The considerations and suggestions presented here are based on research and consultations with the following four countries, each of which is advanced in terms of the development of research infrastructures and research data management: Australia, Canada, Netherlands, United Kingdom.
Each country was analysed in terms of how national strategies for the governance of information infrastructures and research data are being developed and who is developing them. In all of the countries examined, structures are being developed at the national level that, at least in terms of their objectives, exhibit certain parallels to the national research data infrastructure (NFDI) proposed for Germany. Canada, for example, is working on a “Digital Research Infrastructure Ecosystem”, the Netherlands on a “National Open Science Cloud”, the United Kingdom on an “e-Infrastructure Ecosystem” and more recently on an “Open Research Data Infrastructure”, and Australia on an “Australian Research Data Cloud”. The different origins and types of initiatives arise in this case from differences in the organisational forms of the corresponding national scientific systems and forms of research funding. The implementation of the initiatives has progressed to varying degrees and is being driven by different stakeholder groups depending on the country.
WORKING GROUP ON INTERNATIONAL ORIENTATION Prof. Dr. Doris Wedlich (Head), Prof. Dr. Lars Bernard, Prof. Dr. Frank Oliver Glöckner, Dr. Gregor Hagedorn, Dr. Hans-Josef Linkens, Prof. Dr. Otto Rienhof