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Data Competence Center DKZ.2R – The IT Center Is Part of It

March 9th, 2023 | by
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Source: Forschungszentrum Jülich

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding the conception and subsequent establishment of data competence centers for science. Working with research data will continue to be a trend in the future, and for this the planned data competence centers are intended to provide relief for scientists by offering support and networking services. Together with Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ), the IT Center of RWTH Aachen University is involved in the conception phase of the data competence center “DKZ.2R”.



Data competence centers enable the development of data science competencies for researchers and are places for learning, networking, and research.” (BMBF)



First funding phase of DKZ.2R started

The currently running first funding phase started on December 1, 2022 and will last until April 30, 2023. In this phase, 22 projects can submit conceptual designs for the development of a data competence center. The DKZ.2R data competence center application is led by Prof. Dr. Matthias Müller (IT Center, RWTH Aachen University) and by Prof. Dr. Stefan Sandfeld (IAS-9). Further partners of the DKZ.2R are the FH Aachen, the University of Cologne, the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University Bonn, the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, the Fraunhofer IAIS, the Ruhr-Univentrrsity Bochum and the University Duisburg-Essen. A total of ten projects will be funded for a period of three years. The data competence center “DKZ.2R” planned for the Rhine-Ruhr region, in which the IT Center and the FZJ are involved, is to have an interdisciplinary focus.

Specifically, DKZ.2R will focus on the holistic promotion of methodological data literacy (data science and artificial intelligence, research data management, high performance computing and simulation). In doing so, the measures will be tailored to the needs of researchers from the fields of life sciences, natural sciences and engineering, mathematics and computer science.


The establishment of the data competence centers is part of the German government’s data strategy and the BMBF’s Research Data Action Plan. The latter aims at imparting data competencies, developing data-based innovations, and elaborating data sovereignty.

Learn More

For more information on the DKZ.2R data competence center, please visit the FZJ pages and the BMBF pages.

If you have any questions about the DKZ.2R 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 Lina-Louise Kaulbach.

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