From 20.06. to 10.07.2022, the Team Open Science at KIM conducted its first large-scale survey of the need for storage space for research data at the University of Konstanz. In order to achieve the goals of the e-science strategy in the Excellence Strategy, knowledge about the actual needs is an important building block. All 229 professors and heads of junior research groups were contacted for the online survey. The response rate was just under 40%.
Although the figures are somewhat vague, it is clear that the storage requirements for research data are expected to grow by around 30% per year and that the university will have to prepare for storage requirements for research data in the double-digit petabyte range towards the end of the decade. Disproportionate growth is to be expected in Section 3. The results present KIM and the university with the challenge of significantly expanding or renewing the existing storage services. To this end, the recommendations from the survey will be translated into concrete proposals for action in the coming months and years.
As a further result, it was found that overall there is good satisfaction with the KIM's services. The cloud in particular is praised for its simple storage options, but there is potential for expansion in the functions for collaborative work, e.g. with external project partners.
Overall, it can also be said that not all of the services that the KIM offers in Research Data Management and in the area of Open Science are sufficiently well known at the university. In the next few months, the KIM will begin an information initiative to communicate the services and fulfil the mandate of the Open Science Policy.
Further information: https://www.kim.uni-konstanz.de/openscience/
General information on research data: https://forschungsdaten.info/