PsychArchives is a disciplinary repository for numerous types of Digital Research Objects (DROs) in psychological science. It contains digital representations of data, publications, software, preregistrations, tests and many more. It adheres to the FAIR data principles.
"A vertical disciplinary repository has impressed the data community with its wide range of artefacts from the entire scientific research process as it makes the interconnection of the various elements of the research cycle much simpler," said Dr. Erich Weichselgartner, Head of Archiving and Publishing Services at ZPID, who presented PsychArchives at the meeting.
The 2019 RDA Germany meeting in Potsdam focused on the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) and the GO FAIR initiative. Thirteen consortia, which are expected to apply for funding under the NFDI, were presented in two large blocks. Interest in the second conference of this type was huge and the maximum of 200 participants was quickly reached.
ZPID is one of 32 Research Data Centers (FDZ) accredited by the German Data Forum (RatSWD) and is a member of the NFDI Consortium for Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences. For many years ZPID has been working in the field of psychological research data. Apart from PsychArchives, it is currently engaged in modeling and benchmarking research data management at academic institutions (PODMAN) and in developing a smart assistance system for research data management in psychology (DataWiz).
RDA Germany was founded in 2018 and is the national component of the global Research Data Alliance (RDA). The aim of the alliance, which was initiated by the European Commission, the National Science Foundation in the USA and the Australian Department of Innovation among others, is to promote data-driven research and innovation on an international scale.