The central objective of the RDM project is the long-term archiving of research data that enables both a reusing of research data as well as a later verification of research results.

Activities include workshops and discussion formats on data management and – above all – the creation and implementation of data management plans for each project and/or individual researchers. The project is closely connected to Thematic Working Group 5 on spatial semantics. It sets the stage for the collaborative analysis of spatial semantics across time and space as they are represented in the multifaceted material that the SFB’s research projects bring in. At the same time, this exercise serves as an illustration of how various kinds of data can be shared across disciplines while providing important methodological insights into such practices. In order to implement this project, the SFB 1199 has established the position of a data curator. This position is co-funded by the German Research Foundation and Leipzig University. The data curator supports the projects in the creation of data management plans and in their implementation. She organizes data storage and sharing during the project phase as well as long-term archiving of research data. Finally, she coordinates the activities in the context of Thematic Working Group 5. The RDM project is supported by the working group on research data (AG Forschungsdaten) of Leipzig University. The AG provides advice concerning the handling of research data in line with the FAIR principles. Furthermore, it provides adequate storage capacities through the university’s IT department, and it ensures access to the long-term storage of research data in the Open Access Repository and Archive (OpARA), a service so far provided by and for the Technical University of Dresden and Freiberg University of Mining and Technology. Moreover, we have developed a template for data management plans that is based on the tool DMPonline, provided by the Digital Curation Centre, Edinburgh. All projects or individual researchers continuously work on the plan that accompanies their research process.

We are glad to present the first data publication of one of our projects on the data repository Zenodo where the Leipzig Research Centre Global Dynamics (ReCentGlobe) is represented through a community. A06 provides a bi-monthly export of the Chinese Engineers Relational Database (CERD) they are working on. The web interface of the database is publicly accessible. CERD is a database of engineers from the Chinese Republican period (1912–1949). The digital analysis of historical registers has led to a prosopographic catalogue of persons, educational institutions, and companies. The data can be put in relation to one another by researchers to answer individual research questions.