Digitalization is finding its way into most areas of home and business life: More and more people are communicating with one another via social networks and messenger services, shop online and read the newspaper on an iPad while having breakfast. Companies become more digital, for example in production, logistics and customer communication. The digital processes generate a large amount of data in many different formats – this data is very interesting for research.
The University of Mannheim and the ZEW now receive a 1.1 million grant for a high-performance science data center in the field of business and economic sciences. The goal of the Mannheim Business and Economic Research Data Center (BERD) is to make the increasing amount of data more accessible and usable. The data sets range from historic, printed stock market data, tax data or economic surveys that first have to be made available in a digital form, to digital data sets on social media communication, online advertising or the administration of customer relations.
“The connection of science and infrastructure is what makes this project so special,” says Dr. Sabine Gehrlein, director of the university library. “For the first time, researchers and representatives of the schools, the library, the computing and data centers come together to develop a new plan for data availability and data analysis in business and economic sciences.”
The Science Data Center is one of four science data centers to receive a three-year grant from the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts of Baden-Württemberg in the context of the digitalization strategy digital@bw. Researchers of the ZEW, the Mannheim Center for Data Science, the Mannheim University Library and the University Computing Center are involved in the project.