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Accreditation, Monitoring and Evaluation

The German Data Forum (RatSWD) is an advisory board made up of elected representatives from the data-using scientific community in the social sciences and appointed representatives of major German data producers. The FDI Committee consists of representatives from all accredited research data centres (RDCs). It complements the German Data Forum‘s strategic focus with a focus on day-to-day challenges and quality assurance.


The German Data Forum (RatSWD) has developed standards and criteria for the accreditation of RDCs. Fully operational RDCs need to meet three mandatory criteria (in addition to further information criteria):

  • provide at least one data access path
  • provide sufficient data documentation
  • ensure the long-term availability of the data

Monitoring and Complaints Management

The FDI Committee elects a monitoring commission which manages:

  • the annual monitoring of all accredited RDCs
  • complaints from the research community about data access policies in RDCs

The cooperation between the FDI Committee and the RatSWD