Leibniz Library Network for Research Information - Goportis

The TIB is a member of the Leibniz Library Network for Research Information named Goportis. Goportis is a network of German libraries to which, alongside the TIB, the Deutsche Zentralbibliothek für Medizin (German National Library) in Cologne and Bonn (ZB MED) as well as the Deutsche Zentralbibliothek für Wirtschaftswissenschaften Kiel und Hamburg (German National Library of Economics – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, Kiel/Hamburg) (ZBW) also belong. These three libraries are in turn members of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Scientific Community (WGL) and this name is also to be found in the title of the network.

The network was founded in March 2009 in order to institutionalise the existing collaboration.

The aim of this collaboration is the bundling of knowledge and the promotion of further development in five fields of expertise:

  • Full Text Service: The full text service of the Leibniz Library Network for Research Information – Goportis – provides fast and simple access to digital and print full texts, articles, books, conference reports, dissertations and research reports either as copies (articles) or on loan (books) but also electronically. The service is offered worldwide. The respective partner’s specialised portals GetInfo (TIB), MEDPILOT, GREENPILOT (ZB MED) and EconBiz (ZBW) all offer comprehensive search mechanisms and order and delivery systems.
  • Licences: Licences are the basic reason why full-texts are accessible for all interested parties, either free or for a charge. Goportis therefore aims to make access to full-texts convenient and easy. To achieve this, the partners are negotiating licences with the providers.
    The Leibniz library network for research information is focussing on solutions for the access by ‘pay-per-view’ and/or ‘pay-per-use’ respectively, as well as on national solutions for transregional access to content via DFG (German Research Foundation) funded national licences.
  • Non-textual Materials: Currently and in the future, new pathways are being created for scientific communication which go beyond the hitherto main sources of information in use such as articles and books. An experimental study series can, for instance, supply research primary data, visualisations, audiovisual (AV) media, models, animations and simulations
    Through the allocation of Digital Object Identifier (DOI) names as a clear and unique reference, it becomes possible to integrate such non-textual materials in the Leibniz library network for research information’s partners’ catalogues. The provision of DOI names for the referencing of different, non-textual materials is a service now offered by the Goportis partners.
  • Digital Preservation: Graphic files of digitisation projects, electronic theses and dissertations, non-textual content, non-textual materials, digital grey literature – an ever-growing part of library collections consists of digital information in miscellaneous formats. These digital materials are collected and made accessible. The digital preservation for the long-term usability of such data poses a new problem. Goportis is aware of the responsibility of digital preservation and is currently developing a joint digital preservation strategy.
    Goportis intends to pursue a joint technical implementation. The digital preservation strategy will be stipulated in a Goportis Digital Preservation Policy.
  • Open Access: The free availability of scientific publications on the internet, i.e. Open Access, is of great significance. Goportis actively supports this process. With its own Open Access platform, such as German Medical Science, and in close co-operation with the scientific community, Goportis is ensuring long-term, sustainable operation and is an expert contact partner in all questions on Open Access.

On the Goportis information platform (http://www.goportis.de/en.html), you will find more information about the named themes as well as publications, links and details of contact partners.

In addition to the substantive areas of expertise, Goportis is working on marketing for the network and the organisations’ development within the collaboration. Thus Goportis is facing the challenges of the future both in substantive and organisational respects.