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4.02-2 Within and Beyond - Research infrastructures that strengthen Open Science Practices in Geosciences
Monday, 04/Sept/2023:
3:30pm - 5:00pm

Session Chair: Melanie Lorenz, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences
Session Chair: Andrea Pörsch, Helmholtz Metadata Collaboration (HMC) at GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam, Germany
Location: Wiwi 107


3:30pm - 3:45pm
Topics: 4.02 Within and Beyond - Research infrastructures that strengthen Open Science Practices in Geosciences

Strengthening Open Science Practices Through re3data, the Global Registry of Research Data Repositories

Nina Leonie Weisweiler1, Kirsten Elger2, Heinz Pampel1,4, Alexandra Axtmann3, Roland Bertelmann1, Thanh Binh Nguyen3, Edeltraud Schnepf3, Vivien Petras4, Angelika Semrau3, Dorothea Strecker4, Robert Ulrich3, Arne Upmeier3, Paul Vierkant5, Gabriele Weickert3, Michael Witt6

1Helmholtz Association, Helmholtz Open Science Office, Germany; 2GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Germany; 3Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany; 4Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany; 5DataCite - International Data Citation Initiative e.V., Germany; 6Purdue University, United States

For more than a decade, re3data (, the global registry of research data repositories, has helped researchers, funding agencies, libraries, and other research data services to find, identify, and reference research data repositories. As the world's largest directory of data repositories, re3data describes over 3100 infrastructures on the basis of its comprehensive metadata schema in May 2023. The service allows searching for research data repositories of any type and from all disciplines, and users can filter results based on a wide range of characteristics. The re3data descriptions are openly accessible via an API and are reused by numerous open science services, including DataCite Commons. re3data is engaged in various initiatives and projects concerning data management and is mentioned in the policies of scientific institutions, funding organizations, and publishers.

The presentation will focus on the growth, development, and accomplishments of re3data over more than 10 years that have resulted in re3data becoming the most comprehensive information and metadata resource on research data repositories. Further, the presentation will address how re3data’s activities can support the establishment of best practices, support open science, and facilitate networking within different research communities. With over 850 entries the field of geosciences is one of the most strongly represented subject groups in the registry.

3:45pm - 4:00pm
Topics: 4.02 Within and Beyond - Research infrastructures that strengthen Open Science Practices in Geosciences

LabInfrastructure@Geo.X – A Laboratory Infrastructure Search Portal for the Geo.X Network

Manja Luzi-Helbing1,2, Marc Hanisch1, Hannes Fuchs1, Hildegard Gödde1,2, Lutz Hecht3,4

1Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Telegrafenberg, 14473 Potsdam, Germany; 2Geo.X - Research Network for Geosciences in Berlin and Potsdam, Telegrafenberg, 14473 Potsdam, Germany; 3Museum für Naturkunde, Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung, Invalidenstraße 43, 10115 Berlin, Germany; 4Institute of Geological Sciences, Freie Universität Berlin, Malteserstr. 74-100, 12249 Berlin, Germany

LI@Geo.X is a search portal for the laboratory infrastructure in the Geo.X network, jointly developed by the network partners. It supports collaborations and joint projects by providing information on instruments, analytical methods, contact persons, location of the laboratories, and links to their websites. LI@Geo.X is undergoing further development as LabInfrastructure@Geo.X in the framework of the Helmholtz DataHub Initiative. We extend the metadata scheme by adding, e.g., access information to the laboratories, user regulations, key and data publications. As technical improvements we implement:

  • a web-based user interface (change request form) for submitting new or modified laboratory metadata. This change request form is also equipped with a vocabulary tool for keywording instruments and analytical methods. For this we use the controlled vocabularies of the NASA GCMD instrument keywords and a vocabulary adapted for the Geo.X network.
  • a management interface which facilitates the decentralised editing and maintenance of the laboratory metadata.
  • semantic search options and filter functions which are aligned with the needs of the scientific target groups.

