Dr. Birgit Schmidt

Research Data Management at the University of Goettingen: Stepping up Research Data Support at the University of Goettingen
Dr. Birgit Schmidt, Göttingen State and University Library, Germany

Abstract. Data are a core asset of research and the progress of knowledge, – coined as the ‘new oil’ by Neelie Kroes, outgoing European Commission’s Vice President for the Digital Agenda in 2012. Based on growing local demands but also due to the European Commission’s and other funders’ requests to improve the management and sharing of research data, several universities in Europe and world-wide are stepping up their infrastructures and support for research data management. Together with researchers from selected fields, Goettingen University (UGOE) is piloting infrastructure and support measures. The expansion of these activities will be coordinated by the Göttingen eResearch Alliance, which is run by the Göttingen State and University Library (SUB) together with the Computing and IT Competence Centre Göttingen (GWDG). The recently published data management policy strengthens the university’s commitment and will be instrumental for raising awareness and the implementation of good practices among research groups.

Bio. Dr. Birgit Schmidt coordinates international and national projects and initiatives in the Electronic Publishing unit at the Goettingen State and University Library. Currently, she serves as Scientific Secretary of the LIBER Steering Committee on Scholarly Communication and Research Infrastructures. Previously, she acted as Scientific Manager of the European OpenAIRE project (2009-2012) and as Executive Director of the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR). After finishing a PhD in Mathematics, she completed a postgraduate degree in Library and Information Science