NFDI4Objects - Research Data Infrastructure for the Material Remains of Human History: Task Area 6 "Qualification, Integration and Harmonisation"

Project graphic from NFDI4Objects Shirley Sidharta , CC BY SA 4.0

The National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) aims to systematically develop, secure and make accessible publicly funded research data. In addition, standards for the management of data are to be developed and the national and international networking of these is to be ensured. The NFDI is designed by its users in cooperation with scientific infrastructure institutions that work together in subject-oriented consortia. One of these consortia is NFDI4Objects - Research Data Infrastructure for the Material Legacies of Human History. NFDI4Objects is a multidisciplinary consortium and addresses the needs of researchers and practitioners whose work focuses on the material heritage of some three million years of human and environmental history.


Together with the Klassik Stiftung Weimar, i3mainz is responsible for the Hochschule Mainz within this consortium as co-applicant of Task Area 6 Qualification, Integration and Harmonisation (TA 6). The core concern of our work in TA 6 is to promote and expand qualified training and further education in the field of research data management (FDM) in the object-related ancient sciences. Support for this is provided by the Ruhr-Universität Bochum as a particpant in the consortium.

Specifically, existing formats and courses are to be supplemented in such a way that current impulses from the consortium are directly reflected in university and in-service training and further education. In addition, TA 6 would like to place the subject area of FDM more strongly in the focus of teaching and also create access to self-learning for scientists working in practice. Our content should be oriented towards the needs of the community and results should be made available directly in scalable learning units as Open Educational Resources (OER). In addition, we are establishing a multi-layered competence framework Research Data Management for university education and professional qualification. The university is also actively involved in the Coordination Office (CO) of NFDI4Objects, which ensures that all task areas within the consortium are closely interlinked. The university is also represented as a participant in TA 7 Support and Coordination. Here we are responsible for the implementation of NFDI4Objects Commons. It is intended to serve as a platform for the recommendations, standards and guidelines developed in participatory processes throughout the consortium.


Previous activities of TA 6 and i3mainz in the context of NFDI4Objects:

  • The i3mainz played a leading role in the successful application of the consortium.
  • Development of the binding cooperate design for the entire consortium.
  • Design of all illustrations, flowcharts and organisation charts for the full proposal as well as additional materials for oral presentations on the project.
  • Implementation of the Kick-Off Meeting of the consortium partners from 15 to 16 June 2023 in Trier. In cooperation with mainzed.
  • Evaluation of existing offers and recording of the competences taught so far in teaching offers with digital reference in the training institutions of the various archaeological disciplines.