Opening knowledge through data

This website lists Open Data available at the University of Münster. Following its original mission LODUM aims to foster a change towards openness, transparency and interconnectedness of research data and metadata.
We have created a growing collection of datasets and interfaces in the spirit of the original LODUM project and we want to invite you to explore, reuse and contribute.
If you have any questions or would like to contribute, contact us at

With an ever-growing amount of research results, new challenges arise for the management, retrieval and persistent storage of scientific artifacts. While these tasks have traditionally been fulfilled by academic publishers, today’s research results are no longer limited to papers and books, but also include a variety of data, models, and software. Preserving these contents and making them accessible is a fundamental requirement to ensure the transparency and reproducibility of studies.

LODUM takes this approach to the next level by implementing a strategy that aims to improve the transparency and visibility of the university. The comprehensive LODUM approach includes an Open Access strategy for publishing any non-sensitive data online following the Linked Data principles. Both the Open Access and Open Data movements are currently gaining a lot of momentum and will shape the future of academic publishing and accessibility of public data.

LODUM is laid out as a long-term strategy that will open up and connect different data sources across the 15 faculties and departments step-by-step. While this requires a technical infrastructure to manage data and make them available online, a crucial aspect of LODUM is to foster a change in the openness and transparency of the University of Münster and its scientific community. By implementing Open Access and Linked Open Data principles throughout the university, LODUM aims to make the output of the university more visible and foster collaboration, both between the university’s faculties and with partners.

For more information about the original LODUM project, take a look at the research page.