The German Data Forum's (RatSWD) overarching goal is to improve access to high-quality research data. To this end, the RatSWD mediates between the interests of researchers and producers of data and is responsible for the nationwide coordination of the strategic development of the German research data landscape in the social, behavioural and economic sciences.
Additionally, the RatSWD plays a key role in the initiation and establishment of the standards for collection, storage, provision, and quality assurance of research data. Through combined technical and organizational solution models, researchers are offered user-friendly, quality-assured data access in the provided Research Data Centres (FDZ).
Although the RatSWD has made great progress in improving access to research data, many relevant information sources still lie dormant and remain inaccessible for researchers. One key task of the RatSWD is to expand access to institutional information and datasets, as well as the further development of existing data access. It lays particular focus on subject areas that are relevant for both science and policy.