News Archive

Chemotion Videos now Available in English

Tutorial on electronic lab notebook for syntheses Continue Reading

Refreshed Workshop Concept

Specific NFDI4Chem workshops available to serve the needs of the community Continue Reading

Best Practice Using RADAR4Chem

Data on collaboration with chemical engineers deposited in RADAR4Chem Continue Reading

News from RADAR4Chem

In the December 2022 software release, the FAIRness of RADAR4Chem was further optimised. Continue Reading

New Board Member of the InChI Trust

Strengthening the InChI for integration of molecular inorganic chemistry The IUPAC International Chemical Identifier (InChI) is a non-proprietary identifier for chemical substances that enables easier linking of different data collections.… Continue Reading

FAIR4Chem Award 2023 – The winners

The awards were presented on March 23rd at the Spring Symposium  of the GDCh JungChemikerForum in Gießen Continue Reading

Author Guideline Landscape

As the primary method of communicating research results, journals have an enormous impact on data sharing practices in the scientific community. Ideally, journals and their publishers place recommendations or even… Continue Reading


In December the first BioHackathon Germany was organised by the team of the German ELIXIR node. Continue Reading

Error Culture in Science

"Researchers are afraid of publishing their data „because others may discover mistakes". A panel discussion about error culture und cultural change. Continue Reading

NFDI4Chem Terminology Service V2.0 is Launched

Interested in ontologies in the field of chemistry or closely related disciplines? Then you should definitely take a closer look at our redesigned Terminology Service! Continue Reading

NFDI4Chem Search Service is Live

You are looking for datasets in the context of chemistry and are tired of searching countless repositories one by one? Then our new Search Service is exactly what you need! Continue Reading

Changes in our Advisory Boards

This year we also had two changes in the composition of our advisory boards. Continue Reading

New Participants NFDI4Chem

We are very pleased to welcome Prof. Jürgen Pleiss, Institute of Biochemistry and Technical Biochemistry at the University Stuttgart as new participant in the NFDI4Chem consortium. Continue Reading

Lead by Exampele – Data Pledge

Our Lead-by-Example collection aims to provide a large body of real datasets to document the process of evolving FAIRness of research data, to surface practical issues, and to suggest improvements. Continue Reading

Reaching out!

NFDI4Chem has been busy in the latter half of the year visiting many events such as conferences. Here, important connections for NFDI4Chem with key organisations were established. Continue Reading

NFDI4Chem at Tag der Forschungsdaten Event Hosted by RWTH Aachen University

NFDI4Chem was there and held flash talks in two parallel sessions: One about “Metadata, Ontologies and Standards”, and another about “Training and Awareness”. Continue Reading

Call for Minimum Information Standards in Chemistry Published in Angewandte Chemie

Many funders require RDM because experiments are often paid for by taxpayers and the resulting data should be deposited sustainably for posterity. However, paper notebooks are still common in laboratories. Continue Reading

NFDI4Chem at NFDI Info Event at Uni Hannover

On November 2, NFDI@LUH, the first information event about NFDI at Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH), took place.  In addition to five other consortia, TIB presented NFDI4Chem and the services for… Continue Reading

Call for participation: Vibrational Spectroscopy Ontology Working Group

Until now the focus of NFDI4Chem and Ontologies4Chem was mainly contributing to existing ontologies, improving the quality and extending their scope. Our latest activities included the Ontologies4Chem Workshop. Together with… Continue Reading

NFDI4Chem Article Published in “Nachrichten aus der Chemie”

Article “Treatment of research data” online now. The article appears in the October issue (2022) of the Journal “Nachrichten aus der Chemie” and highlights the tools and solutions we offer… Continue Reading

The NFDI4Chem Conference Train is Running…

In the last weeks, the NFDI4Chem team was present on numerous conferences with conference booths, lectures and posters to inform the chemical community on recent developments on electronic lab notebooks,… Continue Reading

Workshop: Ontologies4Chem

The first Ontologies4Chem Workshop organised by NFDI4Chem took place on September 7th - 8th 2022 as an online event with over 50 international participants. The overarching aim of the workshop… Continue Reading

TUCAN: Publication & Interactive Demo Version Online

TUCAN is a canonical serialisation format that is independent of domain-specific concepts of structure and bonding. The atomic number is the only chemical feature that is used to derive the… Continue Reading

News from RADAR4Chem

Since the last software release in July 2022, research datasets can be published in RADAR4Chem even with an unlimited embargo. In this case, only the descriptive metadata will be published;… Continue Reading

