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Making research data discoverable and reusable

The metadata exchange platform MEx makes research data universally discoverable and supports its subsequent use.

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How MEx works

MEx is a digital platform that maps metadata on research activities and research data at the RKI in a transparent way aiming to facilitate the reuse of this data. Often research data for health research is distributed across multiple storage locations and difficult to find. MEx provides a central and comprehensive overview of existing research activities within the RKI based on their metadata, and offers a modern, digital, and transparent solution for researchers conducting secondary data analyses.

The Project

The metadata exchange platform, in short MEx, is the first joint public health project from the long-term collaboration between Data4Life and the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), and is also one of the numerous measures to implement the German government's open data strategy. The transparency created by MEx lays the foundation for continuing to fully exploit the full potential of the steadily growing data pool, simplifying secondary research and promoting developments in the field of artificial intelligence..

After internal launch at the RKI at the end of 2023, the MEx platform will later be publicly available to external researchers as well as the interested public. The project is currently in the development and internal pilot phase.

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