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GBV Association Conference 2018: How libraries embrace the digital transformation

As a prelude to the 22nd Association Conference of the German Common Library Network (Verbundkonferenz des Gemeinsamen Bibliotheksverbund – GBV), representatives from academia, the world of politics and the library sector discussed the prospects for libraries in the context of digital transformation. The hosts for the two-day conference, which took place in Kiel on 29 and 30 August 2018, were the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics and die Kiel University Library. The business journalist Jan-Martin Wiarda, moderator of the podium discussion, likened the issues surrounding future certainties to a change in belief system and invited the six participants […]


Practice of Research Data Management: Findings from an IFLA Project on Data Curators

In a project of the IFLA section “Library Theory and Research” (LTR) the profession of data curators was analyzed. Dr Anna Maria Tammaro and Dr Krystyna Matusiak answered our interview questions to tell us about the project findings. What was the aim of the study? The project of the IFLA section Library Theory and Research (LTR), entitled “Data curator: who is s/he?”, aimed to identify the roles, responsibilities, activities, and concerns of practicing data curators around the world. The main objectives of the project were: To prepare a vocabulary (a list of terms in hierarchical structure) and possibly an ontology, […]



European Open Science Cloud: How libraries can spring into action

The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) is to be established as a central infrastructure for open science in Europe. It is therefore important for libraries and other infrastructure institutions to know what role they can play in this context and how they can already become involved in the course of development. The development of the EOSC is flanked by projects such as EOSCpilot. Ilaria Fava and Valentina Cavalli report on the opportunities for libraries to participate and how they can promote open science. What are the goals of the EOSCpilot project? The EOSCpilot is a two-year EC project to support […]


Interview: How Open Science is changing the Landscape of Academic Libraries

In his master thesis Dr Thomas Gerdes dealt with the topic “The Open Science Movement and its significance for the academic libraries – An Analysis of Position Papers and Development Perspectives” (link in German). The focus was on a target-actual comparison and the development perspectives for open science in academic libraries. We asked him about it. How did you proceed in your master thesis? The term “open science” sums up heterogeneous aspirations for a more open science. What open science means for academic libraries is discussed in a variety of position papers and other publications. My work compares the target […]


Open Science ohne Kompromisse: Open Knowledge Maps

Die Wissenschaft ist produktiv wie nie zuvor. Jedes Jahr werden etwa 2,5 Millionen wissenschaftliche Artikel publiziert, Tendenz steigend. Vieles an wissenschaftlichen Informationen ist offen zugänglich: dank der Open-Access-Bewegung können wir mittlerweile auf über 100 Millionen wissenschaftliche Outputs frei zugreifen. Beim Zugang wurden also große Fortschritte gemacht – doch wie ist es um die Auffindbarkeit bestellt? Letztendlich nützt uns diese große Menge wissenschaftlicher Information ja nur, wenn sie bei ihren potentiellen Rezipienten auch ankommt, wenn die Ergebnisse in der Forschung wiederverwendet oder in die Praxis transferiert werden. Hier zeigt sich eine große Lücke: je nach Disziplin werden


Who we are (4) – ZBW Leibniz Information Centre for Economics

ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics is the world’s largest specialist library for economics, with more than four million publications in printed or electronic format and subscriptions to 26,000 periodicals and journals. It is among the leading Information Centres for developing and applying semantic technologies and Web 2.0 technologies for innovative information services – […]