Research Data

The library cooperates with other units dealing with scientific data. We give advice and inform about new trends. Our key issue is the publication of research data.

This includes information about research data journals like Earth System Science Data (ESSD) or the Geoscience Data Journal.

What can we provide for GFZ staff?

The accessibility of research data is guaranteed in many ways.

In this context the library offers some publication formats, which weren't available in the past. Published data sets are provided with Document Object Identifiers (DOI) analogue to the scientific text publication and can then be cited persistently in this way.

  • Data Supplements
  • Scientific Technical Report Data 

If you have any questions, please contact the library: datapub(at)

Publication of data supplements to complement a text publication

GFZ-Supplements can complement any single text publication.

Many publishing houses are already demanding permanent accessible deposit of data on which a text publication is based (see Nature as an example). Our format serves such requirements and offers the possibility to keep such data persistently available at GFZ.

Benefits of GFZ-Supplements

  • Makes it citable (DOI), long time accessibility.
  • A temporary access for reviewers is supplied (before publication).
  • Simultaneous publication of GFZ-Supplements with the referring text publication in journals and books.
  • An adequate Creative Commons-License is assigned.
  • The datasets can be offered in any structure and format (i.e. also as tables, maps, graphs, animations ...)

Requirements for GFZ-Supplements

  • The data published should be complete and consistent, changes are not intended.
  • As this data publication is closely connected to a certain text publication (and which gives interpretation), further interpretation of the data is not necessarily required.
  • Author and title information.
  • Cite it, including the DOI in the text publication.
  • Data publications follow the general guidelines for scientific publications of GFZ.

Please find here examples for data supplements.

Data supplements are integrated in the presentation of the related article. As an example see or

Scientific Technical Report Data STR Data

The GFZ series Scientific Technical Report (STR) of GFZ was extended to include data publication as "Scientific Technical Report Data" (STR Data). GFZ STR Data publishes stand-alone data sets, autonomous of a referring publication. Typical for the format report [source: Wikipedia] any further interpretation of the data is necessary, but of course a comprehensive description is included.

Different catagories describe the range of data sets which are suitable for the series  STR Data:
Compilations: Records can be submitted in unstructured formats (i.e. maps. diagrams, photos, animations, ...)
A description documents it and makes it comprehensible. 

Processible data sets: These data sets are at least semi-structured (i.e. by a markup language like XML) and is automatically readable. A further re-use is open to persons working in the field.

Reprocessible data sets: These data sets are structured, i.e. well defined tabulated and immediately reprocessible. Primary data is as well documented as the used procedures.

Benefits of  STR Data

  • Standalone publication, citable, long time accessible and disseminated by the library.
  • An adequate Creative Commons-License is assigned.
  • Formal quality check.

 Requirements for STR Data

  • STR Data Reports must be complete and comprehensive. Changes are not allowed, but  later versions can be published as new editions.
  • A comprehensive description describes the data set. The reliability and provenance of data is documented.
  • Author and title information.
  • STR Data follow the general guidelines for scientific publications of GFZ.

Please find here examples for STR Data.

Data Publication at GFZ

Data Citation at GFZ

Building a Culture of Data Citation / Poster [pdf, 1,3 MB]

Contact for Data Publishing

You want to publish data?

Contact the library!

New Project?

You are looking for a useful tool to organize your data? Please contact us.