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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.


Basic Services for NFDI

Base4NFDI supports the development of basic services for the entire German science and research community. Unlike the other NFDI consortia, which cover diverse scientific disciplines, Base4NFDI is a joint initiative of all NFDI consortia that seeks to create NFDI-wide basic services. Its goal is to help improve the findability, accessibility and reusability of research data across all disciplines and areas of research. By building on existing solutions within the various consortia, it aims to create basic services that offer greater interoperability and efficiency in the field of research data management.

The following basic services are currently under development:

  • IAM4NFDI: Identity and access management
  • PID4NFDI: Persistent identifier services
  • TS4NFDI: Harmonisation and mapping of terminologies (in collaboration with ZB MED)
  • KG4NFDI: Knowledge Graph Infrastructure for NFDI (in collaboration with ZB MED)
  • DMP4NFDI: Basic Service for Data Management Plans (in collaboration with ZB MED)
  • Jupyter4NFDI: a central JupyterHub providing access to various software stacks and computing resources across the NFDI consortia

ZB MED’s role in the project

Working in partnership with two other institutions ‒ Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) and the Berlin State Library ‒ ZB MED is responsible for setting up the Base4NFDI evaluation framework (Task Area 3). This task includes

  • establishing coherent application, decision-making and selection processes for basic services;
  • measuring the progress of individual basic service candidates;
  • monitoring the appropriateness of the selection process;
  • supporting the decision-making process by compiling dossiers and ensuring quality assurance of the applications.

Section Liaison Officers are also part of Task Area 3. Their job is to support the work of NFDI Sections in which cross-cutting topics are discussed across disciplinary boundaries. This support is primarily aimed at activities related to potential basic services, from the coordination of discussions across Sections to advice and consulting during the application process.


  • 1 March 2023 – 28 February 2028

Funding body

  • German Research Foundation (DFG)


  • The 26 NFDI consortia form the Base4NFDI network.