• July 29, 2022

  • Workshop on SampleDB and SciCat

  • On June 29th, Moritz Hannemann, working for JCNS at MLZ, held a workshop on the comparison of SampleDB and SciCat. During his talk he gave some insights on the similarities and differences of both systems. In addition, he presented his results regarding the performance for ingestion and querying both databases. Both solutions are suitable for DAPHNE4NFDI. If you intend to use them, please take a look at Moritz’s list of specific features.

    A compiled version of the Workshop has been prepared as a report and can be found here.


  • July 1st, 2022

  • ErUM-Data-Hub: Deep Learning School I

  • In August 2022, ErUM-Data-Hub and DIG-UM will host the first Deep Learning School at Landhaus Nordhelle in Meinerzhagen. In a beautiful ambience, over 4 days of intensive lessons are held on the topics of Neural Network Building Blocks, Mastering Model Building, Convolutional Neural Networks, Recurrent Neural Networks and Introspection of Neural Networks. The workshop is aimed at beginners from all ErUM communities who have basic physical knowledge.

  • Registration


  • June 24, 2022

  • SNI2022: DAPHNE Microsymposia

  • DAPHNE4NFDI will be presented at two Microsymposia at SNI2022:

  • Date Event
    September 5, 11:15 h Microsymposium Digitalisation (DAPHNE, ErUM-Data)
    September 5, 14:15 h Artificial Intelligence for Large-scale Facilities

    SNI2022 provides an excellent opportunity to exchange with DAPHNE scientists directly.

  • NEW: You can register for an Early Bird Fee until July 10, 2022. Posters can also be submitted until then.


  • May 30, 2022

  • Statement DAPHNE4NFDI Executive Board - Test and Evaluation of SciCat

  • The DAPHNE4NFDI Executive board recommends that the DAPHNE participants test and evaluate SciCat at their home labs in universities and at facilities - if possible.
    They should provide feedback and indicate where further collective development is required - including deployment and integration.
    To support SciCat-related activities, a SciCat round table will be organized by Linus Pithan (TA3) and a topic-specific mailing list was created by TA6.

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  • May 23, 2022

  • SNI2022: Submission deadline for posters extended to July 10

  • Due to high demand, the deadline for submitting posters for the SNI2022 conference has been extended to July 10. Text abstracts should be no longer than 1500 characters and should not include graphics. Early bird registration is open until June 26.

  • May 19, 2022
  • SciCat Workshop for DAPHNE Users

    More than 30 attendants participated in the SciCat Workshop on May 17. It was focusing on small scale installations for university users. SciCat is a metadata catalogue for scientists. In this workshop it was shown how it helps photon- and neutron research facilities to develop their own metadata strategy to follow FAIR principles.
    Tobias Richter from European Spallation Source (ESS) gave an overview on SciCat, showing that it is flexible, customisable and extensible with a modern code base. It is actively developed and maintained. He also described which features SciCat provides and drew the line what SciCat doesn’t provide, so that users get a clear picture of what to expect.
    Linus Pithan from university of Tübingen presented an extension to SciCat to create datasets through a web interface that easily allows to add metadata to SciCAT. He suggested to consider collaborative software development efforts within DAPHNE to contribute to SciCat.
    Following his presentation, Use Cases for actual small-scale installation of SciCat were presented by Jonas Graetz (FAU, Erlangen) and Alexander Hinderhofer (Uni Tübingen).
    The workshop closed with a discussion about the future of SciCAT especially in the context of DAPHNE, for example, how to avoid island solutions and to settle for a coherent strategy and use synergies between the involved actors.

    More information on the workshop can be found at
    SciCat website


  • May 13, 2022
  • Apply now for Deep Learning Train the Trainer Workshop!

  • Second Deep Learning Train-the-Trainer Workshop
    09.06. und 10.06.2022 - Wuppertal.

    Aim of this workshop is to educate lecturers for future teaching activities and to provide material to give lecture series on deep learning, including hands-on-exercises. This workshop is addressed to scientists from all ErUM communities with prior knowledge of neural networks with an academic level of postdoc or higher.
    All attendees should be willing to give in the future deep learning lectures at schools and workshops.


  • April, 2022
  • DAPHNE4NFDI @ CDCS Opening Symposium 2022, DESY (Hamburg)

  • What a great opportunity: During the inaugural symposium of the Center for Data and Computing in Natural Sciences (CDCS) from 26th to 28th of April 2022 we were introducing the consortium to a broad scientific audience. The on-site event, themed “Data Science for Cross Disciplinary Research”, provided a platform for interesting topics like data storage, evolution of imaging and also machine learning and showed: a better research data infrastructure, user-driven solutions and long-term storage are not only needed in the future of photon- and neutron experiments!



  • March, 2022:

    Online NFDI NeXus Workshop

    More than 130 attendants informed themselves about NeXus on March 17-18 at the “Online NFDI NeXus Workshop“. NeXus is a common data format for neutron, x-ray, and muon science. It is constantly being developed as an international standard by scientists and programmers representing major scientific facilities to facilitate greater cooperation in the analysis and visualization of neutron, x-ray, and muon data.

    On March 17th, usage and recent developments around NeXus were presented by different research organisations and the industry. March 18th was dedicated to getting to know each other better. Therefore, a session was held with short presentations. 18 presenters introduced their work in 2-3 slides. In four parallel sessions specific topics e.g., measurement technics and file formats were addressed. The workshop closed with a session introducing tools for creating and validating NeXus files.

    Presentations from the workshop can be found here.


  • January 24, 2022: Satellite workshop at DESY Photon Science Meeting "Science driven data management solutions" (Organizer: A. Barty, Time: 13.00 - 17.00, more info here).
  • January 20, 2022: The digital community meeting for the foundation of the ErUM-Data umbrella organisation *DIG-UM* will take place on 20 January 2022, from 14:00 to 17:00. A festive part and a technical part on perspectives of digital transformation in ErUM research are planned.
  • December 1, 2021: Kick-Off meeting, programm
  • During this event DAPHNE4NFDI officially started and held a very lively on-line kickoff meeting, including contributions from partners from universities, facilities and industry, who represent both the neutron and synchrotron communities. All interested scientists were and are invited to join the task area working groups. To do so please contact the task area leaders by email.
  • July 2, 2021: Press release "Funding of the consortium "DAPHNE4NFDI" within the framework of the National Research Data Infrastructure announced" by the involved committees KFS and KFN
  • July 2, 2021: Press release "National Research Data Infrastructure: DFG Welcomes Second-Round Funding Decisions" of the DFG