After its proposal was accepted in late 2011, the project LSDMA started on January 1st, 2012. Its initial phase will end on December 31st, 2016, but the program is projected to be integrated into the sustainable Program oriented funding framework of the Helmholtz Association.
The community specific Data Life Cycle Labs are the core of the project. Each lab has one or more initial topics:
- Energy: smart grids, battery research, fusion research
- Earth and Environment: climate models, environmental satellite data
- Health: virtual human brain map
- Key Technologies: synchrotron radiation, nanoscopy, high throughput microscopes, electron-microscope imaging techniques
- Structure of Matter: large instruments (ESFRI items Petra 3, X-Ray Free Electron Laser (XFEL), Facility for Antiprotons and Ions Research (FAIR)), heavy ion research, elementary particle physics
The DLCLs are complemented by the Data Service Integration Team. Its generic R&D focuses on requirements and components of importance to more than one DLCL. It also communicates closely with the providers of storage resources.
In September 2014 the first edition of the LSDMA brochure (http://nbn-resolving.org/urn:nbn:de:swb:90-432701) was published. It contains an overview on many project highlights covering topics from the DLCLs and DSIT .