Research Data Management at the University of Bremen

The ongoing process of digitalization (“Digital Revolution” - German Council for Research Data Infrastructure (RfII) 2016) of the whole research process faces major challenges for actors in the domains of science and policy. From first ideas and interests to the results and final publication – the amount and heterogeneity of data which is produced within the “scientific lifecycle” grows dramatically.

At the University of Bremen are several research projects for the topic of eScience. The University provides its researchers relevant ICT infrastructure for long term storing and providing of data (list below).

ICT Infrastructure

Green-IT Housing Center

The Green-IT Housing Center offers researchers of the University of Bremen a stable and sustainable ICT infrastructure for long-term storage and provision of data. Other services are web hosting, hosting and mapping of databases and tools, wikis and groupware functions. It is compliant with the requirements for information security.


Bremen Supercomputing Competence Center

The Bremen Supercomputing Competence Center (BremHLR) provides support to scientists in scientific computing on the computer systems of the. It is a cooperation between the University of Bremen, the Jacobs University Bremen and the Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI).




PANGAEA, the most prominent with more than 350,000 data sets, is jointly run by the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) and the Center for Marine Environmental Science (MARUM) at the University of Bremen. PANGAEA is member of the ICSU World Data System (WDS). It is operated as an Open Access library aimed at archiving, publishing and distributing georeferenced data from earth system research.



Storing, documenting and providing qualitative interview data in three dimensions.

  • Metadata about the data set itself,
  • Context data about the research process,
  • Primary data, mostly transcripts of qualitative interviews.



The project aims to establish a database for the centralized storing of materials engineering data in an accessible and searchable form.



ParlGov contains data on elections and governments for all EU and most OECD members for the entire post-war period. The database combines parties, elections with election results and governing parties.



openEASE is a web-based knowledge service providing robot and human activity data. Comprehensive Data about episodes, in which humans and robots perform complex manipulation tasks is logged into a big data database.


Specialized Information Service for Political Science - State and University Library Bremen

[in the development stage]

One of the central tasks will be to build up a search machine for relevant content (e-media as well as print media) for the field, and at the same time enable user-friendly direct access to full-text articles.