Standardisation and Research

  • Reinhold Stahl
  • Patricia Staab


Research in various scientific disciplines shows an increasing data orientation. However, researchers are not usually interested in all-encompassing standardisation but in a narrow subject area for which they need well-prepared datasets.

Technical tools can provide a high degree of automation both for data integration and for reporting. However, there is a gap between what researchers want from a dataset and what even well-ordered data structures can offer. This gap is closed by research data centres: they offer suitable linking of data from different sources, technical preparation and good documentation of the data content. Most often, they also have to ensure confidentiality.

The existence of high-potential data sources, good preparation and accessibility of data may influence the direction of the research activity: namely, research goes where good data are available.


  1. Rendtel U (2011) Fernrechnen, die neue Dimension des Datenzugangs? FU Berlin. 20. Wissenschaftliches Kolloquium: Micro Data Access—Internationale und nationale Perspektiven Stat. Bundesamt, 11 November 2011. Accessed 20 Feb 2017

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Reinhold Stahl
    • 1
  • Patricia Staab
    • 2
  1. 1.DornburgGermany
  2. 2.FrankfurtGermany

Personalised recommendations