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Source: Federal Ministry of Education and Research

12.11.2020Press release: 173/2020

Federal Research Minister provides new impetus for digitization in science

The action plan “ErUM-Data – from Big Data to Smart Data” will be published today, Thursday. The aim is to make better use of the great potential of digital solutions from basic research in order to enable excellent research in the future and at the same time to overcome social challenges. Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek explains: “Increasing digitization is accelerating our science and also helping to overcome borders – between research disciplines, but also between nations. Intelligently processed data, rapid exchange and interdisciplinary collaboration are therefore the keys to future scientific success in cutting-edge research. In addition, new data usage skills contribute to solving societal challenges. We see that clearly in the current pandemic. When researching the corona virus, the large-scale equipment used in basic research is of particular importance. With the help of digital methods, they allow deep insights into the structures and functions of the virus. These results can then be used, for example, in drug development. With our action plan ‘ErUM-Data – from Big Data to Smart Data’ we want to accelerate the transfer of basic research into practical application. In this way, we ensure that innovative research results arrive in practice promptly and can improve people’s lives. So that basic research in digitization can now move forward quickly, we will start implementing our action plan this year. ”Background: With the ErUM-Data action plan, the BMBF is creating the necessary framework to meet the challenges of digital change in basic scientific research more quickly and more systematic to deal with. To this end, the action plan defines measures in the three overarching subject areas “Research Data Management”, “Federated Digital Infrastructures” and “Software and Algorithms”. When implementing the measures, the focus is on the transdisciplinary networking of the ErUM research areas with other relevant areas (such as mathematics, computer science and data science), the expansion of digital skills and a structured transfer of knowledge and technology Set up a central networking and transfer point for the actors of the various disciplines in basic scientific research, the so-called “ErUM Data Hub”. The impulses and ideas gained from this will be incorporated into the planned funding campaigns for research and development projects in the above-mentioned subject areas. Funding of up to 120 million euros is budgeted for the implementation of ErUM data over the next ten years. The goals and measures of the ErUM-Data action plan fit into national and global strategies for digitization: They complement the BMBF digital strategy and the high-tech strategy 2025 and make important contributions to the federal government’s AI and data strategy, of which ErUM-Data is part of the BMBF framework program “Research into Universe and Matter” (ErUM), through which the BMBF funds excellent basic research in and from Germany with 1.5 billion euros annually. In order to research the universe and matter, Germany is involved in more than two dozen unique large-scale devices around the world – such as particle accelerators, X-ray light sources and large telescopes. Around 10,000 scientists from German research institutions and universities work on these large-scale devices with international partners in order to continuously expand today’s knowledge and create the basis for the technologies of tomorrow and beyond.


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