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FIZ Karlsruhe Looks Back on a Successful 2010

18.03.2011 - (idw) Fachinformationszentrum Karlsruhe

In 2010 FIZ Karlsruhe increased its revenues by approximately 10 percent to a total of 30 million euros. Also in 2010, the Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure started its work on the German Digital Library (DDB) and initiated partnerships in several innovative eScience projects. In addition, the Institute expanded its partnership with Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS). Karlsruhe, Germany, 18 March 2011 We are proud of our achievements in 2010: we further strengthened our financial foundations and successfully advanced our stra-tegic transformation, states Sabine Brünger-Weilandt, President and CEO of FIZ Karlsruhe. The Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure obtains approximately one-quarter of its budget from Germanys federal and state governments. The remaining three-quarters are earned through services provided to science and business and through partnerships in R&D projects. Our professionalism, neutrality, and reliability are highly valued internationally, Ms. Brünger-Weilandt affirms.

The expansion of services offered by FIZ Karlsruhe in the eScience sector bore fruit in 2010. The Institute kicked-off its participation in several large international projects, two of which are described here:

As part of the EU-funded SCAPE project, FIZ Karlsruhe, the British Library, Microsoft Research, the Austrian Institute of Technology, the Open Planet Foundation, and ten additional partners are developing long-term archiving systems in order to ensure that science, business, and society have lasting access to large and heterogeneous data collections. The partners in the SCAPE (SCAlable Preservation Environments) project hope to develop solutions to this challenge over the next three to five years. FIZ Karlsruhes contribution to the project will center on the scalability of repository systems and their integration in cloud-based infrastructures. eSciDoc, the eScience infrastructure we developed jointly with the Max Planck Society (MPG), will serve as the reference platform for SCAPE, enabling us to take the next step in the development of practical solutions for the sustainable archiving of very large data quantities, explains Dr. Leni Helmes, Vice-President for Development and Applied Research.

In 2010 FIZ Karlsruhe was also chosen to be the technical operator for the design and pilot phases of the German Digital Library (DDB). In a series of expansion stages, the DDB will network the digital content of 30,000 cultural and educational institutions in Germany (libraries, museums, archives, etc.). This content will be tapped by sophisticated knowledge management methods and rendered centrally accessible to the general public. This interdisciplinary project clearly illustrates FIZ Karlsruhes transformation into the Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure, Ms. Brünger-Weilandt notes.

FIZ Karlsruhe is already a worldwide leader in the provisioning of digital content thanks to STN International, its renowned online service for research and patent information. STN remained an important financial pillar of our operations in 2010, explains Ms. Brünger-Weilandt. The online service is operated jointly with Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), based in Columbus, Ohio. Attention should certainly be drawn to the excellent collaboration with CAS, particularly as our partnership was recently expanded in the processing of scientific content for databases. The Institutes strategic partnerships are quite impressive. Geographically, they extend from the US and Canada to numerous European nations and Russia all the way to China, Korea, and Japan. And institutionally, they include prestigious research centers and firms involved in various areas of the natural sciences, materials science, mathematics, and technology.

In 2011, FIZ Karlsruhe will continue in its mission to systematically support the overall process of scientific value creation through the integration of content, technology, and services. In order to address political, social, and economic challenges, creative researchers need sustainable infrastructures that provide a reliable basis for new forms of scientific work. We will continue to make a key contribution to furnishing this basis, states Ms. Brünger-Weilandt. Advancing Science has been and will remain our motto.

Additional Information
FIZ Karlsruhe, Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 7247 808-555, Fax: +49 (0) 7247 808-259, E-mail: helpdesk@fiz-karlsruhe.de
Press Contact:
FIZ Karlsruhe, Rüdiger Mack, Phone: +49 (0) 7247 808-513, E-mail: ruediger.mack@fiz-karlsruhe.de

FIZ Karlsruhe Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure (www.fiz-karlsruhe.de) is a not-for-profit organization with the public mission to make sci-tech information from all over the world publicly available and to provide related services in order to support the national and international transfer of knowledge and the promotion of innovation.

Our business areas:
STN International the worlds leading online service for research and patent information in science and technology
KnowEsis innovative eScience solutions to support the process of research in all its stages, and throughout all scientific disciplines
Databases and Information Services Databases and science portals in mathematics, computer science, crystallography, chemistry, and energy technology
FIZ Karlsruhe is a member of the Leibniz Association (WGL) which consists of 87 German research and infrastructure institutions. Weitere Informationen: http://www.fiz-karlsruhe.de
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