NFDI4Chem RDM Workshop in Liverpool, UK

Research Data Management is not just a national effort. The lack of data publication is an issue researchers face from all around the globe. Therefore, it is important that we… Continue Reading

Report from the InChI Technical Sessions in Cambridge, UK

Technical sessions were held in-person and virtually from June 17 to 19 for several of the extension projects for the InChI Standard. Topics covered included organometallics, extended stereochemistry and tautomers.… Continue Reading

First Chemistry Paper Using RADAR4Chem

In the research article in the Journal of Computational Chemistry entitled “Geometrical benchmarking and analysis of redox potentials of copper(I/II) guanidine-quinoline complexes: Comparison of semi-empirical tight-binding and DFT methods and… Continue Reading

Guidelines for Sharing in Chemotion – Published in Chemistry-Methods

Sharing of data with the scientific community plays an important role in conducting FAIR and sustainable research. As an example, reporting experimental results (also negative ones) in a systematic, machine-readable… Continue Reading

Ontologies4Chem: The Landscape of Ontologies in Chemistry Published

Why are ontologies an essential building block not only for NFDI4Chem, but all NFDI? FAIR data is all about human AND machine-readable data. Ontologies are used to semantically describe data,… Continue Reading

Analytica Conference 2022 in Munich

From June 21 to 24, the world’s leading trade fair for laboratory technology, analysis, and biotechnology, the Analytica, took place in Munich. At the accompanying Analytica conference researchers, scientists, users,… Continue Reading

Repositories in Profile – STRENDA DB

For chemists, it is crucial to know the advantages of different data repositories in order to find the best fit for their research data requirements. Here, we provide a brief… Continue Reading

TA-PM Retreat in Berlin

On May 23 and 24 , the FIZ Karlsruhe’s department for mathematics in Berlin hosted the first in person meeting of the NFDI4Chem TA-PMs (task area project managers). The meeting's… Continue Reading

Ontologies4Chem Workshop

September 7 & 8, 2022, 14.00 - 18.00 CEST, Online Ontologies are a cornerstone of FAIR machine-readable data. They provide terms, relations and logic to semantically annotate and link research… Continue Reading

Work in Sections/Contribution to the Base4NFDI Proposal

The sections are bodies of the NFDI e.V. in which members of all NFDI consortia work together on various cross-cutting topics of common interest. This spring the sections elected their… Continue Reading

Consortium Meeting 2.5 – Connecting the Dots

On April 28, 2022, members of the NFDI4Chem consortium came together virtually in the morning to reflect on the progress of the project so far. Presentations set around three cross-cutting… Continue Reading

FAIR4Chem Award 2022: And the winner is … Chemistry!

We are currently seeing (and supporting !) the cultural change towards modern, digital research data management (RDM) in chemistry. An important set of criteria for good RDM are the FAIR… Continue Reading

Get to Know the Consortium: TA 5!

Overview of the Task Areas (TA): TA1 - Management: Christoph Steinbeck (Friedrich Schiller University Jena) TA2 - Smart Lab: Nicole Jung (Karlsruhe Institute for Technology) TA3 - Repository: Felix Bach… Continue Reading

New research data repositories for chemistry and cultural heritage

Researchers in the fields of chemistry and cultural studies now have access to new services for publishing research data. These are based on the established RADAR repository from FIZ Karlsruhe… Continue Reading

The NFDI network collects information about resources for scientists from Ukraine

Putin’s war against Ukraine has left the world in shock. NFDI4Chem stands in solidarity with the people in Ukraine. The NFDI head office is collecting links, contact addresses and services… Continue Reading

FAIR4Chem Award Winners

And the winner is…  FAIR datasets are indeed feasible in chemistry, because where there's a will, there's a way. Of all datasets submitted for the FAIR4Chem Award 2022, two proved… Continue Reading

Data pledge: Let’s lead-by-example!

