Research Data Management


The University of Erfurt is a partner of the  Thuringian Competence Network for Research Data Management, which provides information and materials on the subject of "Research data management in Thuringia" on its website. Here on site we advise all members of the University of Erfurt as well as members of the Thuringian universities of applied sciences from the areas of humanities, economics and pedagogy on all aspects of research data management that emerge during research.
The Research Data Management Service located at the library works closely with the Research and Graduate Service and the URMZ. We cooperate with the data protection officer and establish the contact for the publication services of the Electronic Text Center.

For your project,  we would be happy to bring the right partners together.


We offfer consultation services on the following topics

  • FDM-related support for funding / project applications
  • Creation of a data management plan
  • Finding and citing research data
  • Publication of research data, licenses and persistent identification
  • Securing and archiving of research data

Thuringian RDM Days 2022

The Thuringian RDM Days were launched in 2019 by the the Thuringian Competence Network Research Data Management to raise awareness of the topic of research data management and its many facets throughout Thuringia. From June 20 to 24, 2022, the Thuringian Competence Network Research Data Management will host the Thuringian FDM Days 2022, this year (still) in the proven purely virtual format . 

Under the motto " Improve the way you work! - Werkzeuge für das Forschungsdatenmanagemet", each of the four Thuringian university campuses will present a category of specific digital tools for research data management. The events will be accompanied by short presentations and workshops, which give insights into the applications and, sometimes, allow you to test them. We invite all interested parties to make a note of the above-mentioned time period and to participate in the RDM Days.

Click here to register.

Detailed information about the lectures, the presented RDM tools and how to register can be found at the individual events. During the kick-off event of the FDM Days 2022, the prize for the FAIRest Dataset competition will be awarded.

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FDM Tage 2022 in Erfurt

Linotypes and Looms June 21st 11:30 to 15:30

Linotypes and Looms - In effizienten Strukturen Daten erfassen und Muster sichtbar machen

Linotypes, as the standard of newspaper typesetting made modern mass media possible. Isolating patterns from the fabric they were woven into hinged upon the development of punched cards for Jacquard looms. Experts  operate these instruments were in high demand during industrialization; without them, no article would have been printed and no shawl would have been woven. This synchrony of quality-assuring structure and human expertise is also central to the creation of knowledge.

Researchers  engaged in recording and analyzing oral and written testimonies and can draw on research environments that are similarly specialized in their approach and universal in their applications as linotypes and looms. Since both the decision to acquire such a tool and the investment in the development of one's own expert knowledge necessary tu use it well need to be considered, the Thuringian RDM  Days allows you to experience two research environments for the humanities as part of the Erfurt workshop.

Register and get hands-on impressions of how Oral.History-Digital and FuD support humanities research. Experience the possibilities of digital tools beyond the boundaries of your own discipline and get inspired.

As this is an interactive workshop, the event will not be recorded.

In order for you to be able to try out FuD for yourself, we ask you to agree to forward your login data to our speaker Marina Lemaire. She will then create individualized guest accounts and inform you about the technical aspects of the workshop such as accesses to the platform and the software to be installed. Please register up to  20.6.2022 under and/or  if you want to participate in the practical exercise on Oral-History.Digital in the workshop.


Agenda for June 21 June (Access via Zoom)

11: 30              Welcome

11: 45 – 13:15  The Oral-History-Forschungsstelle an der Universität Erfurt introduces (Agnès Arp and Alexandra Petri) itself  and the reseach envrionment Oral-History.Digital (Cord Pagenstecher)

13:30 - 15:00  Presentation of the FUD  research environment and hands on experience based on  emigrant letters  (Marina Lemaire)

15:00 - 15:30 Wrap up – Aspects of research environments - Expertise (with)in the system


The projects:


The FuD  software is and has been developed for qualitative research projects in the humanities and social sciences by the Servicezentrum eSciences and the Trier Center for Digital Humanities at the University of Trier. For more than 15 years, it has been used in over  50 Projects, to collect, process, analyze, publish, and archive research data collaboratively. Due to its high configurability, FuD can be used for a wide variety of project goals, research data and methods, e.g. for online and/or print editions, inventories, personal databases, linguistic studies or historical-geographical visualizations. In alternatimg lectures and hands-on sessions, the software system and its various applications will be presented with the help of the exemplary use case of  the creation of a digital letter edition. This gives  a first impression of what the transformation of traditional research work from planning to execution to publication and archiving can look like in digital working methods and which application possibilities FuD offers.


