NFDI4Ing community meeting of computer science, electrical, transport and systems engineering focussing on data lifecycle and FAIR principles as well as best practice examples that make data management tangible.

Simulation models and simulators as well as specially equipped test vehicles are used in research into "Automated and Connected Driving". This generates large amounts of data. The NFDI4Ing project - National Research Data Infrastructure for Engineering Sciences - has been working intensively for almost two years on the collection, handling and subsequent utilisation of this research data.

The annual NFDI4Ing Conference "Innovation in Research Data Management: Bridging the gaps between disciplines and opening new perspectives for research in engineering science", organised by the consortium, took place on 27/28 September 2023 with 180 participants. The event was organised in cooperation between TU Dresden, the SLUB and the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

The event focussed on the data life cycle and the FAIR principles of data use - based on the topic of "Automated and networked mobility". Challenges and visions for the future were discussed in an interdisciplinary manner and best practice examples were presented that make data management tangible. The second meeting focussed on the following topics:

  • Innovative and proven approaches to research data management
  • Tools and infrastructure for research data management
  • Research data management practices
  • Data literacy
  • Data ethics
  • Publication of data

"There was a lot of good feedback," said Prof. Regine Gerike, Head of the Chair of Mobility System Planning at the "Friedrich List" Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences at TU Dresden, which was responsible for the conference.

Informative keynotes and impressive practical examples

Three keynote speeches gave participants from universities, research centres and libraries from all over Germany an introduction to the topic of "Automated and networked mobility":

Paul Baumann (Hanseatic Higher Regional Court Bremen) spoke on “Legal issues in decisions on the use and storage of research data, especially in inter-institutional research projects”.

The second keynote was delivered by Prof. Carsten Trinitis (Chair of Computer Architecture and Parallel Systems, TU Munich) and was entitled "Digital first - Concerns second? Why ethical aspects are important in Research Data Management".

The third presentation, entitled "FAIR data management services in support of the European engineering materials community", was given the following day by Dr Tim Austin (European Commission).

The presentations were followed by a lively exchange on further successful practical use cases with input from representatives of the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence, TU Braunschweig and DLR, among others.

Following the keynote speeches, there were various themed sessions on both days with corresponding plenary workshops, in which the participants split up and engaged in an intensive exchange of ideas.

About NFDI4Ing

NFDI4Ing represents the engineering disciplines with their specific concerns in research data management. At its core, the consortium consists of eleven member institutions. Each member contributes its individual expertise and experience to the joint work programme. In addition, the consortium has a large number of associated participants from the entire German engineering research landscape. All members and participants are part of larger national and international networks.

Contacts at TU Dresden

Prof. Regine Gerike
Head of the Chair of Mobility System Plannin
"Friedrich List" Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, TU Dresden

Stefanie Roski
Research Associate NFDI4Ing
Saxon State Library - Dresden State and University Library (SLUB)
Departement for Open Science