Our Data Centers

Our specialist data centers take care of the standardization, archiving and sustainable provision of biodiversity and environmental data.

In order for data to be found and used in the long term – not only by its creators, but also by other researchers and interested parties – it must have been published. In this, data centers play a key role: they provide the infrastructure that allows data to be stored in the long term, ensure that data is described in a standardised way through complex data curation, and enable data to be found and used through interfaces to other data portals and collections.

Within NFDI4Biodiversity, the network of ten GFBio data centers is a cornerstone for the mobilisation of biodiversity data. Three specialised data centers for plant, nucleotide and ecological and geological data and seven natural science collections offer the opportunity to manage, archive and publish digital and physical data in a citable manner over the long term.

The data center as a network

The GFBio Data Centers are collaborating as a network to promote the standardisation and interoperability of research data. The data centers have developed common formats, standards and pipelines for sustainable data management, archiving, access and publication of data, on the basis of which they are continuously developing their services. The data archived and published in the data centers are accessible via the GFBio data portal. In addition, the collection data centers supply their data to the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF); a large part of the group also forms the German GBIF node.

Role in NFDI4Biodiversity

Within Task Area 3, the representatives of the data centers develop common data standards and data pipelines for long-term data preservation and data quality assurance in accordance with the FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data. They are significantly involved in the provision of various GFBio services for the management of data products:

Data Submission
Experts from the data centers guide users of the Data Submission Service in preparing their (heterogeneous) biological, ecological and environmental datasets for submission to a federated network of data centers. The datasets are reviewed by experts from the respective GFBio data center, curated according to subject, archived for the long term, and published.

Helpdesk and sustainability
Experts from the data centers work at the helpdesk – our point of contact for all questions relating to research data management – and provide advice on data publication and archiving.

Data Management Plan Tool (DMPT)
The GFBio DMP tool is available for researchers to create professional data management plans (DMPs) for biodiversity-related projects. Data curators from the data centers provide individual support in planning for specific data types and archives and personally advise researchers in order to establish the basis for a later transfer of data products into the established data pipelines of the GFBio data centers already in the DMPs.

GFBio Data Portal and BioCASe Monitor Service
The GFBio Data Portal makes the published data from the GFBio Data Centers accessible to researchers. This is made possible by the curation and provision of data via the established pipelines. At the same time, the data is mapped to uniform standards; ontologies and format validations are also carried out.