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Principles of research data management at TU Dortmund University

We, the members of TU Dortmund University, understand research data in an inclusive sense. These comprise the results and documentation of our research activities and processes. This includes all components that are necessary for the reproduction or reconstruction of a result. This includes the raw data obtained and processes used in the process, artistic, architectural, and technical designs, reflections and commentary, software, and simulations. Research data have value in themselves. Their integrity and re-usability must be ensured in accordance with the rules of good scientific practice1; research ethics issues are included.

In order to preserve findings and make them usable for future research questions, we apply the following principles:

  • Research data are archived in an orderly and traceable manner in the sense of re-usability.
  • Ensuring the quality of research data and applying subject-specific rules and standards are essential tasks for researchers.
  • Research data are made accessible as freely and barrier-free as possible. We apply the FAIR principles2 (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Re-usable) to digital research data. This is without prejudice to the protection of personal data, copyright, and the legitimate interests of authors and third parties.
  • We strive to publish research data.
  • We use data management plans to support and document the management of research data.
  • TU Dortmund University will make accessible or build infrastructures for the needs of the disciplines here. These include both hardware and supporting services. Furthermore, it will participate in cross-institutional measures. This includes the active participation of members of TU Dortmund University and the engagement in communities of the different disciplines.
  • Our principles of research data management are anchored in teaching and graduate education.

The principles for handling research data are regularly reviewed to ensure that they are up to date and updated as necessary.


Adopted by the Senate on 11 July 2019.


1 Rules of good scientific practice at TU Dortmund University 2 Wilkinson et al. (2016), The FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship.

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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