Digitalizing the Chemical Landscape:

A Comprehensive Overview and Progress Report of NFDI4Chem




Chemistry, Research Data, ELN, Repositories, Ontologies, Training


The Chemistry consortium NFDI4Chem aims to digitalise key steps in chemical research, supporting scientists in managing research data throughout its life cycle. The SmartLab, embedded in a federation of services, integrates various tools such as electronic lab notebooks, data repositories, and search services, to create a smart lab environment for structured data gathering. Utilizing terminology services and adhering to data format standards, NFDI4Chem promotes secure and FAIR data sharing, fostering collaboration and expediting scientific discoveries. This development is supported by community building measures, workshops, and training initiatives, along with collaboration on international minimum information standards.


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How to Cite

Koepler, O., Steinbeck, C., Bach, F., Herres-Pawlis, S., Jung, N., Liermann, J., … Razum, M. (2023). Digitalizing the Chemical Landscape: : A Comprehensive Overview and Progress Report of NFDI4Chem. Proceedings of the Conference on Research Data Infrastructure , 1.
Received 2023-04-26
Accepted 2023-06-29
Published 2023-09-07

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