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Phone: +49 (0)221 478-5685

Cologne Site

Medicine and Health

ZB MED – Information Centre for Life Sciences
Gleueler Straße 60
50931 Cologne (Köln)

Bonn Site

Nutritional, Environmental and Agricultural Sciences

ZB MED – Information Centre for Life Sciences
Friedrich-Hirzebruch-Allee 4
53115 Bonn




An infrastructure and research centre for data and information in the life sciences.

Life sciences research needs a solid infrastructure.

ZB MED carries out the applied research required to achieve this.

Machine-actionable Software Management Plans

Data and Software management plans can be presented as text-based documents. Sometimes they are guided by a set of questions corresponding to key points related to the lifecycle of either data or software. The RDA DMP Common Standards Working Group of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) defined machine-actionable Data Management Plans to overcome limitations of text-based documents. The project of ZB MED has strong links with RDA working groups. In addition to being guided by FAIR4RS, the principles of the FAIR for Research Software Working Group, the project expanded the DMP Common Standards Working Group recommendations to software.

Although targeting the life sciences community, most of the elements of the Software Management Plans are domain agnostic and could be used by other communities as well.

The project is now part of NFDI4DataScience.


1 December 2022 to 31 May 2023

Funding body

EOSC Future Funding Platform - RDA Open Call for cross disciplinary science adoption grants