Digital research data at TU Darmstadt

Digital Research Data at TU Darmstadt

We welcome you to ULB’s introductory websites to digital research data at TU Darmstadt.

The University and State Library Darmstadt (ULB) supports all TU members according to the executive board's assignment with securing, archiving, publishing and re-use of research data. We cooperate with TU's computing centre (HRZ) and TU's Directorate for Research and Technology Transfer (Dezernat VI).

Therefore, the university passed the Guidelines on Digital Research Data at TU Darmstadt in December 2015.

Please find helpful information on the following topics here:

What are Research Data?

Research Data are the most essential resource in modern science. Scientific hypotheses and theories are formed and verified by research data. The German Research Foundation (DFG) considers their Guidelines on how to deal with Research Data (German only) from 2015 as “crucial foundation for all scientific work”. The DFG also points out the importance of research data for research and science by acknowledging that the variety of research data “resembles the variety of scientific disciplines, epistemological interests and research types.”

The Guidelines on how to deal with digital research data at TU Darmstadt define research data as all digital data, “that are produced during the process or as the outcome of experiments, measurements, simulations, software developments, studies of primary sources, inquiries or surveys.” This includes everything from pictures to multi-dimensional models, audio and video recordings, texts, tables, databases and even computer programs (source code and application software). Subject or device specific raw data in various formats are also considered as research data.

To make use and understand research data, correct documentation and software is vital. Research data are often preserved in different aggregation levels and very specific digital formats that correspond to their different disciplines.