EcoDM [Ecosystem Data Management] is the joint project "Ökosystem Datenmanagement: Analysen - Empfehlungen - FAIRification". The main issue of the project is how to use the constantly increasing amount of data from various sectors systematically and sustainably according to the FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable). This issue will be addressed in expert discussions throughout the four selected sectors science, public sector, economy and qualification.

The Helmholtz Open Science Office, based at the GFZ, is responsible for the EcoDM work package “Economy”. This unit will examine how the re-use of data across the fields of science, business and the public sector can be promoted for scenarios desired by society as a whole. This holistic approach includes, for example, an analysis of business models, the creation of general conditions such as standards, infrastructure or training, and the discussion of ethical principles. Both business and science are interested in accessing data from the public sector, regardless of national borders. Considering the forthcoming amendment of the Information Continuity Act (Informationsweiterverwendungsgesetz, IWG), it seems logical to examine the needs and interests of actors from all three areas in the formulation of the Act.

The project is funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF).

Project start 1st October 2019

Project partners
University of Applied Sciences, Potsdam (FHP):

German Archaeological Institute (DAI):

Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences / Helmholtz Open Science Office: &

More information
Twitter: @ecodm_projekt

Contact person
Dr. Christoph Bruch, Tel.: +49 331 288 - 28761, E-Mail:

back to top of main content