National Research Data Infrastructure: IOER engages in two further consortia

In a second round, the Joint Science Conference of the Federal Government and the Heads of Government of the Länder (Gemeinsame Wissenschaftskonferenz – GWK) is funding further consortia for the development of the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI). The IOER is a partner in the consortia NFDI4Earth and BERD@NFDI.

The Joint Science Conference (GWK) decided at the beginning of July to fund ten further consortia for the development of the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI). The NFDI is intended to systematically systematically index, edit, interconnect and make available the valuable stock of data from science and research The multi-stage, science-led selection process of the second funding round led to the approval of ten out of 17 applications. In two of the consortia now being funded, the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) is contributing its expertise in the area of making geodata usable and visualising them for settlement and open space development:

NFDI4Earth - NFDI Consortium Earth System Research

NFDI4Earth addresses the digital needs of researchers in the Earth System Sciences. A multitude of sensor and simulation data in very high spatial, temporal and thematic resolution leads to rapidly increasing data volumes. The description and assessment of Earth system processes, their dependencies and changes therefore urgently requires efficient research data management as well as more powerful collaboration environments for joint, cross-disciplinary data analysis. The consortium brings together the leading national institutions in the Earth system sciences. It is coordinated by the Technische Universität Dresden.
Within the framework of NFDI4Earth, the IOER, together with the German Aerospace Center (DLR), is developing a "World Settlement Footprint". This "footprint" will retrospectively show how settlement areas are developing worldwide. The information will be available both as a research dataset for download and as a geoservice for integration into own working environments. High-resolution land use maps from the INSTITUT Monitor will be used as a reference in the application, and annual recalculations will ensure that the information is always up to date.
To the NFDI4Earth website

BERD@NFDI - NFDI for Economic Data and Related

This consortium will build and develop a national cloud-based platform for the application of artificial intelligence, machine learning and complex analytics in the field of economics and social sciences. The aim is to create a system of services and resources through which data and algorithms can be collected, made available, merged, analysed and shared. The University of Mannheim is coordinating the consortium. IOER will contribute its spatial science research data from the IOER Monitor to this consortium and link it with data from the economic sciences.
To the BERD@NFDI website

The IOER engages now in four of the currently 19 funded NFDI consortia and is thus specifically expanding its competences and services in the field of Spatial Data Science. Since 2020, the IOER has already been involved in the KonsortSWD, the consortium for the social, educational, behavioural and economic sciences, as well as in the NFDI4BioDiversity - Biodiversity, Ecology and Environmental Data.

Background National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI)
So far, data from science and research have mostly been available in a decentralized, project-related, or temporary form. The National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) has the objective to systematically index, edit, interconnect and make available these valuable stock of data. The federation and the states funds the NFDI jointly. Digital data storage is an indispensable prerequisite for treating new research issues, generating findings, and making innovations.
Further information on the NFDI

Scientific contact
Prof. Dr. Marc Wolfram, e-mail:
Dr.-Ing. Gotthard Meinel, e-mail:

The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development is jointly funded by the federal government and the federal states.

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This institute is co-financed by tax funds on the basis of the budget approved by the Saxon State Parliament.