Data Management in projects: enjoyable or unavoidable?

Have you already faced the situation when someone asks you about your original data, but you don’t even remember what your excel file names mean anymore? Or the data is deposited in a public database but nobody can sort it out anyways? These are common practical challenges in the research world. Not only we deal with increasingly larger and more complex data sets, but we also often cannot find effective ways to organize them. That is why the TRAs (Transdisciplinary Research Areas) of the University of Bonn came together to organize TeRAbytes, an interactive workshop on strategies for data science and data management, with more than 100 participants, on January 17 and 18 of 2023.

The workshop had among the goals to identify common strengths, challenges, and development directions, and provide feedback to the university on future requirements for an excellent digital infrastructure. Besides an entire afternoon with concrete examples from NFDI Projects, the highlight of the event was the sharing of services and infrastructure available at Bonn University to support scientists on these matter, presented by Dr. Christian Bittner and Dr. Sergej Zerr.

Naturally, workshops are always better with visual examples. At the end of the first day, there was a poster session when participants could get an overview of the ongoing activities at the university and exchange of ideas and common challenges. Fernanda Martinelli, from the CLEVER Coordination team, presented the Data Management Plan expected to be implemented at this EU-funded project, adapted from the work of Ines Jendritzki. Check it out:

Photo by Fernanda Martinelli
Fernanda Martinelli

Fernanda Martinelli – University of Bonn

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