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RDM Projects from Germany – Data Literacy in NFDI

October 6th, 2022 | by


National Research Data Infrastructure Germany (NFDI)


Data literacy describes the planned and competent handling of data. It is a key competency for effective Research Data Management (RDM).


“A high level of data literacy is more important than ever against the background of large, heterogeneous data volumes and demanding user programs,”


says NFDI Director Prof Dr York Sure Vetter [1]. For this reason, the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) e.V. association is striving to increase data literacy in science and has launched the Data Literacy in NFDI project for this purpose. As part of our series “RDM Projects from Germany”, we present the new project to you.

What it’s about

The project name already indicates that data literacy in the context of NFDI is the subject of the investigation. The aim is to make the topic of data literacy more visible overall.

The initiative will identify opportunities for expansion and support, as well as develop strategic ideas for using the NFDI network to expand data literacy across disciplines.

To this end, the first step will be to determine the current range of ongoing and planned data literacy training courses in the consortia and to make them transparent in an overview. In the further course, the needs for data literacy trainings for researchers will be analyzed with the help of surveys and expert interviews, and corresponding concepts and solutions will be developed.


Duration and funding

The project, which started in mid-July, is part of the German government’s data strategy and will be funded for two years by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).


Learn more

More information will be made available as the project progresses at

If you have any questions about the RDM network or RDM in general, just write a message to the IT-ServiceDesk.

The RDM team looks forward to hearing from you.


Responsible for the content of this article is Sophia Nosthoff.



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