NFDI4C Panel at the Annual Meeting of Gesellschaft für Musikforschung in Berlin on FAIR Research Data Management

By Dr. Martin Albrecht-Hohmaier

NFDI4C-Logo vor dem Beginn des Orchesterlieds "Mignons Sehnen" von Hans Sommer.

NFDI4C-Logo vor Musik

"NFDI4C-Logo vor dem Beginn des Orchesterlieds "Mignons Sehnen" von Hans Sommer.", CC-BY Creator: Martin Albrecht-Hohmaier & Katharina Bergmann, Owner: Martin Albrecht-Hohmaier & Katharina Bergmann

As part of the annual conference of the Gesellschaft für Musikforschung at Humboldt University in Berlin, NFDI4Culture organized a two-part panel on the topic of FAIR research data management.

The first part, "On the Way to FAIR Research Data Management – Practical Insights into NFDI4Culture," addressed the need for information about our work that is repeatedly expressed to us, especially by the Gesellschaft für Musikforschung. Five presentations focused on music research, first on the structure and objectives of NFDI4Culture (Torsten Schrade) and then, in four practical examples, on tools and content that exemplified the role, significance and best practices of FAIR research data management.

Structured according to the terms behind the acronym, the topics included

Findability – the importance of data standards as a generic tool for standardizing music-related metadata (Desiree Mayer and Jürgen Kett),
Accessibility – the DFG Viewer as a tool for improving the accessibility of digitized material (Daniel Röwenstrunk, standing in for Barbara Wiermann, who was ill),
Interoperability – conversion, adaptation, validation and configuration of different file formats using the MEI Garage (Anne Ferger and Daniel Röwenstrunk) and
Reusability – legal and ethical issues such as copyright and licensing law, privacy rights and data protection, and handling culturally sensitive objects (Grischka Petri).

The second part was titled "FAIR Music Research – What do the new requirements mean for our discipline?" in the form of a roundtable with prominent guests. In this highly animated discussion, Stefan Karcher (DFG Head Office), Jürgen Kett (DNB Frankfurt), Grischka Petri (FIZ Karlsruhe/Leibniz Institute), Klaus Pietschmann (University of Mainz), Dörte Schmidt (UdK Berlin) and Torsten Schrade (NFDI4Culture) moderated by Andreas Münzmay (NFDI4Culture) discussed research policy issues and the respective challenges of the digital transformation with each other and also with the plenary. Among many other points, the challenge and opportunity to further and better establish FAIR research data management in music research was highlighted, while at the same time not leaving analog research behind – even though research that manages without digital data means is hard to find today.

All in all, the well-attended panel was an extremely successful event, not only providing concrete insights into digital workshops and projects, but also successfully serving the goals, the mission of NFDI4Culture through the constructive impulses emanating from it.