NFDI4Chem has a clear vision of how chemistry research data will be collected, processed, archived, shared and published. Before our NFDI4Chem’s infrastructure and tools are released, we would like to… Continue Reading

Workshop Series – FAIR RDM: Basics for Chemists

To achieve NFDI4Chem’s goal of ensuring that good research data management (RDM) will become second nature to chemists, it is essential that we provide appropriate training opportunities to the community… Continue Reading

Launch of NFDI4Chem Knowledge Base

Are you confronted with research data management in chemistry and are feeling lost? NFDI4Chem is proud to announce the launch of its knowledge base. We were so impressed by Elixir-Converge’s… Continue Reading

Contributions to Sections in NFDI

NFDI4Chem is actively involved in several of the recently founded sections of NFDI which tackle overarching tasks across the NFDI consortia. NFDI4Chem and NFDI4Ing jointly coordinate the work in the… Continue Reading

Repositories in Profile – SupraBank

For chemists, it is crucial to know the advantages of different data repositories in order to find the best fit for their research data requirements. Here, we provide a brief… Continue Reading

NFDI4Chem Advisory Boards

NFDI4Chem has assembled its Advisory Boards (ABs). With five to six members each, they represent four different communities: industry, publishers, the national and the international research community. The ABs provide… Continue Reading

Presenting a New Look

NFDI4Chem launched its new logo in the last quarter of 2021. The simple, clear, and recognisable graphic was designed to align with the key concepts of research data management in… Continue Reading

Short Report on the 2nd Consortium Meeting

NFDI4Chem held its second consortium meeting on 14 and 15 October 2021. The members of the consortium were joined by representatives from all four Advisory Boards. A full programme highlighted… Continue Reading

Get to Know the Consortium: TA 4!

Overview of the Task Areas (TA): TA1 - Management: Christoph Steinbeck (Friedrich Schiller University Jena) TA2 - Smart Lab: Nicole Jung (Karlsruhe Institute for Technology) TA3 - Repository: Felix Bach… Continue Reading

1st Editors4Chem Workshop

NFDI4Chem together with Leah McEwen (Cornell University, Ithaca) and Vincent Scalfani (University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa) from IUPAC organised the 1st Editors4Chem workshop, which was held on the 3rd of November… Continue Reading

“FAIRThesis” is Funded by the FCI

Funding focused on establishing aspects of digitalisation in chemical education.  The teaching project "FAIRThesis" of Prof. Sonja Herres-Pawlis (RWTH Aachen University) and Dr. Nicole Jung (KIT) is supported by the… Continue Reading

Event Throwback: Minimum Information Standards, NFDI4Chem Takes the International Stage – Part I

Efforts for the development of minimum information standards for research data in chemistry have to be addressed in an international context. Thus, Dr. Johannes Hunold (TIB) presented NFDI4Chem’s vision for… Continue Reading

Repositories in Profile – MassBank EU

For chemists, it is crucial to know the advantages of different data repositories in order to find the best fit for their research data requirements. Here, we provide a brief… Continue Reading

NFDI4Chem Terminology Service Online

The NFDI4Chem Terminology Service release 1.0 has been launched! FAIR data principles call for rich metadata using a formal, accessible, shared, and broadly applicable language for knowledge representation. Natural language… Continue Reading

Get to Know the Consortium: TA 3!

Overview of the Task Areas (TA): TA1 - Management: Christoph Steinbeck (Friedrich Schiller University Jena) TA2 - Smart Lab: Nicole Jung (Karlsruhe Institute for Technology) TA3 - Repository: Felix Bach… Continue Reading

NFDI4Chem Terminology Service Launched

NFDI4Chem proudly announces the launch of its Terminology Service for the Chemistry community.  What is it good for, you ask? As you probably know, the FAIR data principles play a… Continue Reading

NFDI4Chem, Consortium “Gemäß Satzung”

NFDI4Chem has been created as a consortium within the NFDI e.V. and has confirmed its spokespersons at its first general meeting. The “Nationale Forschungsdateninfrastruktur eingetragener Verein” (NFDI e.V.; e.V. is… Continue Reading

MassBank on Ice

Did you know that MassBank data is now literally stored on ice for a thousand years? At the beginning of February last year (precisely on 02.02.2020!) GitHub took a snapshot… Continue Reading

Do You Already Know

Allow us to introduce one of our cooperation partners to you, the NMRium project. NMRium is a joint project of Zakodium, a chemoinformatics company from Switzerland, and the DFG-funded IDNMR… Continue Reading

Get to Know the Consortium: TA 2!

