Project GRAcE

Göttingen Research Data Exploratory (GRAcE) –
Management parameters derived from the Göttingen eResearch Alliance

Project duration

June 2017 – May 2019 (extended until August 2019)


The project Göttingen Research Data Exploratory (GRAcE), funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), identifies generalisable parameters of research data management (RDM) in order to provide a cost estimation and to define criteria for the scalability of RDM services. These will serve as the basis for the development of a long-term planning instrument for the establishment and sustainable operation of data management services at a research campus. Using the example of the Göttingen Campus, the project investigates two areas in particular:

Cost model

What is the effort – in terms of technology as well as staff – to facilitate research data management services at a campus on a sustainable, long-term basis? Can general criteria be derived from the results and applied to other campuses? The estimation and predictability of the costs for the so called long tail of science is a challenge in this respect.


Large research associations such as the DFG funded Collaborative Research Centres (CRC) often implement subject-specific RDM solutions. To what degree and with how much effort can such tailor-made solutions be transferred to other contexts and merged into an RDM infrastructure covering all disciplines? What are relevant criteria to determine if a service is suitable for a more widespread use and for its transfer to other contexts? The particular challenge here is to strike a balance between subject-specific requirements and generic basic services.
The criteria and effort for transferability will be tested in cooperation with the German Primate Centre (DPZ) and the Digitization and Computational Analysis Campus Lab coordinated by the Göttingen Centre for Digital Humanities (GCDH).

GRAcE cooperates closely with the eResearch Alliance, for example on requirements analysis, and builds on its previous work and experience. In turn, the results of GRAcE contribute to the further development of eRA services and to ensure the sustainability of the infrastructure for supporting research data management at Göttingen Campus.


May 28, 2019: GRAcE-Workshop on RDM costs and efforts (slides).

November 26/27, 2018: Workshop on research data management and infrastructure in Collaborative Research Centres (CRCs). Website and short report (only in German).


Results and reports are published in


Göttingen State and University Library (SUB)
Gesellschaft für wissenschaftliche Datenverarbeitung mbH Göttingen (GWDG)
University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG), Department of Medical Informatics




Funding Reference Number: 16FDM020


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