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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.

Current projects

ZB MED’s projects focus on developing services to provide practical solutions for specific applications in science and research. By combining innovative market research with its cutting-edge projects, ZB MED seeks to answer key questions such as: Where is research currently heading? What do users expect from a specialist information institution? And how can we determine which trends are relevant? 

All the projects carried out at ZB MED have one goal in common, namely that “projects should generate products – or parts of a product”.

We are currently working on the following projects:


AQUAS seeks to combat disinformation in the life sciences using an application based on artificial intelligence. Its goal is to divide previously unseen texts into three categories, classifying them as either science, popular science or disinformation. AQUAS also highlights whether publications comply with the principles of good research practice, thereby providing further clues to possible instances of disinformation.

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Base4NFDI develops basic services for the entire German science and research community. Unlike other NFDI consortia, Base4NFDI does not focus on a specific set of technical or methodological skills and competencies. Instead, it strives to create a portfolio of interdisciplinary services that will benefit all the NFDI consortia.

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BIONT is an international consortium focused on establishing a top-quality training programme and community aimed at fostering digital skills in the life sciences.

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Digital Bioethics

New developments in information technology and data-science methods are revolutionising the field of bioethics. This, in turn, raises crucial questions about the content and methodologies of bioethics as a discipline and about its impact on social science and policy. By addressing these questions, the Digital Bioethics Network aims to lay the foundations for this new field of research in the German-speaking world.

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The project is creating a data competence centre for the interprofessional use of health data in the Ruhr metropolis.

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This project will conduct a fundamental overhaul of the DINI-OAI Validator, a tried-and-tested tool used to determine a service’s eligibility to receive the DINI Certificate for Open Access Publication Services.

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The “EmiMin – Reducing emissions from livestock rearing – Individual measures” project focuses on emission factors and potential ways of reducing emissions from livestock sheds. EmiMin is a collaborative project involving six partners. ZB MED is in charge of developing a systematic method of managing the data.

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The consortium FAIRagro was successful in the third funding round of the NFDI. Key objectives include developing standards for data publishing and interoperability based on FAIR data principles as well as developing services – in particular a search portal –  and running training and development activities within the expert community. 

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The goal of the GeMTeX project is to collect clinical documentation created in the course of patient care and to prepare it in a machine-readable format that can be used in medical research projects. GeMTeX aims to create the largest anonymised medical text corpus in the German language from clinical documentation provided by six university hospitals.

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GRADitude is a modular tool that performs all the steps required to translate sequencing and mass spectrometry data from Grad-Seq experiments into a list of potential molecular complexes.

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MAK Collection

The List of MAK and BAT Values of the DFG - an overview of occupational substances hazardous to health - is published by PUBLISSO. Open Access, with search and filter functions and quality assured.

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The NFDI4DataScience consortium is focusing on the development of a research data infrastructure for data science and artificial intelligence. ZB MED is one of 15 partners.

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Embedded in the national research data infrastructure, a multidisciplinary team of researchers at nfdi4health aims to establish an infrastructure for personal health data. ZB MED is coordinating the consortium.

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NFDI4Microbiota’s mission is to support the microbiology research community in Germany by providing access to data, data analysis tools, and data and metadata standards, as well as a comprehensive range of training programmes.

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Most of the information published on preprint servers does not currently appear in conventional reference and search systems. The goal of this project is to access and index this information in order to make it more discoverable and reusable.

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The sRNARegNet project carries out a comparative analysis of the regulatory networks of small RNA in Gammaproteobacteria. The aim is to find small, regulating RNAs in order to obtain information on their functions and to be able to predict them.

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STELLA II is a continuation of the successfully completed STELLA project, which was also funded by the DFG. The project partners are expanding the existing evaluation infrastructure for search and recommender systems.

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