Data Management of Kiel Marine Sciences

The Kiel Data Management Team (KDMT) is a joined  group of GEOMAR, cluster of excellence "Future Ocean", SFB 754 and BIOACID. Our aim is to provide ONE place for all marine sciences in Kiel for data description, data storage and data archiving, independent of project status but specific restrictions for each project. This system is aimed at preparing data for paper publication, data exchange inside a project  and data publication.


Our system consists of a portal (, providing access to several projects with personal password. The portal offers document exchange, common or individual blogs and fora and implementation of external webpages and -services. Moreover, you can access the expedition database, that organizes data description and exchange of cruises and expeditions for each project. Expeditions are linked to KML-files (Google-Earth compatible), allowing a visualization of all stations of a cruise/expedition.

We established the linkage to the publications database /repository OceanRep (EPrints), as well as the description of model-output and linkage to paper publications.



As the data in our portal at this time are organised in files, it is not possible to make syntheses of e.g. several cruises or a certain individual set of parameters. Therefore we are developing a workflow-based system,  where users describe the course of data acquisition, that will be saved together with the data. This description provides full documentation and provenience for all possible users (including oneself). The extended effort of first time workflow description is more than balanced by the advantage of individual data output and documentation. It allows to merge the large variety of marine disciplines, e.g. the "discovery" of cross-discipline data by the same geo-coordinates.  


Our infrastructure covers the period from data acquisition to publication, or 10 years (DFG-Richtlinie), respectively. The longterm archiving will be done by automated export to world data centers, allowing the synthesis with external data.


  • on the westshore in room 072 (on the way to the large conference room) or
  • on the eastshore in room 8D/213 or
  • call 0431 / 600 4025 or
  • send an email to datamanagement(at)



Guidance with proposals concerning data management concepts and implementation (required staff and hardware)

Support using the portal (how to log in, where to upload my data)

Recommendation for portal usage in teams / research units / projects

Ideas and proposition of a data policy

Related projects

The Data Management Team

Contact: datamanagement(at)

 Carsten Schirnick



 0431 6002294

 Pina Springer



 0431 6002293

 Hela Mehrtens



 0431 6004025