Open Educational Resources

Videos, slides, GitHub repositories and more: Explore our free self-learning materials!

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We want to help scientists in biodiversity research, ecology and environmental sciences to work with their research data in the best possible way. In addition to our training courses, we therefore offer a variety of educational materials for users of different backgrounds and levels of expertise.

Videos/Video series

On our YouTube Channel, we regularly publish recordings of our training events, in which experts from our diverse partner network – among them data centers, universities and other research institutions – share extensive knowledge from the field.

Topics range from the basics of research data management to modern services and tools for handling biodiversity, ecology, and environmental data throughout the entire data life cycle, and legal aspects.

GitHub repositories

Our GitHub repositories are more than just code. They provide opportunities to hone your skills and develop a deeper understanding of the world of data. Whether you're a beginner, a data enthusiast, or a professional, our open repositories provide engaging work environments and educational opportunities for a wide variety of users.

  • Jupyter Unveiled
    Get to know the power of the free and open source web application Jupyter and use the provided scripts for your project – for example for data manipulation, visualization or analysis.

  • PANGAEA Data Validation
    With our Jupyter Notebook, you can check the quality of your data before submitting it to PANGAEA, the digital repository for earth system research and environmental science data.


In the NFDI4Biodiversity Zenodo community, we provide numerous presentation slides on training topics for free reuse.

The slides are aimed at teachers, students, and researchers in the field of biodiversity, ecology, and environmental studies. From professors looking to improve or expand their teaching materials to students looking for self-study materials, our curated slides cover a wide variety of topics.

Self-study unit

Our self-study unit allows learners of all levels to continue their education in research data management and data literacy at their own chosen pace. Of course, also lecturers are invited to integrate it into their curricula.

You can find it on Zenodo and Ilias.

The self-learning unit is to be continuously improved and further developed. Please feel free to send suggestions and feedback to our trainings team.


Our podcast Rechtsdschungel – Recht und Ethik im Umgang mit Biodiversitäts- und Umweltdaten invites listeners to learn about various legal regulations and challenges that can arise when working with biodiversity data and to discover solutions together with us. The podcast will cover general topics on legal aspects of handling research data, such as GDPR, copyright and usage rights, licenses and data sharing, as well as specific topics such as the Environmental Information Act and the Nagoya Protocol (including digital sequence information). In addition, legal issues related to citizen science will also be addressed, as these play an important role especially in the collection of biodiversity data.