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NFDI-MatWerk: Working Meeting at KIT

March 7th, 2024 | by
The Scientific Computing Center (SCC) on the North Campus of KIT

The Scientific Computing Center (SCC) on the North Campus of KIT
Source: IT Center

As our readers know, RWTH Aachen University is active in several consortia of the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI). This includes the IT Center of RWTH Aachen University in the NFDI-MatWerk consortium, which focuses on supporting the digital transformation in materials science and engineering. In this blog post, we share our impressions of the last working meeting at KIT.


Participation in the Consortium

Professor Mathias Müller is co-spokesperson of the NFDI-MatWerk consortium in the “Materials Data Infrastructure (MDI)” task area. In this context, the IT Center represents the infrastructure providers of the universities in the consortium and participates in the development of the Digital Materials Environment. In the MDI task area, the IT Center works together with the Scientific Computing Center (SCC) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) as a further infrastructure provider.

Integration into the scientific community is ensured by the Chair of Materials Science at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), the Max Planck Institute for Iron Research (MPIE) and the Institute for Applied Materials at KIT.


Working Meeting at KIT

The TA-MDI working group, which acts as a task area for Materials Data Infrastructure, has agreed on a regular personal exchange since the end of 2022. Since then, the internal working meetings have been held three times a year. The host institution rotates between KIT, FAU and RWTH. The SCC kicked off in 2024 from January 30 to February 1 on KIT’s North Campus (see picture).

After the pandemic, the task area is taking the opportunity to deepen the exchange and strengthen the productivity of the team in face-to-face meetings, which is particularly difficult in a multi-institutional initiative via purely online meetings.

This time, the focus of the meeting was mainly on how the consortium’s results can be better communicated to researchers in the future, including through data stewardship (Fig. 2). The purely technical view of the services offered by NFDI-MatWerk will be broken down and supplemented by user perspectives. To this end, two data stewards are working for NFDI-MatWerk at RWTH, Amirreza Daei Rezaei Moghaddam and Katharina M. E. Grünwald. The RWTH team is complemented by Sieriam Hunke (Coscine Development) and Marius Politze (Head of Research Process & Data Management).


Daei Rezaei Moghaddam, A. (2024). Effective Data Stewardship in NFDI-MatWerk (Version 1st). Zenodo.

Daei Rezaei Moghaddam, A. (2024). Effective Data Stewardship in NFDI-MatWerk (Version 1st). Zenodo.
Source: IT Center



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Responsible for the content of this article is Katharina Grünwald.

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