Project EWIG

Development of workflow components for the long-term storage of research data in the geosciences

This project, funded by the DFG from 2011-2014, aimed at supporting the transfer of research data from different research environments to long-term digital archives. Its focus was the optimization of the ingest process at the transfer interface between the discipline-specific data producer and any long-term archive.

In geosciences, workflows and infrastructures for research data management are already comparatively well developed - nevertheless, there are gaps in the data flow between the various stages in the "Digital Curation Continuum". The first project phase served to identify existing gaps and to network with similar projects in Germany through more than 20 expert interviews with infrastructure facilities and data centres.

In the second phase questions concerning the technical quality assurance of research data and workflows in a long-term archive were dealt with. On the other hand institutional policies for research data management have been developed which can be used as templates for different geoscientific institutions. In addition courses for teaching and advanced training have benn designed and tested in universtiy education to establish the topic of research data management more firmly in the scientific discipline.


Klump, J., Ulbricht, D., & Conze, R. (2015). Curating the web’s deep past – Migration strategies for the German Continental Deep Drilling Program web content. – GeoResJ, 6, p. 98-105.

Bertelmann, R.,  Gebauer, B., Hasler, T., Kirchner, I., Peters-Kottig, W., Razum, M., Recker, A., Ulbricht, D. & van Gasselt, S. (2014). Einstieg ins Forschungsdatenmanagement in den Geowissenschaften. Potsdam, Berlin, 28 S.

Hasler, T., & Peters-Kottig, W. (2013). Vorschrift oder Thunfisch? – Zur Langzeitverfügbarkeit von Forschungsdaten. - LIBREAS. Library Ideas, 23, p. 64-75.

Presentations and Posters

Gebauer, P., Kirchner, I., & Mettig, N. (2014). Workflow tools for long-term storage of geoscientific data and education of future scientists in data management. 10th ECAC/14th EMS Annual Meeting, Prague. EMS Abstracts Vol. 11, EMS2014-258.

Bertelmann, R., Elger, K., & Pampel H. (2014). Forschungsdateninfrastrukturen am Deutschen GeoForschungsZentrum GFZ ? Policies und Dienstleistungen. 1. DINI/nestor-Workshop “Institutionelle Forschungsdaten-Policies und strategische Planung des Forschungsdatenmanagements”.

Ulbricht, D., Bertelmann, R., Gebauer, P., Hasler, T., Kirchner, I., Klump, J., Mettig, N., Peters-Kottig, W., & Rusch, B. (2014). Creating preservation metadata from XML-metadata profiles. EGU General Assembly 2014. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 16, EGU2014-9710.

Gebauer, P., Bertelmann, R., Hasler, T., Kirchner, I., Klump, J., Mettig, N., Peters-Kottig, W., Rusch, B., & Ulbricht, D. (2014). Data Management and Archiving – a Long Process. EGU General Assembly 2014, Vienna, 27.04.-02.05. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 16, EGU2014-6672-1.

Kirchner, I., Bertelmann, R., Gebauer, P., Hasler, T., Mettig, N., Klump, J., Peters-Kottig, W, Rusch, B., & Ulbricht, D. (2013). Workflows for ingest of research data into digital archives – tests with Archivematica. AGU Fall meeting 2013.

Ulbricht, D., Klump, J. & Bertelmann, R. (2013) Multi-facetted Metadata – Describing datasets with different metadata schemas at the same time, (Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol. 15, EGU2013-6894, 2013), General Assembly European Geosciences Union (Vienna, Austria 2013).

Gebauer, P., Kirchner, I., Mettig, N., & Hirt, M. (2013). Datenmanagement – Institutioneller Workflow dank Policies. DACH 2013, Innsbruck, 02.-06.09.2013.

Gebauer, P., Kirchner, I., & Hirt, M. (2013). The Implementation of Policies – Regulating Institutional Data Management. EGU 2013, Wien, 07.-12.04.2013.

Peters-Kottig, W., & Hasler, T. (2013). Ist auch drin was draufsteht? Qualitätssicherung bei der Langzeitarchivierung von Forschungsdaten. 5. Bibliothekskongress, Leipzig, 12.03.2013.

Bertelmann, R., & Klump, J. (2012). VRE als Prêt à Porter. 101. Deutscher Bibliothekartag 2012, Hamburg, 15.-18.05.2012.

Gebauer, P.; Kirchner, I.; Peters-Kottig, I.; Klump, J.; Bertelmann, R.; Rusch, B.; Ulbricht, D.; Wattenbach, M. (2012). Geoscience data: Defining policies and workflow tools for long-term storage of continuously and temporarily collected data, (EGU General Assembly 2012, Wien, 22.-28.04.2012).

Klump, J., & Ulbricht, D. (2011). panMetaDocs – A tool for collecting and managing the long tail of small science data. AGU Fall Meeting 2011.

Peters-Kottig, W., Klump, J., Kirchner, I., Bertelmann, R., Rusch, B., Wattenbach, M., Ulbricht, D. & Gebauer P.: Where are the gaps in the data lifecycle? Developing policies and workflow tools for digital preservation of research data in the geosciences. AGU Fall Meeting 2011.

Other Project Results

Draft of an institutional takeover agreement of the Zuse Institute Berlin to structure the ingest process of data into a long-term archive (German only).
Last updated November 2014: ZIB_Muster_Uebernahmevereinbarung

Institutional Policy on the Organisation of Data Projects at the Institute for Meteorology of the FU Berlin (German only).
Last updated July 2013: IfM_policy-datenprojekte


Ways into Heads. Research Data Management: Organizational, technical, and legal challenges. Karlsruhe, 15.09.2014.

Wege in die Köpfe. Forschungsdatenmanagement in den Geowissenschaften. Berlin, 03.-04.07.2014.
Impressions of the Berlin Workshop:

Participants of the workshop "Wege in die Köpfe", Berlin, 03.-04.07.2014
Flipchart 1 "Individual data management"
Flipchart 2 "Individual data management"
Flipchart "Structure of own data"
Flipchart 1 "Tools for data management"
Flipchart "Tools from users view point"
Flipchart 2 "Tools for data management"
Flipchart "Structure of the brochure"
Flipchart 1 "Costs of data management"
Flipchart 2 "Costs of data management"
Flipchart 3 "Costs of data management"
Flipchart 4 "Costs of data management"
Flipchart "Q & A for Intelligent Openness"
Flipchart "Aspects of Intelligent Openness"
Flipchart "Wishes for Intelligent Openness"
Flipchart "Limits of Intelligent Openness"
Flipchart "Structure of Intelligent Openness"
Flipchart "Pool of topics and ToDos"

Symposium Research Data Infrastructures – FDI 2013. Projects Radieschen, EWIG,, KomFor and BoKeLa. Potsdam, 22.01. 2013