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Current Projects

BASE is one of the world's most voluminous search engines for open access documents. Being a strategic project of Bielefeld University Library, BASE is continously enhanced.
Duration: 2004 -
Funding from: Start-up funding by Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Forschung des Landes NRW

About the project

Bielefeld University Library operates a technical platform for the publication and presentation of open access journals. This platform is based on the open source journal management and publishing software OJS (Open Journal Systems). BieJournals is part of Bielefeld University's concept for the promotion of Open Access / Open Science.
Duration: 2009 -
Project partners: Various editors of Open Access journals at Bielefeld University

About the project

The Rektorat of Bielefeld University supports the building up of campus-wide services for research data management under the umbrella brand Informium. The Coordination Centre for Research Data at the University Library offers comprehensive advisory services for developing data management plans and continuing documentation of research data. Furthermore, it supports faculties and academia to interlink their existing data services with global data archives. At the same time, the campus-wide service PUB (Publications at Bielefeld University) offers services for the publication of research data.
Duration: 2009 -
Funding from: Rektorat of Bielefeld University

About the project

The project records movies and broadcasts featuring literary texts for children and young adults. In addition, appropriate print versions (novels, short stories, fairytales, picture books, comics etc.), passed on stage performances and further treatments and uses are documented. The University Library creates a data collection system based on Drupal.
Duration: 2015 - 2019
Funding from: German Research Foundation
Project partners: Prof. Dr. Petra Josting (Fakultät für Linguistik und Literaturwissenschaft)

About the Project

Building on the results of the OpenAPC initiative, the project aims to create standardized, cross-institutional routines for aggregating, analyzing, presenting, and monitoring the costs of open access publication fees in a transparent manner.
The overall objective of creating market and cost transparency for open access publication fees is achieved through the following sub-goals:

a. Extend the collection of cost data by including additional open access publication funds,
b. Development of new methods for the qualified assessment of existing expenses and costs of academic institutions in Germany that do not yet have institutional support structures for the fee-based open access publishing,
c. Acquisition of costs for cooperative, non-fee based Open Access publishing models as well as for offsetting models and the Post Grant Fund of the BMBF,
d. Integration of KOA into a National Open Access Monitor.

Duration: 10/2018 - 09/2020
Funding from: German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

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Within the priority initiative "Digital Information" the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany established a National Contact Point Open Access. The objective of this project is to support a large-scale transition of today’s scholarly journals from subscription to open access publishing, such as the Max Planck Digital Library initiative OA2020 pursue it on a global level. OA2020-DE is part of an establishing international network of national contact points and collaborates closely with German universities, research institutions and publishers.
Duration: 08/2017 - 07/2020
Project partners: Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL), Forschungszentrum Jülich Central Library
Förderung: Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany

About the project

The objective of the project is to preserve Niklas Luhmann's literary estate and make it accessible for research as well as to study the genesis of his work and publish a critical edition of unpublished writings. To achieve this, the first step is archiving those parts of the estate worthy of preservation (manuscripts, card index, correspondence, library etc.). In a second step, those materials that are to be made accessible for research are digitized and prepared for further use. The University Library is responsible for presenting and cataloguing of items digitized by the Faculty of Sociology and also for secure long term preservation.
Duration: 2015 - 2030
Funding from: North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts
Project partners: Prof. Dr. André Kieserling (Faculty of Sociology), Archive of Bielefeld University, Cologne Center for eHumanities (CCeH)

About the projekt

open-access.network - Competence and networking platform in the field of Open Access

The open-access.network project creates a new information and networking service that will activate existing initiatives and link them on a supra-regional basis, as well as sustainably improve the exchange within the scientific community on Open Access. Information on the topic of Open Access will be made available centrally and reliably across all disciplines. Newly created, freely accessible materials, further education and training offers will further qualify actors and multipliers in science and libraries and impart competencies on practical, organisational and legal issues. As part of the overall project, Bielefeld University Library is responsible for two areas of work:
- It supports the editorially maintained information offerings by creating, integrating and expanding structured data collections that support the findability of OA publication opportunities from various points of view.
- It supports the strengthening of didactic competences and the knowledge exchange of OA multipliers by conducting train-the-trainer bootcamps.