The focus of the Oral History Research Unit is the "East German experience". The research center takes up the specifics of the GDR and  its aftermath and discusses the methodology of oral history in this context.  The research center develops and establishes a concept for a respectful and fair dialogue, which especially deals with questions of power and participation. The aim is to make oral history sources accessible for a wider audience in the educational scector and society as a whole. For this purpose, oral history interviews are conducted, but also existing interviews are archived and processed in order to develop specific training offers for various social institutions and to enable a second evaluation. Finally, the research center also sees itself as a competence center and transfer organ for the collection, presentation and archiving of qualitative interviews.

Oral-History.Digital. A research environment for interviews

The projekt "Oral-History.Digital" ( is developing an indexing and research platform for scholarly collections of narrative interviews as audiovisual research data.  It supports collecting institutions and research projects in archiving, indexing, and providing as well as cross-collection research, annotation, and analysis of eyewitness interviews. The infrastructure is still under construction, but is already being used by collections such as "Zwangsarbeit 1939-1945" (, the árchive "Deutsches Gedächtnis" ( and the Oral-History-Forschungsstelle Erfurt ( 

Interview projects can post, edit, and provide audio and video interviews with transcripts, biographies, images, etc. in the indexing view. Collection owners will find tools and recommendations for transcription, speech recognition, keywording, etc. Depending on the state of indexing and the rights situation, the interviews can be made accessible by means of a differentiated user administration. Researchers can search across collections in the research view using metadata, maps, filter facets, and timecoded full texts, if applicable. They can view audio or video files with captions and annotate them in their workbook. In line with FAIR principles, Oral-History.Digital makes the interviews findable, accessible, linkable and reusable as audiovsiual research data. A differentiated rights management protects the personal rights of the interviewees. The infrastructure includes a media server for transcoding and streaming and a repository with indexing and research views. Long-term archiving with persistent identifiers via CLARIN ensures the permanent availability of the interviews, regardless of the project duration.




On the occasion of the Thuringian FDM Days 2022, the Thuringian Competence Network for Research Data Management is sponsoring the third "FAIRest Dataset" Award.


We are looking for: the FAIRest dataset in Thuringia

Have you or your research group published a dataset that complies with the FAIR principles? Then take part in the third FAIRest Dataset Award! The Thuringian Competence Network for Research Data Management (TKFDM) awards prize money of up to 2000 Euros to the dataset that best implements the FAIR principles. The FAIR principles were published in 2016 and are intended to help improve the findability and reusability of research data.


Award ceremony as part of the Thüringer FDM-Tage 2022

The winners will be announced during the Thüringer FDM-Tage 2022 and will have the opportunity to present their institution and their project. The Thüringer FDM-Tage are being organized by the Thuringian Competence Network for Research Data Management for the fourth time and are intended to make the various facets of the topic known throughout Thuringia. This year the motto is "Improve the way you work! - Werkzeuge für das Forschungsdatenmanagement" and the event will take place from June 20st to June 24th at the four university locations in Thuringia. More information on the Thüringer FDM-Tage 2022 will follow soon.


Conditions of participation

From February 15th to Mai 15th, 2022, all scientists at Thuringian universities have the opportunity to submit their published datasets, provided that they did not already receive the award in the first FAIRest Dataset competition. The submitted datasets are evaluated by the members of the Thuringian Competence Network for Research Data Management on the basis of the FAIR principles.


More information about the competition and the terms and conditions of participation can be found here.




Nadine Neute
Dr. Nadine Neute
Research Data Management
(Erfurt University Library)
Universitätsbibliothek (UB) / room 140
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