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German REDCap User Group founded under the initiative of TMF

The initial meeting took place on 2. October 2020 in Berlin.

Berlin, 02.10.2020. REDCap users from all over Germany founded a German REDCap User Group on the initiative of TMF - Technology and Methods Platform for Networked Medical Research. The new German-speaking User Group wants to promote networking and knowledge transfer among REDCap users and to bundle the interests of the community. The group was initiated by Dr. Peter Brunecker, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Andreas Hetey, Berlin Institute of Health, and Michael Kraemer, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin.

REDCap - short for Research Electronic Data Capture - is a user-friendly web application for creating and managing online surveys and databases, especially for medical and translational research projects. REDCap was developed at Vanderbilt University (USA) and is provided by the international REDCap consortium, which now includes thousands of institutions in more than a hundred countries. The browser-based, metadata-driven software solution for electronic data capture methodically supports the workflow of database design for clinical and translational research. REDCap is experiencing a steadily increasing number of users who use this web application for their clinical research.


REDCap is based on a lively international community support


In the international REDCap community, there are already various user groups for different languages, for example in English or Spanish speaking countries. These user groups enhance joint problem solving and the bundle goals and interests in the community. The intention to initiate a German-speaking international "DE-Usergroup" for the DACH area has existed for quite some time. "Vanderbilt University, the leader of the REDCap consortium, welcomes the establishment of a DE-Usergroup", explained Paul Harris from Vanderbilt University at the founding event. The DE-Usergroup will be represented by a namespace in the international Community Forum and a presentation at the annual worldwide REDCap Conference.


Foundation of the German REDCap User Group bundles the interests of the European research community


The project follows an important principle of the TMF by advancing the approach of structured electronic data capture and thus supporting the further usability of data collections in terms of secondary use. Thus, it supports the strategic orientation of other TMF projects on electronic data capture and the use of free software (OpenClinica Community, i2b2 User Group). "By supporting the foundation of a German-speaking User Group, the TMF is making a significant contribution to the networking of REDCap users from the academic sector," Dr. Johannes Drepper of TMF e. V. welcomed the participants of the founding event in Berlin. "The establishment of the REDCap User Group is an important step to protect and represent the interests of European academic research in this worldwide consortium, which is currently still strongly influenced by the legal framework of the North American countries", explained Sebastian C. Semler, Managing Director of TMF e. V.


Lively exchange at the founding meeting of the German User Group


Andreas Hetey (Clinical Study Center, Charité / Berlin Institute of Health (BIH), Berlin) gave the participants of the initial meeting extensive insights into the practical application of REDCap. Also, he informed us together with Michael Krämer (Charité - Business Unit IT / BIH - Core Facility IT, Berlin) and Dr. Günther Rezniczek (Marien Hospital Herne, Ruhr-University Bochum) about current and future events, which were discussed at the international REDCap conference REDCapCon 2020.

Furthermore, Dr. Peter Brunecker (Charité - Business Unit IT / BIH - Core Facility IT, Berlin) showed how the use of REDCap became part of everyday research at the Charité. 

Furthermore, a lively user exchange took place at the first meeting, which included user experience reports as well as future communication formats of the user group. Thus, participants discussed to establish working groups, which should deal with individual topics of a German-speaking User Group - e. g. a working group for the translation of the user interface of REDCap. The results of the different working groups could be stored in a Wiki of the User Group. This wiki will be used exclusively for the exchange of documents and information about the German User Group. Besides, a platform on GitHub will be created where code and snippets can be developed and shared collaboratively.

Finally, Dr. Peter Brunecker and Dr. Günther Rezniczek were appointed as speakers.


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About the TMF

The TMF - Technology and Methods Platform for Networked Medical Research (short: TMF) is the umbrella organization for medical collaborative research in Germany. Founded on the initiative of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research on May 1, 1999, the TMF has been bringing together researchers from different disciplines to jointly develop concepts, infrastructures and methods for research. Organized as a non-profit association, the TMF makes these solutions freely and publicly available. In particular, the TMF supports large consortia and lighthouse projects such as the current Medical Informatics Initiative in terms of content and organization by sponsoring accompanying structures. By pooling resources, the TMF makes an important contribution to efficient top-level medical research in Germany.

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