Fachinformationsdienst BAUdigital

A platform for research: civil engineering, architecture and urbanism

Specialised Information Services (FID)

The FID BAUdigital is part of the "Specialised Information Services" programme, a funding programme for academic libraries of the German Research Foundation (DFG), which aims to strengthen and improve information infrastructures for research. Specialised Information Services provide fast and direct access to research-relevant literature and information for scientists.


Mobility and Transport Research

Since 2018, the FID move has been operating services and tools to support research. The focus here is on literature research and licensing, the publication of research outputs in open access, a research data repository and supporting researchers in networking and exchange with a Mobility Compass.

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The FID Propylaeum is the interface between FID BAUdigital and the disciplines of Archaeology and Classical Studies and offers a wide range of services and support to architects working in the field of building research and conservation.

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Materials Science

The FID Materials Science provides the interdisciplinary MatWerk research community from materials science, electrical engineering to civil engineering with information and supports networking. The FID Materials Science Portal includes the Material Hub, a platform for material research, the Materials Guide, which provides an overview of external data sources, and the Materials Map for searching for researchers and organizations.

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Cartography and Geodata

With its services and resources, the FID Maps is relevant to all disciplines that use geoinformation and maps.

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Art, Photography, Design

arthistoricum.net offers digital tools for art historical research and enables open access publication of research results. In addition, extensive source materials, literature and image collections on art, photography, design are made accessible in open access.

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In the context of the FIDs, several networks have been established. Their aim is to address the community from overlapping disciplines in a targeted manner. The FID BAUdigital is currently involved in the following FID networks:

National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI)

In the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI), data from science and research are systematically made accessible, networked and usable for the entire German science system in a sustainable and qualitative manner. The NFDI aims to create a permanent digital repository of knowledge as an essential resource for new research questions, knowledge and innovation, and to make relevant data available according to the FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable).



NFDI4Ing represents all engineering disciplines, each contributing their specific expertise and networks to a common knowledge pool. The diversity of engineering research approaches and methods is brought together in common standards and requirements for research data management (RDM). The focus is on data competence from the beginning of education to the scientific career, the development of a governance concept for handling research data, and making technologies and services available for machine-readable data and their metadata.

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NFDI4Culture is the consortium within the NFDI dealing with research data on material and non-material cultural objects. The aim is to create a demand-driven research data infrastructure for communities ranging from architecture, art and music to theatre, dance, film and media studies.

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NFDI4Objects represents research that deals with the material relics of mankind from a period of more than 2.6 million years. It includes numerous disciplines of archaeology and related disciplines from the humanities and natural sciences and many different institutions such as universities, non-university research institutions, heritage offices, museums and associations, which are linked by common requirements for research data management (FDM).

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