University of Bielefeld

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Scholarly publishing / institutional repositories/ National networking

Bielefeld University has been the first university in Germany (July 2005) to adopt an open access (OA) resolution according to the "Open Acces 3 Conference" recommendations (released in Southampton, March 2005). Already in March 2004, the Rectorate established a "Scholarly Publishing" working group, comprising scientists of the university and chaired by the Vice-Rector for research. Bielefeld University has taken the initiative to work together with key stakeholders in Germany with the goal to coordinate a distributed, national network of institutional repositories in Germany. Bielefeld University, through its Rector and CIO/Librarian is also in discussion with the Secretary of the German Council of University Rectors (HRK), to facilitate the implementation of open access at German universities. The CIO/ Librarian of Bielefeld University is member of the scientific advisory board to the national "eSciDoc" project of the Max-Planck Society (in collaboration with FIZ Karlsruhe), a major, 6 Mio EUR initative, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Science (started in 2004). The project's goal is to create an open information, communication and publishing platform for the Max-Planck Society.

Technological, Future Oriented Digital Library developments

Bielefeld University Library is associated in the German and international library community with the development of cutting-edge services, in particular for digital libraries. UniBi had the overall lead in designing and developing the "Digital Library North Rhine-Westphalia", a 6M Euro project on behalf of the North Rhine-Westphalia State Ministry for Science and Culture. This project has been seen as the turning point for the electronic infrastructure of academic libraries in North-Rhine Westphalia and has been adopted in further Germany libraries beyond this State. UniBie currently drives a strategic project to deploy state-of-the-art search engine technology (Fast Data Search) as integral part of next generation digital library search services (BASE, Bielefeld Academic Search Engine, http://base.ub.uni-bielefeld.de/index_english.html). The library is also registered as OAI Service provider at openarchives.org and serves as testbed for new OAI-software like the "OAIResource Toolkit", a beta-version of a generic software solution to collect digital resources described by OAI-PMH records (developed by Herbert van de Sompel et.al.).

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Last Updated ( Monday, 18 February 2008 )
 
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