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Infrastructure for research data


German Federation for the Curation of Biological Data (GFBio)

From the idea, to collection and analysis, to publication: an infrastructure developed by the German Federation for Biological Data (GFBio) supports scientists in research data management.

Nineteen project partners, including natural history collections, libraries, bioinformatics institutes and environmental data archives, design and develop the GFBio platform since 2013. Working together across disciplines is the basis for the integration of diverse data.

The GFBio alliance has set itself the goal to support researchers in managing their data through the full data life cycle. The project partners developed software components and workflows based on a uniform data structure and created the GFBio platform.

A data management plan, spanning phases from project planning to the curation to the publication of the data and allocation of digital object identifiers (DOIs), gives researchers a head start even before data collection started. The scientific data is processed according to the FAIR principles: findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable.

The Museum für Naturkunde Berlin hosts a GFBio data centre for natural collections and biodiversity data. Project staff at the museum check and process data that researchers uploaded to the portal. The tools developed at the museum, BioCASe Monitor Service, for the management of distributed data sets, and Generic Data Module, for the modular composition of databases, have been integrated into GFBio.

The portal, the tools and services are coordinated by the Center for Marine Environmental Sciences and are constantly being expanded. The German Research Foundation (DFG) funds GFBio, currently in its third funding phase. NFDI4Biodiversity continues and develops many of the services.


Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft


(Third Phase) 01.04.2019 - 30.04.2021