Research Data Management

2nd Workshop on FAIR data in Plasma Science

We are happy to announce the second workshop on research data management in Plasma Science. NP, CAU and RUB are now organizing the 2nd Workshop on FAIR Data in Plasma Science, which will take place from May 3-4, 2023 at the Event Center at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, see also 

The workshop is aimed at researchers at different stages for exchange on the topic of data management. Topics of the workshop are electronic lab journals, practical questions in the daily handling of research data management systems as well as the presentation of already established solutions. In addition, an interactive part is planned, which will deal with the question of how to get standards into the laboratory. Here, all participants are invited to contribute their ideas and your practical expertise.


Research Data Management

Data Stewards from Finland visit RUB

An Erasmus program enables exchange among university staff. RUB welcomes guests from the University of Oulu.

RUB receives a visit from Finland. The Erasmus+ Staff Mobility Program enables visits of university staff to expand internationalization. From the UNIC partner university Oulu in Finland, researchers from different faculties are visiting RUB to exchange ideas on research data management.

On May 11, 2022, the so-called Data Stewards will be welcomed at an event hosted by RUB, the University of Duisburg Essen (UDE) and the Technical University (TU) Dortmund at the Event Center on campus. The Data Stewards are responsible for the Faculty of Education, Oulu Business School, Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Technology and Faculty of Science and Biocenter Oulu.

The participating guests are Data Stewards from various collaborative projects, personnel from the libraries and central IT, and interested researchers from the three universities of the University Alliance Ruhr. In addition to the RUB, these include the UDE and TU Dortmund. On May 12, the program for the Finnish guests will also include one-on-one discussions and roundtable discussions in smaller groups. These include, for example, laboratory tours of the Collaborative Research Centers "Extinction Learning" (SFB 1280) and "Transient Atmospheric Pressure Plasmas - from Plasma to Liquids to Solids" (SFB 1316), a discussion round on the topic of Open Science and talks with the University Library, the WORLDFACTORY Start-up Center and the Materials Research Department.

adapted from Katrin Heyer

INP RUB Meeting

On Friday, 26.11.2021, scientists from Greifswald and Bochum met in a zoom meeting to discuss about metadata of atmospheric pressure plasmas. From both sides the meeting was led by RDM representatives. The results will be used in the development of metadata standards in plasma physics. The next meeting is on 21.01.2022 on low pressure plasmas.

Research data management

Data Stewards

The challenge of the INF project's work in CRC 1316 is the diversity of the individual review boards. Here, therefore, it makes sense for communication to take place through representative contacts in the groups. These are informed about new developments in the RDM through regular meetings and at the same time can communicate the needs from the groups to the INF team.

Research Data Management

Research Data Management Repository

The original data of publications within the CRC1316 are stored within a central repository, where beside the set of original data in a readable file format (txt, csv, ...) can be downloaded. The research data include full documentation of the meta data belonging to the research data.


Collaborative Research Centre 1316 (CRC 1316) – Research Data Management Policy

Research data are a central output of scientific disciplines. They promote the increase of the scientific knowledge base and are the basis for future research projects. The documentation of research data should follow subject-specific standards. The long-term archiving of research data is important for the quality assurance of any scientific work, but is also a fundamental prerequisite to allow the reusability of research results.
This research data policy expresses the commitment of the researchers within the Collaborative Research Centre 1316 (CRC 1316) and follows the guidelines of the research data policies of the German Science Foundation and of the research data policy of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum:

  1. The research data should be archived and/or published in the long term in a suitable trustworthy data archive or repository. They are part of the scientific output of the researchers.
  2. The project leaders and independent researchers are responsible for the research data management of their research projects. In particular, they are obliged to ensure compliance with good scientific practice and professional standards. All persons working on a research project are responsible for the correctness of the data they collect and for compliance with the regulations they have established. Research data management is to be seen as an integral part of the research project. The researchers are responsible for the research data management of their research projects.
  3. The members of the CRC 1316 observe ethical, data protection and copyright or secrecy-worthy interests in research data management. This does not affect the examination of research data in terms of the German Employee Invention Act. When transferring rights of subsequent use or publication, care should be taken to ensure that the data remains freely available for scientific purposes. The protection of personal data, copyright and the legitimate interests of third parties shall remain unaffected. In the event of a transfer of subsequent use or publication rights, care is taken to ensure that the data remain freely available for scientific purposes.
  4. The CRC 1316 promotes and supports free access to research data. It recommends making research data as well as scientific publications publicly accessible as early as possible in accordance with the RUB Open Access Resolution. In the event of a transfer of subsequent use or publication rights, care is taken to ensure that the data remains freely available for scientific purposes. However, researchers are not obliged to make research data available to persons outside the project team prior to processing, evaluation and publication, subject to disclosure to commissions. Contractual agreements also remain unaffected.
  5. The CRC 1316 is adapted to the basic research data infrastructure of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and, thus, ensures appropriate storage and technical availability of digital research data. Digital research data will be stored and archived in the RUB's IT and information infrastructure or in recognized external or internal specialist repositories. External partners may use the RUB IT infrastructure or guarantee to use a similar infrastructure to ensure appropriate storage of digital research data.
  6. Research data can be published in the repository of the research department plasmas with complex interactions (RDPCI): Every project leader is granted access to this platform and is supported by the RDPCI staff to publish his or her research data. They are part of the scientific output of the CRC 1316 researchers. This research data should be archived for at least 10 years.
  7. The groups of the CRC 1316 appoint a data steward who advises the scientists on entering data and metadata into the repository.
  8. The PIs of CRC 1316 commit themselves to follow discipline specific metadata standards.
  9. The CRC 1316 participates in the further development of the metadata standards in coordination with the working group of the plasma physics association of the DPG.

(adopted 30.6.2020)


Information event on Research Data Management

On March 2nd, the SFB 1316 together with the SFB-TR 87 and RDPCI hosted an information event on the implementation of a Research Data Policy for the research groups.

As research data management has evolved to be a significant part of today’s research, there is an urgent need to implement a system to store and access all research data. The system should enable interdisciplinary research and re-use of research data at a high quality and standard structures. These standard structures are especially challenging as there are several research and documentation methods in the field of plasma physics.

A Research Data Repository of the RD Plasma is currently developed in corporation with the INP Greifswald.

In addition, the participation in the joint project „Quality assurance and networking of research data in plasma technology – QPTDat” (German title:„Qualitätssicherung und Vernetzung von Forschungsdaten in der Plasmatechnologie – QPTDat"), which is funded by the BMBF, should improve the research data management and help to implement standard structures.