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Helmholtz-Data Federation (HDF)

Measurement results, patient records, model calculations: Research data form the foundation of our scientific work. Responsible handling of this valuable data and its innovative use is therefore a key concern for us.

Picture: KIT

The Helmholtz Data Federation (HDF) implements this challenging task. The initiative safeguards the Helmholtz Association's data-driven research with state-of-the-art hardware, innovative software and excellent support. At the same time, it develops solutions for the meaningful use of data: For example, the HDF ensures that researchers at different locations can access the databases relevant to them. It also regulates ownership and access rights. Data is stored in such a way that it will be available to future generations and technologies. Wherever necessary, sensitive content is protected in accordance with the latest standards.

Multidisciplinary data centers form the core of the HDF. They operate with a strong thematic profile at currently six Helmholtz centers:

Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI).

  • Polar ice sheets
  • Virtual observatory for polar and marine research data

German Electron Synchrotron (DESY)

  • Particle physics experiments
  • Photon science at PETRA III, Flash and Flash2
  • Helmholtz beamline at EU-XFEL

German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)

  • Genome research
  • Cohort studies
  • Radiological and radiotherapeutic research

Research Center Jülich (FZJ)

  • Plant data
  • Biomedical image analysis
  • Large plant data

GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research GmbH

  • FAIR
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Health & Life Sciences

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

  • Climatology
  • Energy Research
  • Particle and Astroparticle Physics

Helmholtz Data Federation Policies

Policies for Operating HDF E-Infrastructure

Andreas Kosmider

Head Strategic Initiatives
Helmholtz Association

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