Welcome to NFDI4Ing – the National Research Data Infrastructure for Engineering Sciences!
Engineering sciences play a key role in developing solutions for the technical, environmental, and economic challenges imposed by the demands of our modern society. The associated research processes as well as the solutions themselves will only be sustainable if being accompanied by a proper research data management (RDM) that implements the FAIR data principles: data has to be findable, accessible, interoperable, and re-usable. NFDI4Ing brings together the engineering communities to work towards that goal. As part of the German National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI), the consortium aims to develop, disseminate, standardise and provide methods and services to make engineering research data FAIR. As one of the first consortia funded as part of the NFDI, NFDI4Ing has actively engaged engineers across all engineering research areas as well as experienced infrastructure providers since 2017. It now has more than 50 active members and participants and continues to grow.
The German National Research Data Infrastructure Initiative
The National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) initiative is jointly funded by the German government and the governments of the federal states. Its objective is to “systematically index, edit, interconnect and make available the valuable stock of data from science and research.” A central goal is to overcome the currently often decentralised, project-related, or temporary form of research data and find sustainable solutions to open it up for wider audiences in society, science and industry. Therefore, the initiative “will set new data management standards and serve as a digital, regionally distributed and networked knowledge platform to secure research data and its usability in the long term.” Further information on NFDI’s funding, structure and how to become a member can be found on their website.