Our overarching objective is to document, evaluate, operate and improve the services provided by the numerous members of our community. Our Helpdesk provides support and advice regarding research data quality assurance, sustainable research software development, legal matters and questions on data ethics, and offer guidance for the use of research tools and data services, as well as repositories and authoring tools for publishing research outputs and education and training in Data and Code Literacy.

In the following years, a collection of guidelines will grow as a result of collaboration between our seven Task Areas.

Culture Helpdesk

The NFDI4Culture Helpdesk provides individual support for a broad range of research data and software concerns to scholars, institutions and data providers, regardless of career level or prior knowledge. We offer project-specific advice, including applications for third-party funding.

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Linked Data & Semantics Culture Information Portal

The Culture Information Portal serves as the gateway and single point of access to all services, data and information resources offered by the NFDI4Culture consortium. Based on established and interoperable data standards for research information systems, it will also provide the exchange and integration of NFDI4Culture‘s service offerings with international infrastructures like the European Open Science Cloud. Apart from the graphical user interface, all portal content has been modelled according to Linked Open principles and is offered FAIRly as structured data over a web-based API.

Linked Data & Semantics Culture Knowledge Graph

The Culture Knowledge Graph aims to be a connector for all research data produced within the NFDI4Culture subject areas. This will enable overarching search functionality and access to the distributed research data collections of the consortium and beyond. We will build this by using existing data in the Linked Open Data format as well as working with data providers to convert and integrate their digital assets. We will make use of W3C standard technologies and standard metadata formats that are already recognised by the Culture community. This development of the knowledge graph will be discussed within the 4Culture Linked Open Data Working Group. To stay up to date on their meetings, events and general news about the knowledge graph, sign up for our mailinglist: https://lists.nfdi.de/postorius/lists/nfdi4culture-lod.lists.nfdi.de.

Culture Knowledge Graph

Publication & Availability RADAR4Culture

RADAR4Culture is a low-threshold and easy-to use service for sustainable publication and preservation of cultural heritage research data. It offers free publication for any data type and format according to the FAIR principles, independent of the researcher´s institutional affiliation. Through persistent identifiers (DOI) and a retention period of at least 25 years, the research data remain available, citable and findable long-term. Currently, the offer is aimed exclusively at researchers at publicly funded research institutions and (art) universities as well as non-commercial academies, galleries, libraries, archives and museums in Germany. No contract is required and no data publication fees are charged. The researchers are responsible for the upload, organisation, annotation and curation of research data as well as the peer-review process (as an optional step) and finally their publication.

Tools & Services Registry for Tools & Services

Of particular interest to the Culture Community, the NFDI4Culture Registry service collects metadata about existing research tools and data services, and provides a simple overview and detailed information about the resources.

In addition, the Registry enables researchers to access these resources in order to promote the re-use and further development of existing tools and services. All metadata included will be published under an open licence, and all tools and services will be given a unique identifier to enable referencing. Software and service reviews will also be included to assess, promote and highlight the reliability of research tools and data services against the FAIR principles.