Duration: 12/2019 - 11/2022
Project partners: KIM der Universität Konstanz, Helmholtz Open Science Koordinationsbüro am Deutschen GeoForschungsZentrum GFZ, SUB Göttingen, Open-Access-Büro Berlin, Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB)
Funding from: German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

About the project

Bielefeld University's Publication Fund supports the publication of articles in Open Access journals. With the help of the German Research Foundation (DFG) and its Open Access Publishing funding programme, article processing charges (APCs) levied by Open Access journals can (on application, where necessary) be paid on behalf of university members. The Publication Fund is administered by the University Library.
Duration: 2009 -
Funding from: Rektorat of Bielefeld University, German Research Foundation

About the project

OpenAIRE-Advance continues the mission of OpenAIRE to support the Open Access/Open Data mandates in Europe. By sustaining the current successful infrastructure, comprised of a human network and robust technical services, it consolidates its achievements while working to shift the momentum among its communities to Open Science, aiming to be a trusted e-Infrastructure within the realms of the European Open Science Cloud.
In cooperation with its partners Bielefeld University Library coordinates a work-package "Towards a Scholarly Commons". It examines key elements of scholarly communication, i.e., co-operative OA publishing and next generation repositories, to develop essential building blocks of the scholarly commons.
GrantId: H2020-777541
Duration: 01/2018 - 12/2020
Project coordination: University of Athens (UoA, Greece)
Funding from: European Commission - Horizon2020-EINFRA-2017

About the project

OpenAIRE-Nexus brings in Europe, EOSC and the world a set of services to implement and accelerate Open Science. To embed in researchers workflows, making it easier for them to accept and uptake Open Science practices of openness and FAIRness. To give the tools to libraries, research communities to make their content more visible and discoverable. To assist policy makers to better understand the environment and ramifications of Open Science into new incentives, scientific reward criteria, impact indicators, so as to increase research and innovation potential. To foster innovation, by providing SMEs with open data about scientific production. To this aim, OpenAIRE-Nexus onboards to the EOSC fourteen services, provided by public institutions, einfrastructures, and companies, structured in three portfolios: PUBLISH (catch all repository; Open Access overlay journal platform; data anonymization; Data Management Plans), MONITOR (Open Science and research impact monitoring; open citation indexes for article-article, article-dataset links; European monitoring of Article Processing Charges, publication usage statistics), and DISCOVER (open catalogue and APIs to the OpenAIRE Research Graph of interlinked publications, data, software, projects; discovery portals for communities; validation and brokering services for data sources to improve their metadata). The services are widely used in Europe and beyond and integrated in OpenAIRE-Nexus to assemble a uniform Open Science Scholarly Communication package for the EOSC. The project aims at forming synergies with other INFRAEOSC-07 awarded projects, the INFRAEOSC-03 project, research infrastructures, einfrastructures, and scholarly communication services define a common Open Science interoperability framework for the EOSC, to facilitate sharing, monitoring, and discovery of EOSC resources across disciplines.

GrantId: H2020-101017452
Duration: 01/2021 - 06/2023
Project coordination: OPENAIRE AMKE (Athens, Greece)
Funding from: European Commission - Horizon2020-INFRAEOSC-07-2020

About the project

The second phase of the ORCID-DE project aims at the consolidation of the ORCID consortium established in Germany. In this context and bearing in mind a sustainable operation, the dialogue platform will be expanded by FAQs that are tailored to different target groups and a helpdesk system will be set up. The contribution of the university library within the project will focus on a joint requirement analysis regarding the use of organisational identifiers for academic institutions in Germany and their meaningful linkage with ORCID; using ORCID in other context such as Open Access transformation; the development of an ORCID monitor and the implementation of measures for metadata optimisation and enrichment in the ORCID-BASE repository ecosystem.
Duration: 01/2020 - 06/2022
Project partners: Helmholtz Open Science Coordination Office at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, German National Library, DataCite, German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB)
Funding from: German Research Foundation

About the project

PUB is the institutional repository of Bielefeld University and preserves the scholarly output of its members. Operated by Bielefeld University Library, PUB provides open access to Bielefeld's scholarly publications and research data in accordance with Bielefeld University's Open Access and research data resolutions. PUB also collects digital theses. PUB has emerged from the project PubLister, funded by the DFG and is jointly developed by the university libraries in Ghent and Lund.
Duration: 11/2010 -
Project partners: Ghent University Library, Lund University Library
Funding from: German Research Foundation (PubLister), Rektorat of Bielefeld University

About the project

The INF subproject is responsible for supervising all data- and information-related activities by providing a collaborative digital work and research environment for the whole SFB. By bringing together expertise in the fields of information infrastructure, research data management, and digital humanities, it contributes to establishing new research methods in the field of the humanities that will support research on practices of comparing. At the same time, INF is creating a sustainable basis for ensuring the long-term availability of the research data collected and used in the SFB. This will guarantee the transparency and traceability of research findings, theses, and publications.

