Open access to research data will shape the science of the future. Technische Universität Berlin’s goal is to make data originating within the University available to as many researchers as possible worldwide. At the same time, the University’s own researchers will benefit from open access to the data produced by other research institutions. To achieve this goal, the University’s Academic Senate passed a research data policy (PDF) in October 2019. This policy for use of data with “high reuse” potential essentially applies to all researchers at Technische Universität Berlin.
Technische Universität Berlin has been operating a sustainable and proven research data infrastructure for a number of years. In 2011, the University Library, Campus Management and Department V Research began pooling their expertise within the Research Data Management Service Center to provide a continually updated range of services for researchers. The central technical infrastructure services are the institutional repository DepositOnce and the web tool TUB-DMP, a generic instrument for the creation of data management plans. DepositOnce enables the long-term and secure archiving of research data and assigns the data a permanent digital object identifier (DOI). This data is made available worldwide as findable, interoperable and resusable data via search engines and databases.