Last day at CoRDI: Emphasizing Interdisciplinary Exchange

Under the banner "connecting communities", the city of Karlsruhe has witnessed the 1st Conference on Research Data Infrastructure (CoRDI). This event, running from 12th to 14th September 2023, at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)'s South Campus, has been a collaborative endeavour between the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) e.V. and KIT.


The primary focus of CoRDI is to foster the establishment of an interdisciplinary research data management (RDM) system. It offers an arena for participants from NFDI and those interested in RDM to present their contributions towards a future-oriented, excellent RDM, and to engage in a lively exchange on the most recent advancements in the field.

Since the commencement of CoRDI on 12th September 2023, our consortium, NFDI-MatWerk, has been actively participating in the conference. Today, on its concluding day, Prof. Dr. Harald Sack of the Task Area Ontologies from FIZ Karlsruhe elucidated the topic “Knowledge Graph-based RDM Solutions: NFDI4Culture – NFDI-MatWerk – NFDI4DataScience” during the "Linking RDM" session. What is the presentation about? Drawing from our involvement in the NFDI4Culture and NFDI-MatWerk projects, we've proposed a generalized knowledge graph-centric RDM solution suitable for various consortia. This solution entails creating a unified NFDI core ontology tailored to individual domains, forming the foundation of a knowledge graph (KG) that details consortium-specific research data and software assets. Serving as the backbone of a web portal, this KG facilitates seamless data access and management. While this solution is operational for NFDI4Culture and soon to be integrated by NFDI-MatWerk, it sets a precedent that could be replicated by other consortia. Our initiatives are currently in alignment with the ongoing endeavours to incorporate a knowledge graph in NFDI4DataScience.

Yesterday, we had a strong performance with Yusra Shakeel's presentation on „Long-Term Interoperability of Distributed Research Data Infrastructure".

Beyond its academic merits, CoRDI represents a paramount platform for scholarly discourse and networking with interdisciplinary consortia. But it's not just about intellectual discussions; it's a place for personal handshakes and face-to-face exchanges, epitomized by the interaction between Prof. Dr. Chris Eberl and Prof. Dr. York Sure-Vetter, the Director of NFDI. The warmth and camaraderie witnessed here are indicative of the collaborative spirit that drives forward the world of research and innovation.

Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) under the National Research Data Infrastructure – NFDI 38/1 – 460247524

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