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Wednesday, January 29 • 4:15pm - 4:45pm
People, projects and institutes 1920 to 1945: a treasure chest for German science history

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In 2020, the German Research Foundation (DFG) celebrates its 100th anniversary. While the organisation today has a very effective position with an annual budget of over 3.3 billion euros, it was initially entrusted in 1920 as the so-called "Notgemeinschaft" (emergency association) with the task of helping German science, if you will, to get back on its feet after WWI. On the occasion of its hundredth anniversary, the DFG takes the opportunity to open its archives. The aim is to create an information system that will make it possible to research more than 50,000 funding cases (both approved and rejected) from more than 13,000 academics and researchers at around 1,200 institutions. As the time window suggests, on the one hand great projects are made visible that were later honoured with Nobel Prizes. On the other hand, there will also be those projects with which German scientists have made a name for themselves in a criminal and inhuman way. PID play a central role in the development and design of the system. They help to connect the DFG-internal data with other sources and thus to clean and enrich them massively. The (semi-automatic) matching with PIDs from Wikidata and the GND played a crucial role in cleaning the data and discerning homonyms and synonyms. After that profiles of person, facility and project profiles in Wikipedia could be matched and also data from a very rich people database on German history (www.deutsche-biographie.de). The lecture focuses on these PID aspects and outlines the special possibilities and challenges that need to be considered when working with historical data.

How would you run the session to support the spirit of PIDapalooza as a laid-back, welcoming, energetic and exciting meeting, and ensure at least 10 minutes of your session are used to interact with the audience?

I will illustrate the main accents and challenges of the PID application with as few slides as possible, in order to allow as much time as possible for questions, comments and perhaps also suggestions for the further development of the project idea.


Juergen Guedler

Head of Group Information Management, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

Wednesday January 29, 2020 4:15pm - 4:45pm GMT
Sophia de Mello Room