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Research Data at Freie Universität Berlin

The digital transformation has fundamentally altered research processes, methods, and procedures. Huge quantities of data are produced by numerous departments at Freie Universität Berlin every day. Many disciplines and projects use data as the basis or object of their research, not to mention adapting, analyzing, and visualizing them. Researchers are not only faced with the challenge of managing these data, but also making them usable and accessible in the long term, as well as making them available to others for subsequent use. The respective services, tools, and infrastructures are key to research data management, which today forms one of the core aspects of  scientific practice.
Both advisory and training formats are being continuously enhanced to support researchers in this process.
One of the central research data management services at Freie Universität Berlin is the institutional repository “Refubium”, where university members can  publish and store their research data.

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We offer advise on all aspects of research data management

Research Data Policy

The Research Data Policy of Freie Universität Berlin supports researchers, instructors, and students in applying good scientific practice when handling research data in order to ensure that research findings gain greater visibility and are made available in more sustainable formats. To this end, it provides a wide range of recommendations.

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Members of Freie Universität Berlin are entitled to publish their research data in its institutional repository, Refubium. This service is offered by the University Library and is free of charge for all members of the university. Published data are available for unrestricted use worldwide over the internet and they can be retrieved via different catalogues, search engines, and referencing systems. Along with long-term data storage for a minimum of ten years, the University Library provides persistent identifiers – such as DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) – to ensure that research data is permanently findable, retrievable and citable.




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Sibylle Söring, Team Lead

Esther Asef, Research Data Management Consultant

Heinz-Alexander Fütterer, Research Data Management Consultant

E-Mail: forschungsdaten@fu-berlin.de