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Completed Projects

CONQUAIRE will focus on reproducibility and quality control during the research process in an institutional setting.
The Semantic Computing Group together with nine research groups and Bielefeld University Library will develop services and tools to support researchers when creating/collecting data, versioning data (including code such as scripts used for analysis), and making their data reusable. This project aims to facilitate these tasks across the entire data lifecycle while ensuring a consistenty high data and metadata quality.
Duration: 01/2016 - 12/2018
Funding from: German Research Foundation
Project partners: Prof. Dr. Philipp Cimiano (CITEC – Cognitive Interaction Technology) at Bielefeld University

About the project

The aim of the project is to support sustainably the implementation of ORCID at universities and other research institutions through a comprehensive approach. The project was initiated by the Deutsche Initiative für Netzwerkinformation (DINI). Within the project, Bielefeld University Library is going to add a claiming feature to BASE that allows owners of a ORCID number to add online publications from repositories to their ORCID profile.
Duration: 05/2016 - 04/2019
Project partners: Helmholtz Open Science Koordinationsbüro am Deutschen GeoForschungsZentrum GFZ, Deutsche Nationalbibliothek
Funding from: German Research Foundation

The project comprises three activitiy areas: OA Analytics will examine how open access publishing is distributed over German research institutions. With the initiative OpenAPC within the INTACT project, a platform is established that releases datasets on fees paid for open access journal articles by universities and research institutions. On a third level, the initiative ESAC (Efficiency and Standards for Article Charges) looks at the business processes of the evolving APC market and proposes efficient workflows while involving all parties such as funders, libraries, and publishers. INTACT collaborates closely with German universities, research institutions and publishers and is supported by DINI AG Elektronisches Publizieren.
Duration: 10/2015 - 09/2018
Funding from: German Research Foundation
Project partners: Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL), Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies of Science (I²SoS) at Bielefeld University

About the project

OpenAIRE2020 is the third project phase of OpenAIRE (Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe). With 50 partners from all EU countries, OpenAIRE is a large-scale initiative to establish Open Science in Europe. Bielefeld University Library is a technical partner of OpenAIRE and works in particular in the fields of metadata harvesting and Open Access usage statistics.
GrantId: H2020-643410
Duration: 01/2015 - 06/2018 (42 months)
Project partners: University of Athens, Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen
Funding from: European Commission

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Europeana Cloud is a "Best Practice Network" with the aim to establish a cloud-based system for Europeana and national aggregators and develop appropriate tools with which not only descriptive metadata, but actually digitized content as well can be linked and worked on.

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This project takes on key service functions in the domain of data and information infrastructure by setting up and administering a virtual research environment for SFB882. It devises and implements standards of documentation for the data generated, applies anonymisation concepts for data archiving and provides advice on methodology.

About the project

OpenAIREplus expands the objectives and results of the OpenAIRE project, which implements the Open Access Pilot of the European Commission.

OpenAIRE is a joint project – supported by 38 project partners – to build an electronic infrastructure for research in the European Union.

The aim of this project is a digital reconstruction of the complete corpora of the major review organs and literary magazines originating from the age of the German Enlightenment and the following epochs. The first and foremost criterion for the selection of the periodicals is their recording in the "Index deutschsprachiger Zeitschriften 1750–1815", elaborated by the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities.
Duration: 2000 - 2016
Project partners: Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities
Funding from: German Research Foundation

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Bielefeld University Library is active in the design of methods and solutions for alternative scholarly publishing on the basis of new business models. This site provides information on the debate about "Reframing Scholarly Publishing" which offers in addition to the presentation of ongoing projects first steps into the theme open access.

Provision of complex information objects from open access repositories using the example of overlay journals and for preparing archive systems.

The DFG project aims at the normalization and homogenization of metadata for electronic documents for repositories in general. This leads not only to better search options in search engines, but also promotes the semantic linking of repositories.

This EU project with the participation of Bielefeld University Library investigates the effects of open access publications in the area of journals.

Publication lists are part of scientific communication. Therefore the DFG project tests and develops sustainable services for the design and reuse of personal publication lists.Publication lists are part of scientific communication. Therefore the DFG project tests and develops sustainable services for the design and reuse of personal publication lists.

The project aims at cross-linking European knowledge stores (scientific repositories). Bielefeld University Library cooperates with nine international partners from eight countries.

DFG project with the aim to meet the increasing demand for information on open access and the networking of players engaged in the scope of open access. Bielefeld University Library cooperates with four German partner institutions.

Project for the advancement of the OPUS software for publication servers. Bielefeld University Library cooperates with five national partners.

The project aims at cross-linking European knowledge stores (scientific repositories). Bielefeld University Library cooperates with nine international partners from eight countries.

Project on the use of conjoint analysis as a technique in marketing research for the development and control of prospective services for academic libraries.

Project to obtain practical experience in the use of uniform teaching and learning platforms – creation of an online tutor for the library.

The Bielefeld server for online publications (BieSOn) is a service of Bielefeld University Library to publish scholarly work by members of Bielefeld University as electronic publication free of charge.

The subordinate project in Bielefeld deals with changes that result from the development of digital libraries for the education system.

Follow-up project: Fuzzy search query methodology for a cooperative research assistant.

Connecting to the Digital Library North Rhine-Westphalia, smartcards (e-publisher subordinate project).

Project to improve literature supply through creation of a digital academic library.