The Helmholtz Coastal Data Center (HCDC) is the central point of contact for scientific data management at the Institutes of the research field Earth and Environment. The new central working group possesses broad expertise and consists of geoscientists, programmers and web developers as well as database and metadata managers. One aim of the unit is to merge data from coastal and marine research with the help of a central data portal and to provide sustainable access to different user groups. HCDC therefore equally addresses the scientific field, the interested public and decision makers who manage coastal regions and the marine environment.
The basis for the consolidation lies in the existing portals:
One of the core aims of HCDC is the development of IT solutions for recording, processing, long-term archiving and distribution of scientific data. In particular, this includes observation, campaign and model data. Vital aspects are visualisation of large quantities of data (model data and real time systems), providing web applications for direct analysis through innovative “big data” technology (array database technology) and in-house software development. In addition, suitable interfaces are developed, which are to ensure cooperation with project partners and their data centres. In doing so, HCDC uses a sustainable data management concept in compliance with the generally accepted FAIR principles: (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable).
A comprehensive data and information structure has been made available through the establishment of the HCDC. Currently existing data infrastructure developments, such as O2A at AWI, OSIS at GEOMAR and HCDC at HZG are consolidated in MareHub. In the future, this will enable users to access data across centres and on specific topics. The MareHub together with the Atmo and Terra hubs form the common data infrastructure (DataHUB) for the Helmholtz research field “Earth and Environment”. Together they make a significant contribution to the National Research Data Infrastructure’s (NFDI) NFDI4Earth initiative (in process) and the core areas of the Deutsche Allianz Meeresforschung (DAM). The financing is provided by internal funds and funding from the Helmholtz Association’s “Digitalisation and Data Infrastructure” area.
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