Research Data Management

The core data management services developed by the German Federation for Biological Data (GFBio) have been incorporated into NFDI4BioDiversity.

Data sharing and reuse begin with good data practice in all phases of the data life cycle. Under the current situation, the understanding of data as raw material for academic publications is shifting and they are rewarded as valuable products themselves. Thus, it becomes relevant to understand the different phases of the data life cycle. GFBio fosters the ideal data life cycle composed of 10 steps: planning, collection and organization of data, quality assurance and quality control, metadata creation, preservation, data discovery, integration, analysis and visualization, and data publishing. However, in reality, the data life cycle is implemented differently, depending on the relationship between the researcher/research project and the data. GFBio has focused on two main groups, data producers and data re-users.

The data life cycle is usually not realized as part of the research process yet, and realization might vary depending on the type of conducted research, the type of collected data, and the type of researchers. GFBio has identified four scenarios of the data life cycle based on the type of researcher, such as data producer and data re-user. There are best practices and steps within the data life cycle that are not fully applied nowadays in the process of science but are fundamental for good data management. Have a look at our services and get to know how GFBio can support you.

Visualization of the steps of the data life cycle

GFBio Services

The following services are currently available on our partner GFBio’s Website.

Management Plan Support

The GFBio Helpdesk Team supports you to prepare your data management plan.

Data Collection and Assurance

GFBio provides access to tools, standards and working platforms which support you during data collection, quality assurance and control.

Data Management Cost Estimation

Data management requires expertise and technical infrastructure which, in most cases, is not for free. GFBio supports you estimating the costs for your data management aspects.

Data Curation

GFBio supports data curation during the submission process. The data domain experts support the application of community agreed metadata standards, so that the data is findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable.

Data Submission

Submit your research data through the GFBio submission system. GFBio supports the long-time archiving and publishing in one of the associated data centers.

Data Archiving

Our collaborating archives and data centers ensure the required long term storage and archiving of your (publication) data.

Data Search

Use the GFBio search engine to discover data from various sources and filter with regard to the author, publication year, or geographical region

Data Visualization and Analysis

GFBio developed a Visualization, Analysis & Transformation System that enables the synthesis of heterogeneous spatio-temporal data sets, and provides added value services via a GIS-based interface for researchers.

Data Publication

Making your data publicly available is good scientific practice. Upon publishing your data in one of the data centers, each dataset is assigned a persistent identifier (PID). Related datasets stored in different specialized data centers can be interlinked via their PIDs.

Terminology Service

The GFBio Terminology Service allows users to find, explore, share, and reuse various kinds of terminologies – from simple controlled vocabularies to complex ontologies.

Data Management Training

GFBio offers customized training such as graduate courses or direct training for scientists, curators, and data managers. You can find educational modules and training resources on our website.

GFBio Data Centers

The German Federation for Biological Data is the central contact point for ten renowned data centers associated with GFBio and NFDI4Biodiversity.

Data Centers specialized on Nucleotide, Plant and Environmental Data

e!DAL-PGP – Plant Genomics and Phenomics Research Data Repository

The Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) Gatersleben and the German Plant Phenotyping Network (DPPN) have jointly initiated the Plant Genomics and Phenomics Research Data Repository (e!DAL-PGP) as an infrastructure to publish plant research data. e!DAL-PGP provides access to cross-domain, plant-related research data that exceeds existing repositories due to their size or scope. e!DAL-PGP is registered as research data repository at, and OpenAIRE as valid EU Horizon 2020 open data archive.
Further information and GFBio contacts here.

ENA – European Nucleotide Archive

The European Nucleotide Archive (ENA) provides a comprehensive record of the world’s nucleotide sequencing information, covering raw sequencing data, sequence assembly information and functional annotation. ENA is developed and operated by the EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), an academic research institute based in the UK and part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL). ENA is one of the three databases that make up the International Nucleotide Sequence Database Collaboration (INSDC).
Further information and GFBio contacts here.

PANGAEA – Data Publisher for Earth & Environmental Science

Data Publisher for Earth & Environmental Science, is a globally leading information system, long term archive and data publisher for geoscientific, biological and environmental data. Data published by PANGAEA origins from a broad range of subdisciplines of the biological sciences, chemistry, physics with a special focus an earth sciences and environmental Sciences. Jointly hosted by the Centre for Marine Environmental Sciences (MARUM) at the University Bremen and the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), PANGAEA is laid out as a permanent facility, guaranteeing the long-term availability and accessibility of archived data and metadata in secure and machine readable formats. It is also a World Data Center (WDC-PANGAEA) and accredited by ICSU World Data System.
Further information and GFBio contacts here.


