Forum Report

NFDI4Culture Forum Data Publication and Availability #1: Kick-off for repositories - Report

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Within the NFDI4Culture consortium, Task Area 4 (TA 4) is responsible for the domain of data publication and availability. In order to determine the current state of the community and to query any needs, the first forum was held on March 12, 2021. For this purpose, operators of already established repositories that offer their services independently of institutions in the field of material and immaterial cultural heritage were specifically invited. A total of 38 participants from 16 institutions took part in the event. In order to become familiar with the repository providers, the forum focused on the presentation of the respective offers and services with special attention to their problems and challenges. Furthermore, the participants were asked about their expectations regarding the collaboration with NFDI4Culture.

For this purpose, members of other Task Areas of the consortium also participated and presented their planned services, which are strongly linked to the area of data publication and archiving. On the one hand, Task Area 2 (Standards, Data Quality and Curation) presented the planned FAIR consulting agency as well as the plans for establishing guidelines for data quality management. When establishing and optimising standards, it is crucial that all data producers, data users, and data providers, such as repository providers, are involved. On the other hand, Task Area 3 (Research Tools and Data Services) informed about the work on the registry, which aims to provide an overview of research tools and data services for the cultural community. The goal is to register software and repositories based on the "OntoSoft" ontology to make them available for researchers. First entries in the registry will be tested with the services of the institutions involved in TA 4.

Based on the presentations, the final discussion summarised central aspects of the collaboration between TA 4 and the repository providers. These are: sustainable operating and business models, technical implementations of special functions, handling of very heterogeneous data and objects, growing demands of subject communities and their information literacy, data curation and quality assurance, licensing issues, certifications, and reuse or linkage with external resources. The participants hope that the collaboration with NFDI4Culture will provide them with support in community networking, for example through information events, providing an overview of existing offerings, and consultation on topics such as certification, data standards, data exchange, and long-term preservation.

Since long-term preservation and certification of repositories were of particular interest, follow-up events on these topics will take place in 2021.