Information & Data Science

Modern science would be practically unthinkable without the analysis of large volumes of data. New developments in the fields of digital data processing and complex data analysis are opening up exciting new opportunities for data-based research. This rapidly developing field is one of the biggest challenges for the science system, and, thus, for the Helmholtz Association. 

Helmholtz has accumulated enormous expertise and built up powerful infrastructures in the area of information and data. The Helmholtz Centers and research fields operate large research infrastructures (for example satellite missions or large facilities for nuclear and particle physics), use the latest generation of supercomputers, and act as competence centers for complex simulations (e.g. extensive earth and climate models). As a research organization that has the mission to address the major challenges of society, we believe that this will be a focal area in the upcoming years. One important task will be to train a new generation of information experts and enabling them to work across disciplines.

One of the great strengths of the Helmholtz Association are the diversity of its research centers and the close links between the centers and research fields. It will only be possible to   reach new standards of quality in data analysis and data integration if innovative, interdisciplinary approaches are adopted. The Information and Data Science incubator which was started in 2016 is one example of this strength as 40 outstanding experts from all centers and research fields work together in this think tank.

They develop innovative interdisciplinary approaches and implement them in pilot projects. Formats, innovative concepts and interaction models are developed as part of a strategic process. This new platform is the beneficiary of substantial start-up funding from the Initiative and Networking Fund.

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