Over the next five years, the national cloud-based platform BERD@NFDI will be developed under the leadership of the University of Mannheim. The platform will serve the application of artificial intelligence, machine learning and complex analytics in the field of business administration and social sciences. Under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Florian Stahl, Chair of Quantitative Marketing and Consumer Analytics, and spokesperson of the BERD@NFDI consortium, and with the participation of Prof. Dr. Hartmut Höhle, Chair of Enterprise Systems, this Big Data project creates the opportunity not only to promote the MAC, but also to provide data-based business research in Germany with an entirely unprecedented tool for sharing and processing data. In July of this year, the Joint Science Conference (GWK) approved the inclusion of ten consortia in the federal-state funding for the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI). Based on a funding recommendation from the German Research Foundation (DFG), BERD@NFDI will receive funding in the double-digit millions for the next five years. The consortium is led by the University of Mannheim. In addition, the University of Hamburg, the University of Cologne, the Ludwig-Maximilian-University of Munich, the Institute for Employment Research, the ZBW – Leibniz Information Center for Economics and GESIS are involved. The goal of the project is to develop a cloud-based system of services and resources through which data and algorithms can be collected, made available, merged, analyzed, and shared. Authenticity and security as well as sovereignty over the data are to be guaranteed in all steps of the data-lifecycle.
All current information can be found on the BERD@NDFI website.