The Research Core Dataset specifies a standard to be used when preparing data on research activities and the research context in which they were carried out. It stems from an initiative of the German Council of Science and Humanities and was adopted in 2016.
The Research Core Dataset is intended to facilitate both the internal use and the dissemination of quality-assured data on research activities, to reduce the effort required for repeated data collection and to ensure the comparability and connectivity of the data held, also in an international context. It consists of aggregate data in the following six areas:
The Research Core Dataset does not create any new legal obligations for the collection and reporting of data; in principle, the Research Core Dataset is no more than a recommendation. The German Council of Science and Humanities itself intends to adapt its data enquiries to the specification of the Research Core Dataset. It can be assumed that other users of research information will follow suit and that the Research Core Dataset will thus develop into a de facto standard in the area of research reporting.