Press Release - Building the German Network of Open-Access-Repositories (fwd)

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Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2008 11:41:31 +0000

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Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2008 11:41:41 +0100
From: Birgit Schmidt <>
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Dear Stevan,

we would like to ask you to post a press release of the project
"Open-Access-Network" on AMSCI. Below you can find
the text. (I also enclose it as PDF - this will be made available online

Thanks in advance & Best regards, Birgit Schmidt


Press Release. January 16, 2008

Building the German Network of Open-Access-Repositories

The DFG (German Research Foundation) supports a project for the networking
of certified repositories in Germany

Today, almost all German Universities and numerous scientific institutions
systematically provide free online access to scientific publications and
other materials (Open Access). Germany with its over 100 digital
repositories takes second place behind the USA. In order to increase the
worldwide perception and effect of the German Research contribution, the
recently started project "Open-Access-Network" (OA-Network) seeks to
intensify the national networking of these repositories.

Supported by the DFG, the project OA-Network is a joint collaboration of the
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and the Universities of Göttingen and
Osnabrück. It aims to virtually integrate all document and publication
services with a DINI certificate and to increase the number of DINI
certified repositories. The DINI certificate was developed by the German
Initiative for Network Information (DINI) to evaluate the quality of
publication services. By referring to international standards and quality
criteria, Germany takes a leading role in certifying document and
publication services. These certified repositories easily blend in overall
networks such as the DRIVER pan-European repository infrastructure
(Repositories Infrastructure Vision for European Research).

Networking will not only be pushed forward organisationally, but also
technically and infrastructurally. OA-Network therefore supports repository
managers in the certification process and, at the same time, issues a number
of services on its platform. Documents are accessible by full-text search,
search via metadata and overall browsing. The platform offers additional
services, i.e. information about new documents (Alerting), export functions
for common reference formats and the link-up of printing services (Print on
Demand). Furthermore, the project integrates future developments from other
electronic publishing projects such as user statistics and citation


Prof. Dr. Peter Schirmbacher

tel.: +49 30 2093-7010

Dr. Birgit Schmidt
Goettingen State and University Library - Electronic Publishing - Platz der
Göttinger Sieben 1
D-37073 Göttingen

Tel.: (+ 49) 551 - 39 5228 / 91188
Fax: (+ 49) 551 - 39 5222


Open Access


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