Digital Information Infrastructures

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The research group “Digital Information Infrastructures” addresses the management of research data acording to the idea of an “European Open Science Cloud” as developed by the European Commission and of the national, federated infrastructure for research data recommended by the Council of Scientific Information Infrastructures (RfII).

Current projects and cooperations:

Leibniz Strategy Forum on Open Science

The Leibniz Strategy Forum on Open Science is tasked with supporting the Leibniz Association and its institutions. The strategy forum relies on the networking and Open Science expertise of the Leibniz institutions, which focus on the common question of how to establish Open Science practices. In this sense, the strategy forum envisions bundling the Open Science activities within the Leibniz Association across all sections and promoting the visibility of these activities at national, European and international levels. In addition, it plans to create an environment for cooperative research into conditions for success in Open Science.

REPOD – Repository for Policy Documents

REPOD is intended as a digital repository that makes policy documents searchable directly and across disciplines and ensures uniform quality assurance.


The project “EDUArc” adresses the question of which infrastructural, organisational and didactical framework conditions are required to sustainably build digital educational resources for tertiary education in cooperation with stakeholders. It is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.


The GO FAIR initiative works towards the findability, accessibility, interoperability and reusability of research data across national and disciplinary borders.

Science policy

The expertise of the research group in the area of Open Science and Digitisation of the Science System is increasingly sought after for consulting activities in science policy.


Open Science Conference

The international conference of the Leibniz Strategy Forum on Open Science “Open Science Conference” has established itself as the core conference for this topic in Europe.

Completed projects:


(concluded in 2021)
The project “Q-Aktiv” aimed to improve the methods for forecasting the dynamics and interactions between research, technological development and innovation. It was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.


(concluded in 2021)
The project “InnoAcceSS” aimed to develop a sustainable model for scholar-led Open Access journals with Internet Policy Review as a case study. It was funded by the German Research Foundation.


(concluded in 2021)
KOLab was a joint lab based on the Leibniz Association’s position paper for the Pact for Research and Innovation. The ZBW and the University of Kiel will jointly research and develop systems and processes for the optimal handling of research data and their corresponding software.


(concluded in 2019)
The project „GeRDI – Generic Research Data Infrastructure“ aimed to build a federated and linked-up infrastructure for research data (scientific cloud) where scientists can conduct multidisciplinary searches for research data. It was funded by the German Research Foundation.

EEXCESS – “Enhancing Europe’s eXchange in Cultural Educational and Scientific Resources”

(concluded in 2016)
The large EU-funded project EEXCESS used a completely novel approach to information dissemination. “Take the content to the user, not the user to the content” was the basic idea of the project. It aimed to link web content, such as images, videos, infographics, statistics or texts from social media channels and blogs, with cultural, educational and scientific content in a personalised and contextualised manner.

The ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics cooperated with ten other European partners. The ZBW was primarily concerned with the design of novel, linked and multidisciplinary information landscapes and with the technical integration of its search engine EconBiz into these environments. The ZBW also ensured that the project’s research findings became part of the public debate and found sustained use.


(concluded in 2016)
The LibRank research project engaged in the analysis and optimisation of search results in library information systems. It was funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Given the fact that the search habits even of scientists are characterised by the heavy use of commercial search engines, the project aimed to analyse resp. implement the effects and adaptions for library information systems.