Baden-Württemberg’s research ministry is to offer funding of up to €3 million each to university projects aimed at producing a sustainable and standardised method of data management.
In a press release issued on 10 April, the ministry says that the risk of data loss is becoming a more serious problem as research results are increasingly digitised. Not only are data in danger of being lost, but there is also the possibility of them becoming unreadable or of their existence being unknown to researchers who could potentially use and build on them, the ministry says.
“Science produces and lives on data. To use these efficiently and for the long term, we need a more strategic way of managing them,” said Theresia Bauer, the state’s research minister.