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NFDI4C holds a Panel at the Annual Meeting of Gesellschaft für Musikforschung on FAIR Research Data Management

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

NFDI4Culture – FAIR Research Data Management

The programmatic announcement "After the norm: musicology in the 21st century" of this year's GfM conference, which also aims at future perspectives of the subject, touches the work of NFDI4Culture (Consortium for Research Data of Tangible and Intangible Cultural Objects in the National Research Data Infrastructure, under the auspices of musicology, media studies and art history, among others) in several respects:

  • for example, in the question of new technical or legal standards and their connectivity to the habits and requirements of the discipline,
  • in the digital reorientation of GLAM institutions,
  • during research projects
  • or in the synergetic effects of cross-disciplinary and cross-locational collaboration between the disciplines represented in the consortium.

The various NFDI4Culture Task Areas, aligned with the data lifecycle model, act as catalysts for current disciplinary advancements and constructively accompany the digital transformation.

Throughout, the panel is intended as an invitation for questions and open discussion, for which ample time is therefore deliberately allotted.

I. Towards FAIR Research Data Management –Practical Insights into NFDI4Culture

The first part of the event will address the need for information that has been expressed time and again, especially by the Gesellschaft für Musikforschung: In the form of a panel, concrete examples will be used to show where and to what extent the work of NFDI4Culture has an impact on musicology. This will be shown by an introductory lecture by the consortium spokesperson Torsten Schrade on the structure and objectives of NFDI4Culture, and will take place in four following short lectures on a wide range of case studies. The structure deliberately reflects the so-called "FAIR" principles, which have been defined as a central orientation grid for the development of science-led, sustainable research data management.

Under the keyword Findability, the focus will be on an example from the Task Area Standards, Data Quality and Curation: Authority data for musical works, as found in the Gemeinsame Normdatei (GND) and also maintained in RISM, are a central and generic tool for standardizing music-related metadata and thus an important means of ensuring data findability. Accompanied by NFDI4Culture, a data exchange between these two major data hubs, RISM and GND, is being pursued that will further promote the effectiveness of scholarly work.

The case study on Accessibility also comes from the same Task Area: The DFG Viewer for Musical Sources is a tool that will significantly improve and facilitate the accessibility of digitized materials through collaboration between librarians and musicologists.

The Research Tools and Data Services Task Area will present an example of interoperability with the MEI-Garage project: Web services and tools for converting, adapting, validating, and configuring different file formats, encoding standards, and MEI versions will lead to better conectivity of research data.

At the latest when data are to be made available for reuse – keyword reusability – questions of open or restricted accessibility become relevant, i. e., legal and ethical issues such as copyright and licensing law, personal rights and data protection, and the handling of culturally sensitive objects. The design of after-use and accessibility will be highlighted using music-related cases from the Legal Helpdesk, one of NFDI4Culture's most requested services.

Introduction to NFDI4Culture, Torsten Schrade

Practical example Findability, Desiree Mayer and Jürgen Kett: "Normdaten für Kulturobjekte" (Standard data for cultural objects)

Practical example Accessibility, Andrea Hammes: "The DFG Viewer for Musical Sources".

Practical Example Interoperability, Anne Ferger and Daniel Röwenstrunk: "Presentation of the MEI Garage".

Practical example Reusability, Grischka Petri: "Relationship between law and culture".


II. FAIR Music Research – What do the new requirements mean for the subject?
– Round Table with Plenary Discussion

In the second part of the event, we would like to take the previously opened panorama of topics as an opportunity to discuss the significance of research data management and, in particular, the FAIR principles for music research in a joint discussion between our guests at the round table and in the plenary. Since these questions are strongly conditioned both within the discipline itself, but also by changing political objectives (such as Open Science), legal frameworks (such as data protection and data ethics), and criteria for research funding and financing, it seems important to us to bring representatives from different fields into conversation with each other and with the discipline. The discussion will focus on fundamental questions of research policy as well as on concrete perspectives of scientific work under digital conditions.

Round Table:

  • Stefan Karcher, DFG Head Office
  • Jürgen Kett, DNB Frankfurt
  • Grischka Petri, FIZ Karlsruhe/Leibniz Institute
  • Klaus Pietschmann, University of Mainz
  • Dörte Schmidt, UdK Berlin
  • Torsten Schrade, NFDI4Culture
  • Moderation: Andreas Münzmay, NFDI4Culture

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Torsten Schrade
Desiree Mayer
Jürgen Kett
Anne Ferger
Daniel Röwenstrunk
Grischka Petri