the ESFRI Roadmap, in which the Leibniz Institutes are involved – in some cases as the project leader. These projects also form a part of the Leibniz Roadmap.
The Leibniz Roadmap for Research Infrastructures represents the establishment of a continuous process. The Roadmap will be regularly assessed and updated. It maps out how the Leibniz Association can sustainably consolidate, and help dynamically shape, the German scientific system, including the Association’s own institutes.
BioM-D envisions an infrastructure of networked, multisensory measuring stations, computing systems and analyses systems. Its purpose is to measure and document changes to the biological environment as well as provide data, analyses and scenarios for biodiversity and environmental research, from which policy options can be derived for the political and social sphere.
The aim of DCOLL is to comprehensively digitise natural science collections and create a networked infrastructure. It will provide optimised access to scientific collections and will facilitate their use by the scientific community and the public.
As an infrastructure-based expertise network, the purpose of GeWissDigital is to advise the sciences of history on handling digital research data, issuing digital publications and evaluating digital research infrastructures. It thus forms a nucleus for the (further) development of digital research infrastructures. GeWissDigital also bundles, explores and evaluates methods in the field of digital humanities.
With KultSam, a research infrastructure is being established which develops innovative tools for supporting cutting-edge research in the humanities and cultural studies and for digitally cataloguing collection-related knowledge to make it available to a wide range of user groups.
LiON is a networked research infrastructure that brings together the complementary expertise of Leibniz and other partner institutes to further the development of and broaden access to Omics technologies and downstream analysis for primarily non-human life science research across Germany.
The LPI is designed as a user open research platform for photonics and optics to develop fundamentally new solutions for the diagnosis, monitoring and the experimental treatment of infections, and for the transfer of these solutions into routine use.
LEIBNIZ DATA is designed as an infrastructure which offers a reliable and long-term service to those research infrastructures of the Leibniz Roadmap and beyond which work with heterogeneous research data. It provides expertise on the cataloguing, archiving and subsequent use of these diverse and in some instances unique digital research data, and thus ensures that they remain available and usable as a central information source for scientific research and development. The data archives of the Leibniz Association’s specialised and established research data centres are networked with, and made visible to, one another using international metadata standards. As a network, LEIBNIZ DATA thus works towards the common and collaborative (further) development of sustainable solutions for the integration of heterogeneous data.
Dr. Sabine Müller
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