Overview of the Task Areas (TA): TA1 - Management: Christoph Steinbeck (Friedrich Schiller University Jena) TA2 - Smart Lab: Nicole Jung (Karlsruhe Institute for Technology) TA3 - Repository: Felix Bach… Continue Reading

NFDI4Chem Helpdesk is live

The NFDI4Chem Helpdesk, the first service of the NFDI4Chem is live! The  Helpdesk team is the first point of contact for all questions regarding the NFDI4Chem initiative as well as… Continue Reading

Profile of Repositories

For chemists, it is crucial to know the advantages of different data repositories in order to find the best fit for their research data requirements. In this and upcoming newsletters,… Continue Reading

“Stammtisch” on the Electronic Laboratory Notebook and Repository “Chemotion” (Throwback)

The Place for Discussions Around Chemotion and more In January, our monthly “Stammtisch” on the electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) and repository Chemotion opened with a brief summary of the NFDI4Chem… Continue Reading

Get to Know the Consortium: TA 1 & 6!

Overview of the Task Areas (TA): TA1 - Management: Christoph Steinbeck (Friedrich Schiller University Jena) TA2 - Smart Lab: Nicole Jung (Karlsruhe Institute for Technology) TA3 - Repository: Felix Bach… Continue Reading

Joint Webinar: Ontologies in Science and Technology (Throwback)

Ontologies can help describe research objects, processes, and results in a way that not only humans but also machines can understand and work with. This paves the way for merging… Continue Reading

NFDI4Chem article published in the “Bunsen-Magazin”

Overview of the First Project Phase The article, published in German, appeared in the 2/2021 issue of the Bunsen-Magazin and gives an overview of NFDI4Chem’s main tasks in the first… Continue Reading

Research Data Management Tutorials for Undergraduate Students

Teaching RDM at the RWTH Aachen University in an inorganic chemistry lab Basic concepts of research data management (RDM) are becoming more and more important in the course of digitizing… Continue Reading

First Newsletter online

Our first newsletter was published today! In case you missed it: You can subscribe or find the current newsletter here. Continue Reading

Chemistry ? NFDI4Chem ! poster at HeFDI 2020

We will present an NFDI4Chem Poster at this year's HeFDI Plenary 2020 on 17/12/2020. Virtually, of course. But that opens the opportunity to provide the Poster also in this post:… Continue Reading

Best Practice: Chemotion as Repository

Start to save your research data in an up-to-date way! The storage of research data according to the FAIR data principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) is crucial for upcoming machine… Continue Reading

Results of the first NFDI4Chem Community Survey published!

This national survey serves as a starting point for all upcoming efforts in research data management in chemistry. Research data management is an important task to make research sustainable and… Continue Reading

Kicking off NFDI4Chem

The NFDI4Chem consortium met in October to mark the official start of the project. On 14 and 15 October, the members of the NFDI4Chem consortium met virtually to kick off… Continue Reading

Data pledge: Let’s lead-by-example !

NFDI4Chem has a wonderful vision of how we want to collect, manage and share research data in the end. But all of us have publications and corresponding research data already… Continue Reading

NFDI4Chem proposal published in RIO Journal

NFDI4Chem is among the first funded NFDI consortia, as the Joint Science Conference (GWK) announced on 26 June 2020. Our successful proposal has been published in RIO Journal and is… Continue Reading

NFDI4Chem statement on Cross-Cutting Topics

The NFDI offers the opportunity to establish a science-driven, open, and high-quality national research data infrastructure. In August 2019, members of 11 consortia met to discuss common challenges posed by… Continue Reading

Materials and Engineering / Chemistry Colloquium

On 17. and 18.12.2019, we defended the NFDI4Chem proposal at DFG Head Office, Bonn before an international panel of reviewers, representatives of NFDI expert panel and members of the DFG.… Continue Reading

NFDI4Chem in CE&N

Die Zeitschrift Chemical and Engineering News (CE&N) der American Chemical Society (ACS) diskutiert NFDI4Chem und andere Initativen in einem Artikel zum FAIRen Datenmanagement in der Chemie. Continue Reading

NFDI4Chem Online Survey

  More and more digital research data are generated. So, new concepts are essential: In which data formats can data be stored in the long term? How and where can… Continue Reading

Förderung für „Science Data Center für Molekulare Materialforschung (MoMaF)“

Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg (MWK) fördert das „Science Data Center für Molekulare Materialforschung (MoMaF)“. Das Science Data Center MoMaF entwickelt Digitalisierungsbausteine für wissenschaftliche Daten – von Erfassung… Continue Reading

Bericht zum Workshop „Nationale Forschungsdaten Infrastruktur für die Chemie“ NFDI4Chem

Am 30. Oktober trafen sich an der TIB über 50 Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer zum Workshop „Nationale Forschungsdateninfrastruktur für die Chemie (NFDI4Chem)“. Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler aus universitärer und außeruniversitären Forschung sowie Vertreterinnen… Continue Reading