FUnctionality Sharing In Open eNvironments
Heinz Nixdorf Chair for Distributed Information Systems

Orientation in an ocean of data – more than a data portal


We are very pleased to announce that the project GFBio is funded with additional 5.8 million euros by the german research foundation (DFG) to continue the setup of a national data infrastructure in the filed of biological and environmental sciences.


Innovative research and new techniques in the field of environmental and ecosystem sciences not only lead to new understandings, but also to a flood of data. Now it is crucial to learn to manage this ocean of data. The aim is the long term availability of data in open access for users and interested public.  This is an essential precondition for subsequent re-use of the data, e.g. to study changes in plant and animal community compositions caused by climate change over decades. The better the data are accessible, the more profound are the scientific results and the resulting options of action.


By providing funds of 5.8 million euros, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft recognizes the importance of managing scientific data properly. The funding is the basis for the second phase of the German Federation for Biological Data (GFBio). The joint project is coordinated at the University of Bremen and involves 19 partners from all over Germany.


Our task in this project is to build up  and to further develop a portal, which is the central fully-customizable platform mediating the communication between data archives, services, and science, respectively users of GFBio via attractive web interfaces.


For further information, please have a look at http://www.gfbio.org