Good research needs a good data basis. As digitalisation proceeds, the amount of scientific research data is rising at an inflationary rate. For interdisciplinary research, these data are of outstanding value because they enable comparative evaluations and meta-analyses on a large scale in space and time. The responsible and transparent management of research data makes scientific results reproducible and is therefore an essential part of good scientific practice. The ZMT is committed to making research data FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, reusable) and, whenever possible, openly accessible.

In 2015, the ZMT therefore adopted an Open Data Policy, which is currently being revised in view of the latest national and international developments in research data management. A concept for handling research data and metadata at the ZMT is currently being developed by the Scientific Data Services group.