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Infrastructures

At the University of Göttingen, the provision and further development of infrastructure for research and teaching ranks as a major strategic task. Such infrastructure includes buildings, laboratories, large-scale equipment, libraries, academic collections, energy, IT and information infrastructure.

With the State and University Library Göttingen and the "Gesellschaft für wissenschaftliche Datenverarbeitung Göttingen" (GWDG), the University already has outstanding information infrastructure at its disposal. Nevertheless, there is a need to expand research infrastructures. With this aim in view, the Göttingen Campus has adopted a strategic plan for the whole location, the eResearch Alliance. Within the scope of this plan are pooled technology-based campus laboratories and the comprehensive development of the information structure, with IT facilities fit for the future and cross-disciplinary expertise, for example in the area of research data management. In November 2014, the German Council for Scientific Information Infrastructures was formed by resolution of the "Gemeinsamer Wissenschaftskonferenz". This council, which is made up of representatives from research and academia, from society at large, and from the German Federation and State Governments, has its central office at the University of Göttingen.

Since June 2013, the Centre for Collection Development has been in operation to ensure that the potential of the University`s 30 academic collections, museums and gardens is used yet more intensively for research and teaching and for external presentation of the University. The centre is engaged with collection management, knowledge research and exhibiting. In order to preserve collection items, restoration measures are funded, for example; the digitisation of the original objects renders them visible and traceable. In the central collection database, holdings are catalogued and amalgamated virtually. In addition, collections and the objects they include form the basis and result of research endeavours, enabling the process of knowledge generation to be investigated.

Furthermore, objects from the collections are to feature in a 'showroom' for science and scholarship open to the public - in the planned Forum Wissen, with changing exhibitions. The University plans to open this establishment in 2019 in the former Zoological Institute, adjacent to the station. Visitors will then be able to experience "knowledge creation" past and present in practice, while researchers and students can work with, and discuss, findings and insights on the basis of objects from the University`s collections - all under one roof.