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Working Groups Advancing the Data Infrastructure

The FDI Committee introduced a comprehensive set of measures to safeguard quality in research data centres (RDCs) in cooperation with the German Data Forum (RatSWD) in its 5th appointment period. These measures included adjusting standard procedures and improving their transparency, promoting harmonisation of cross-RDC processes and achieving joint strategic capacity. Moreover, a string of activities have contributed to increasing the national and international visibility of the research data infrastructure in the social, behavioural and economic sciences and to further consolidating its unique structure. Most RDCs now provide English online portals and data documentation to facilitate data access for international researchers. All in all, this streamlined process  has resulted in numerous improvements for data users, data producers, and research funders.