Including over 220 entries, LabInfrastructure@Geo.X cooperates with various Helmholtz initiatives and is embedded into the NFDI4Earth landscape.

4:00pm - 4:15pm
Topics: 4.02 Within and Beyond - Research infrastructures that strengthen Open Science Practices in Geosciences

The BGR GeoPortal: Enabling Access and Integration of Geoscientific Data

Christoph Schettler, Gerd Arns-Krogmann

Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources, Germany

The BGR GeoPortal is a comprehensive platform that facilitates seamless access to geoscientific data, fostering data exploration and integration. In this abstract, we highlight several key features of the GeoPortal and discuss our ongoing efforts to address challenges in consolidating data sources and promoting data sharing.

To enhance the integration of geoscientific data with existing literature, the GeoPortal incorporates a linkage to the Geological Literature Linked Data (ZSN). This integration allows users to seamlessly connect relevant scientific publications with associated geospatial data, promoting a more holistic understanding of geological phenomena.

The inclusion of an RDF interface within the GeoPortal further supports data integration and interlinking. By providing a standard semantic web interface, the GeoPortal enables users to connect and exchange data with other systems, fostering a networked environment for collaborative research and data sharing.

4:15pm - 4:30pm
Topics: 4.02 Within and Beyond - Research infrastructures that strengthen Open Science Practices in Geosciences

The Geometadatenplattform METAVER and its application in the state Brandenburg/Germany

Beate Lukas

Ministry of Agriculture, Environment and Climate Protection of the State of Brandenburg, Germany

METAVER ( is the central platform for recording and publishing (INSPIRE) geospatial metadata from various federal states of Germany. It offers various interfaces for recording and further processing metadata. An editor tailored to the requirements in the institutional area supports standard-compliant recording, according to various aspects of metadata rules in Germany. A web application enables comfortable research and visualization of data sources and providing services. METAVER was implemented with the INGRID software, which is being developed as part of an administrative cooperation of all federal states of Germany.
In the state of Brandenburg, and here specifically in the environmental sector, various requirements are covered by the application. The requirements result, for example, from the Environmental Information Act, the INSPIRE Directive and the OpenData Act.
The talk describes the framework conditions of the application and its basic structure and discusses the synergy effects of the application throughout the METAVER partners.. It also describes the integration of data interfaces of the state of Brandenburg and their integration into processes such as the Opendata strategy and provision of metadata according to the INSPIRE Directive.

4:30pm - 4:45pm
Topics: 4.02 Within and Beyond - Research infrastructures that strengthen Open Science Practices in Geosciences

Open Data and more in the Geosciences – an introduction to GFZ Data Services

Kirsten Elger, Simone Frenzel, Florian Ott

GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam, Germany

For more than a decade, there is an increasing international demand for free and open access to publicly funded scientific research products. These include “classical” text manuscripts, data and software underlying scholarly publications, raw and curated observational data, and many more. Essential for the long-term preservation and re-use of these scientific datasets is the storage in appropriate, ideally domain specific repositories, accompanied by comprehensive data description and sufficient metadata for data discovery. These should include a licence for data re-use and sharing. Scientific datasets should be published using citable Digital Object Identifier (DOI).

GFZ Data Services is a repository for research data and scientific software across the Earth System Sciences, hosted at GFZ. The curated data are archived, persistently accessible and published with DOI. They range from large dynamic datasets from global monitoring networks with real-time acquisition, to international services in geodesy and geophysics, to the full suite of small and highly heterogeneous datasets collected by individual researchers or small teams ("long-tail data"). In addition to the DOI registration and data archiving itself, GFZ Data Services team offers comprehensive consultation by domain scientists and IT specialists.

This presentation will introduce to the broad service portfolio of GFZ Data Services, including project-specific DOI landing pages for our national and international partners, data curation practices, supporting tools like the online metadata editor, data description templates and extensive data publication guidelines. It will further show examples of how metadata exchange with other data portals is increasing the visibility of our data publications.