In addition to our ongoing tasks, we are also turning our attention to strategic digitalization projects in the years ahead. The CSD Service Unit is involved in a number of projects funded through the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) "Digital Transformation in Higher Education" funding scheme. The CSD is also the central development partner in the digital transformation of TU Wien's Buildings and Technology Department.
AHESN next forms the basis for developing greater transparency and flexibility in inter-university business processes and technical systems in the study and teaching domains in Austrian educational institutions. The project promotes cooperation, harmonises structures, reduces stand-alone solutions and standardises system connections. AHESN next establishes a digital infrastructure and facilitates efficient management and control in the higher education sector. The possibility of electronically exchanging examination data between universities is central to this infrastructure, which can be used, for example, to implement a digital process for crediting certificates.
For efficient research data management in line with FAIR principles, support for the entire life cycle of research data – from generation to archiving – with expertise and tools is essential. This cannot be done in isolation. The project facilitates cooperation between Austrian universities in the development of coherent and sound research data services. This ensures that Austrian universities secure their role in the international research landscape. The CSD service unit is responsible for implementing a tool for the creation and processing of data management plans (DMP). This tool should be easy to integrate and a high degree of automation should ensure that work on the DMP is as straightforward as possible.
As a result of the "RIS Synergy" project, the additional effort and rate of error associated with duplicate entries in academic settings and administration has been reduced. The resources made available as a result increase effectiveness and quality support for research projects and enhance data quality, transparency and security. The concept study for a research portal provides the basis for further steps towards a neutral and transparent presentation of research outputs and results in improving international visibility. The central focus of this project is the creation of interfaces to the IT systems of the participating research funding organisations, to enable the digital exchange of project metadata and report documentation and thus reduce the administrative burden on researchers.
The Buildings and Technology Department (GUT) offers a customer-focused service for all matters pertaining to infrastructure. The aim is to create and ensure optimal framework conditions for research and teaching as well as secure infrastructure for employees and students in line with their requirements. The digital transformation is currently having a significant impact on the planning, construction and operation of buildings. The CSD Service Unit will support the GUT Department in this transformation and provide the digital solutions to enable guaranteed continuation of state-of-the-art services for TU Wien employees.