re3data COREF Project

Starting in January 2020, the German Research Foundation (DFG) is funding re3data’s project “re3data - Community Driven Open Reference for Research Data Repositories (COREF)” over a period of 36 months. The goal of the project is to connect re3data as the reference for research data repositories with other services and infrastructures. Therefore, re3data will to provide customizable and extendable core repository descriptions that are persistently identifiable and can be referred to and cited in an appropriate manner.

The technical platform will be advanced to facilitate the reuse of reliable and trustworthy information on research data repositories. External parties and their integration of repository descriptions from re3data play a major role in the project. re3data will further develop its framework as a service for third parties to build applications and foster the usage of re3data as a community-driven source and reference for trustworthy repositories among the scientific community.

It is a joint project of the Berlin School of Library and Information Science at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, DataCite e.V., the Helmholtz Open Science Office at the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), and the KIT Library at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

Key steps to achieve project goals:

  • To provide customizable and extendable core repository descriptions that are persistently identifiable and can be referred to and cited in an appropriate manner. For that purpose, the project members work on an update and expansion of the current re3data metadata schema.
  • To develop a model of trust for authorized editing and adding metadata, which will enable further options for automated data exchange between services and machine-to-machine communication (e.g. to automatically include certification information from repository certification organizations like CoreTrustSeal).
  • To advance the overall infrastructure and build easily embeddable widgets and tools that take recent requirements of stakeholders using the re3data metadata and API into account.
  • To provide more sophisticated functions for monitoring and recommendation, for example of FAIR-enabling repositories.
  • To expand and strengthen collaboration and communication with stakeholders within the research data community.
  • To conduct a study on the status quo of quality assurance measures and standards in the context of research data repositories. Results from the study will guide further actions for the advancement of the re3data metadata schema and editorial process.
  • To implement the usage of authority files and persistent identifier systems like the Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID).
  • All the above activities will be carried out according to an updated conceptual model for the re3data service.