Work Programm

The NFDI4Objects work programme is oriented towards the data life cycle of archaeological objects: From recovery to collection to analysis and preservation of the objects. In addition, the storage and dissemination of research data as well as the transfer of the consortium’s results into education play central roles.

Task Areas

Task Areas (TA) structure the different task areas within the consortium. NFDI4Objects comprises seven TAs. These cover the entire needs of the community and ensure long-term infrastructural support. Scientific research takes place in Community Clusters and TRAILS. Temporary Working Groups provide support for specific challenges within the consortium.

Task Areas

Task Areas 1-4: Covering needs along existing expertise and established structures.

NFDI4Objects for Documentation covers all needs arising from the collection, exploration and documentation of primary data sources (documentation of excavations, artefacts, archaeological sites and monuments, etc.) on site, in depots and in collections.

NFDI4Objects for Collecting will establish an integrated research data infrastructure and quality-oriented data management processes that optimally serve the complex requirements of scientific object collections and collection-related research.

NFDI4Objects for Analytics and Experiments will cover platforms, standards and services for desktop-based research, controlled experiments and laboratory-based analysis of objects.

NFDI4Objects for Protecting will address applications and data management issues that address the complex requirements of protection, conservation, restoration and related fields of work and research.

Task Areas 5-7: Long-term infrastructural technical, professional, organisational support.

NFDI4Objects for Storage, Access and Dissemination will provide comprehensive technologies and standards for the long-term archiving of research data, as well as all other aspects of the FAIR principles.

NFDI4Objects for Commons and Qualification addresses the data management related requirements for multi-disciplinary data analysis workflows, the development and maintenance of NFDI4Objects’ Commons and the development of tailor-made qualification services.

NFDI4Objects for Support and Coordination manages the structural and content-related development of the consortium internally and externally, coordinates the processes between the fields of activity, ensures the continued science- and community-driven development of the consortium, and develops specific offers for qualification and further education.

User Stories

In order to develop the NFDI4Objects work programme according to the needs of our community, we conducted a survey among members of our disciplines: Which services would make their daily work easier? 

We have gathered their stories in different categories.


In summer 2020, we conducted a survey on experiences and needs with research data management (FDM) in the NFDI4Objects community in order to better align the consortium’s measures with these needs and to compare them with existing surveys. The results clearly reflected that the vast majority of respondents requested uniform standards, technically simple solutions, as well as technical support in dealing with research data.

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The NFDI4Objects Temporary Working Groups (TWG) are the driving force behind the consortium’s continuous development of standards and specifications.

Communuty CLuster

In community clusters we connect expertise on a wide range of disciplines and topics! They are made up of active members of member institutions, experts and interested individuals. 


Task-Related Activities for Implementation and Launch of services (TRAILs) enable an open and demand-oriented participation of our community in a dynamic environment.