Research & Projects

Head of Research Group "Digitalization and Science"

Sonja Schimmler is head of the research group "Digitalization and Science" at the Weizenbaum Institute. The research group examines the impact of digitalisation on academic research. Digitalisation is understood as a change in research and publication processes that promises to increase the benefits of research. (2017-2022, BMBF)

Berlin University Alliance

As principal investigator, Sonja Schimmler is working on two projects within the Berlin University Alliance: In collaboration with the University of Oxford, she is working on the project "Open Science by Design - New and Innovative Methods for (Semi-)Automatic Research Data Management". In collaboration with FU and TU Berlin, she is further working on the project "A Digital Research Space for the BUA: Berlin Open Science Platform". (2019-2021 & 2021-2023, DFG)

NFDI4DataScience - NFDI for DataScience and

As spokesperson, Sonja Schimmler is part of the consortium "NFDI4DataScience - NFDI4DataScience and Artificial Intelligence" within the NFDI initiative. Fraunhofer FOKUS and TU Berlin will jointly focus on setting a meta portal for the community. (2021-2026, DFG)

NFDI4Cat - NFDI for Catalysis-related Sciences

As co-spokesperson, Sonja Schimmler is part of the consortium "NFDI4Cat - NFDI for Catalysis-related Sciences" within the NFDI initiative. Fraunhofer FOKUS and TU Berlin will jointly concentrate on building local and overarching data infrastructures. (2020-2025, DFG)


In the QuarZ project, a software platform has been developed, which provides smart services for residents of a residential district, companies and administration. Fraunhofer FOKUS developed an open data platform, which makes the gathered data available. (2018-2021, BMWi)


piveau is a data mangement ecosystem, which is actively developed, and which is used in many projects at Fraunhofer FOKUS. Use cases range from energy, to administration and science.