The digital transformation is changing academia at a dramatic pace. In order to effectively utilise its inherent opportunities, this change must be managed as thoroughly as possible. Here the far-reaching use and processing of research data within the academic epistemological process is of fundamental importance to academia and innovation. Identifying digital research data as one of the most precious of resources, and safeguarding them, storing them for the long term and making them available to others, is therefore one of academia’s key tasks.
In terms of academic policy, the Leibniz Association is firmly rooted in the field of research data management, both with regard to infrastructure (including involvement in the Council for Scientific Information Infrastructures, the High Level Expert Group on the European Open Science Cloud and the Horizon 2020 Advisory Group on European Research Infrastructures) and research data (including involvement in the Initiative GoFAIR Use of Data). Both topics centrally influence the digital transformation of academia, and the Leibniz Association is involved in fundamentally shaping them.
“LeibnizData” pools the Leibniz Association’s responses to the demands of making pioneering use of research data. Working across the different disciplines, the Leibniz Research Network provides data-management services and the requisite research-data infrastructures.