Data Centers at Natural Science Collections

BGBM – Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin

The Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin (BGBM, Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin) of the Freie Universität Berlin is a centre of biodiversity research in Europe, housing extensive scientific collections of herbarium specimens (about 3.5 million), one of the world’s largest living plants collections, as well as the most complete botanical library in Germany.
Further information and GFBio contacts here.

DSMZ – Leibniz Institute DSMZ – German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures, Braunschweig

The DSMZ Data Center is administrated by the Leibniz-Institut DSMZ-Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen (Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures). The DSMZ is one of the largest biological resource centers worldwide. Its collections currently comprise almost 40,000 items, including about 20,000 different bacterial and 5,000 fungal strains, 700 human and animal cell lines, 800 plant cell lines, 1,000 plant viruses and antisera, and 4,800 different types of bacterial genomic DNA.
Further information and GFBio contacts here.

MfN – Leibniz Institute for Research on Evolution and Biodiversity, Berlin

The “Museum für Naturkunde – Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung” (Museum für Naturkunde – Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science) is a research museum within the Leibniz Association. It is one of the most significant research museums worldwide focusing on biodiversity, evolution and geo-sciences. The Collections of the Museum are directly linked to Research and comprise more than 30 million items relating to Zoology, Palaeontology, Geology and Mineralogy. In addition, the Museum has an Animal Sound Archive containing approximately 120 000 animal sound recordings. The Library of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin is one of the most important reference libraries in zoology in the German-speaking world. Research at the Museum für Naturkunde is organised in four Science Programmes (“Forschungsbereiche”): Evolution and Geoprocesses, Collection Development and Biodiversity Discovery, Digital World and Information Science, Public Engagement with Science.
Further information and GFBio contacts here.

SGN – Senckenberg Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung

The Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN) conducts research in bio- and geosciences within six research institutes and three natural history museums in Germany. The mission of the SGN is to make science and scientific findings accessible to the public through teaching, publishing, museums and special exhibitions in Frankfurt, Dresden, Görlitz and Tübingen. Senckenberg’s research activity is divided into four large research fields: Biodiversity, Systematics and Evolution, Biodiversity and Environment, Biodiversity and Climate & Biodiversity and Earth System Dynamics. With currently about 40 million objects/items in more than 200 collections the SGN has one of the largest scientific collections in Germany. The objects involve a herbarium, zoological, anthropological, paleontological and mineralogical collections plus a DNA Bank. SGN is part of the Leibniz association.
Further information and GFBio contacts here.

SNBS – Staatliche naturwissenschaftliche Sammlungen Bayerns (The Bavarian Natural History Collections

The Staatliche Naturwissenschaftliche Sammlungen Bayerns (SNSB, The Bavarian Natural History Collections) are a research institution for natural history in Bavaria. They encompass five State Collections (zoology, botany, paleontology and geology, mineralogy, anthropology and paleoanatomy), the Botanical Garden Munich-Nymphenburg and eight museums with public exhibitions in Munich, Bamberg, Bayreuth, Eichstätt and Nördlingen. Our research focuses mainly on the past and present bio- and geodiversity and the evolution of animals, fungi and plants. To achieve this we have large scientific collections (almost 35,000,000 specimens).
Further information and GFBio contacts here.

SMNS – Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart (The State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart)

The Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart (SMNS, State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart) is one of two State museums in Baden-Württemberg, southern Germany. With its important natural history collections containing more than 11 mio specimens (fossils, minerals, plants, insects, molluscs, and vertebrates) the museum does possess an excellent foundation for biosystematic research. Due to its diverse international scientific contacts and relations, the natural history museum significantly contributes to the identity of the State Baden-Württemberg.
Further information and GFBio contacts here.

ZFMK – Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig – Leibniz Institute for Animal Biodiversity, Bonn

The Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig (ZFMK, Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig) is a Leibniz Institute for Animal Biodiversity that carries out species-related biodiversity research and ensures the transfer of knowledge to researchers and the general public. Core stocks are the zoological collections of more than 5 million specimens. The research focusses on performing an inventory of the zoological species diversity on earth. The results of research and the collections are made accessible to the public with permanent and temporary exhibitions and using other methods for public education.
Further information and GFBio contacts here.