eRIC initiative

The eRIC (eResearch – Infrastructure and Communication) initiative aims to develop an integrated communication and data management infrastructure to accompany the complete life cycle of scientific knowledge generation and transfer.

eRIC attaches particular importance to the analysis and development of models and tools for communication between researchers and libraries, both among eRIC project partners and within research teams. In collaboration with an international team of scientists and library staff, we will develop appropriate communication and decision-making structures, establish a research support consultation infrastructure, as well as set up teams for implementation of the required software tools.

In contrast to similar approaches, eRIC services are developed bottom-up. During the project, all researchers’ software requirements will be periodically evaluated, analysed for their interdisciplinary reusability as generic concepts, and implemented as part of a generic software-layer. Special subject-related requirements are implemented on top of generic tools in a separate tool layer. All project results will be documented and published as open-source-software for reuse.

This comprehensive approach goes far beyond tailor-made IT-solutions, affects all central divisions of the library, and denotes a paradigm shift in university library services.

Work schedule structure

A survey among researchers from numerous faculties revealed four interdisciplinarily valid stages in the lifecycle of a research project. The survey focussed on research and data management methods applied as well as on communication and collaboration practices. Communication was defined as a key issue pertaining to all stages of the research lifecycle.