Baden-Württemberg support and further development for research data management

bw2FDM was structured in four areas:

  • Coordination of the cross-cutting topics of the four Science Data Centers (SDCs) in Baden-Württemberg
  • Further development of the information platform
  • Advice and training in the field of research data management (RDM)
  • Planning and carrying out the conference E-Science Days

One aim of the project was to assist the SDCs with building up the centres as well as with addressing joint questions. This included activities to promote the network between the SDCs, link them to the project bwHPC-S5, and increase their visibility for the research communities in Germany and Europe. In particular, bw2FDM complemented the SDCs' activities especially  by establishing working groups to work on cross-cutting topics, such as legal questions, external presentation, business models, metadata, training/education.

Furthermore, bw2FDM has advanced the information platform This platform is the leading German language information source for all questions related to research data management (RDM) with RDM-specialists from the entire German-speaking area working together as editors. The information platform was evaluated during the current project phase. The research areas have been expanded and further initiatives have had the opportunity to present themselves in the section on RDM in the German-speaking area.

The project offered trainings and webinars, and training material was provided as OERs, for example on The visibility of the activities was ensured through systematic networking and outreach during conferences and in publications. The software Research Data Management Organiser (RDMO) was expanded for compiling data management plans.

Last but not least, bw2FDM organized the E-Science-Days 2021 and 2023, and thereby supports the nationwide exchange of knowledge and experiences related to RDM. The results and presentations are made available as open access publications.

bw2FDM is continued and built on the structures and results of its predecessor projects bwFDM-Info I and bwFDM-Info II.


RDA 2020 Grafik Kreis

   bw2FDM overview by working areas / Axtmann u. Reifschneider / CC BY 4.0




The project was funded by Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research, and the Arts (MWK).