Research processes give rise to a multitude of data. The right strategy in dealing with this research data provides huge potential for its subsequent use and includes a number of steps from planning to collection, processing, analysis, archiving and long-term storage. The "FAIR" principles ensure that research data and thus the research process are

  • findable,
  • accessible,
  • interoperable and
  • reusable.

Metadata are a key requirement for research data to be findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable. Metadata are data describing data, such as an author's name, file type, year of publication, DOI.

TU Wien Bibliothek has a wealth of experience and expertise in assigning and exchanging metadata and brings these strengths to bear on research data. As a result, we provide advice to the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), as well as to subject-specific platforms and repositories (s, opens an external URL in a new windowee also our advisory services and range of courses); we also assign Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) for research data and run the DOI Service Austria. DOIs ensure that research data can be cited reliably and permanently.

We support the concept of open data, promote open science and develop new strategies for dealing with data, for example regarding the initiation and implementation of the institutional Policy for Research Data Management (RDM) at TU Wien, opens an external URL in a new window and the establishment of the Center for Research Data Management, opens an external URL in a new window.

The library is represented in the following national and international initiatives and organisations:

  • DataCite e.V.
  • e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG)
  • Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR)
  • Research Data Alliance (RDA) Austria
  • Task Force Openness of Science and Technology