Sabine Gehrlein, Irene Schumm, Renat Shigapov
BERD@BW – A Science Data Center to foster Open Science in Business, Economics and Social Sciences
The Center for Business, Economic and Related Data in Baden-Württemberg(BERD@BW) is one of the four science data centers funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts of Baden-Württemberg within the digitization strategy “digital@bw”. BERD@BW is aimed to improve sharing, finding and reusing unstructured and semi-structured research data in the social sciences in accordance with the FAIR principles (findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable). BERD@BW is built by the University of Mannheim and the Leibniz Center for European Economic Research (ZEW). Both institutions are experienced in infrastructure projects and in the empirical social sciences, including business and economics. BERD@BW is based on four pillars: 1) building up methodological knowledge, 2) developing tools and services dealing with unstructured and semistructured data, 3) training and consulting with respect to legal and technical issues in research data management, and 4) engaging in national and international networking. The services and materials developed within BERD@BW are available as openly as possible on the project homepage: https://www.berd-bw.de.