Our overall aim is to provide Research Data Management (RDM) services to small independent labs and conceptually exchange with institutions and excellence clusters to enable them for FAIR RDM. We are developing and implementing FAIR Digital Objects (FDOs) in our disciplinary communities in close collaboration with international RDM experts, primarily as organized in the FDO Forum . We are contributing towards establishing FDOs as an open standard. FDOs are the equivalent to specific objects in the real world. Our transdisciplinary agenda – based on a firm disciplinary foundation – will feedback to the forum.
We propose ten task areas (TA): FAIR Laboratory, Metadata & Ontologies, Federated Repositories, Quality & Standards, Evolving Infrastructures, Data Literacy, Base RDM, Surveys, Domains, and Governance.
To reach the described goals, NFDI4Phys will address following key objectives:
- Enable research groups to make their data manageable in form of FDOs throughout the entire data life-cycle.
- Foster standardization processes for data models and ontologies to strengthen interoperability of metadata, schemata and ontologies.
- Improve reusability of data through quality criteria and standards, promoting open data formats and research software as well as domain data protocols.
- Design federated repositories to allow seamless exchange of FDOs and data models.
- Develop and distribute a best practices RDM template that enables current and prospective users to set up and maintain FAIR data management.
Task Area FL FAIR Laboratory
- Providing flexible tools and practices for daily data workflows to enable scientists to effortlessly create and maintain FDOs locally.
Task Area MO Metadata and Ontologies
- Fostering standardization of data models and ontologies to strengthen interoperability of metadata, schemas and ontologies and their re-use in the community.
Task Area FR Federated Repositories
- Establishing of federated repositories for seamless explication of context of all NFDI4Phys research objects and FAIR processing for unified access to heterogeneous and distributed NFDI4Phys research data.
Task Area QS Quality Criteria and Standards
- Enchancing the reusability of data in the NFDI4Phys domains by implementing method-specific, constantly optimized, quality criteria and procedures for quality assessment and assurance including concepts for responsibilities.
Task Area EI Evolving Infrastructures
- Developing concepts for RDM, AI standards and quality assurance on quantum computers and for quantum/classical feedback loops.
Task Area DL Data Literacy
- Promoting data literacy in the physics community and beyond to build a data-literate culture and foster the sustainable use of data following the FAIR principles. Integration of data literacy into curricula in collaboration with i.a. jDPG .
Task Area SU Surveys
- Exploring the needs of the users and developing an ontology concept within and across sub-domains in physics and transdisciplinary fields. Establishing an online access panel for surveys.
Task Area TE RDM Template for Physics
- Establish and disseminate a representative RDM template for all NFDI4Phys domains that enables current and prospective users to set up and maintain FAIR data management.
Task Area DO Domains
- All domains work towards a sustainable knowledge infrastructure
Task Area GO Governance
- Leads and coordinates the consortium, administers subtasks, monitors concerns, and impulses. Advertises the concept to reach a broader audience and motivate participation, market, and facilitates inner and external communication.