With its MPDL Information department, MPDL takes care of providing the researchers at the Max Planck Institutes, in a seamless and efficient manner, with all relevant electronic information resources such as journals and reference databases. MPDL Information is running all operations related to the system-wide electronic resources licensing program ("Grundversorgung"). In particular, MPDL Information works together with vendors and content providers, is responsible for negotiations and license agreements, organizes all electronic resource management activities, administers the search & retrieval interfaces established for the scientific end-users, and contributes to the Open Access agenda of the Max Planck Society. MPDL Information oversees numerous well-introduced systems and services and is closely cooperating with the information retrieval services and libraries of the various Max Planck Institutes.
With its MPDL Collections department, MPDL maintains data collections and applications for scientific information management. Its main focus is on operating and supporting the institutional repository software on behalf of the Max Planck Society (MPG.Pure). This system is the backbone for the search engine visibility of the Max Planck Society publications; it is also used to validate bibliometric databases and to provide data feeds for a variety of homepages, applications and reports such as the Yearbook of the Max Planck Society. This department also operates and supports a series of software suites and production systems filled with research data. These activities are based on sustainable application scenarios together with appropriate operational concepts as developed in collaboration with the respective Max Planck Institutes. Building on its experience in handling different digital formats, metadata and harvesting standards and in data processing, MPDL Collections can also offer advice for concepts and policies in research data management.
MPDL Digital Labs
With its MPDL Digital Labs department, the MPDL supports the Max Planck Institutes with inventive tools for scientists, contemporary infrastructures and information on new services. The mission of Digital Labs is to ensure a constant pipeline of new technologies to provide innovative and sustainable services for all Max Planck researchers. Contributing to the requirements of the constantly evolving scientific work environment, Digital Labs implements novel and sustainable tools for scientists within the MPG by evolving new ideas and technologies. With this unique approach, Digital Labs develops concepts, services and initiatives, that allow user autonomy, encourage open exchange between scientists and help benefit scientific research. In particular, with the blockchain-initiative bloxberg – the first global scientific blockchain – Digital Labs aims to provide researchers with decentralized and autonomous services and to foster collaboration among the international scientific community. The development and use of innovative tools and infrastructures also ensure a huge competitive advantage for the MPG.