Maximize your library's efficiency
The Aleph integrated library system (ILS) with its efficient and user-friendly tools is currently used by 40 research libraries within the MPG to accommodate the daily demands of their researchers. Aleph supports the complete workflow of a modern, user-centered research library. This includes catalog enrichment, acquisition, serials control, loan, inter library loan, web-based search interface. The system configuration can be tailored to meet virtually any library policy or procedure, enabling the creation of unique policies and workflows. The service is hosted by GWDG.
MPDL and GWDG support MPG Librarians with regards to system configuration and optimization. We will happily assist MPG librarians who take an interest in Aleph and consider it to become their new ILS.
arXiv - The Open Access Article Distribution Platform
Spread your articles worldwide
arXiv.org is a highly-automated electronic archive and distribution server for research articles in the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science, nonlinear sciences, quantitative biology and statistics. Being the archetypical open access preprint server, arXiv is maintained and operated by the Cornell University Library. In order to sustain the operations as a free community service, arXiv is currently supported by a membership and governance model based on institutional contributions from the key user research laboratories. The current funding framework is defined for the years 2013-2017. The Max Planck Digital Library is organizing the support and contribution for the entire Max Planck Society.
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AWOB - The Astronomer's Workbench
AWOB, a workbench for astrophysics research teams
AWOB is a web based project and research management tool which allows astrophysicist to create their collaborative project, group or consortium work spaces. They can connect with team members or communicate, share and discuss data, ideas and results. They can edit their products and publish their work. Own tools can be integrated. The platform is governed by the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics and maintained and provided by the Max Planck Digital Library.
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Berlin Signatories Management
Join us - be part of Open Access
The Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities of 22 October 2003 is a landmark of the Open Access movement. Several hundred institutions have signed up since then. The official English text version has been translated in many other languages. The MPDL is managing the Berlin signatory process and community.
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Discover relevant papers and books
You can't find certain articles or other works with Google? Need to identify articles or patents on a specific topic?
Bibliographic databases are used to identify references to published literature, journal articles, conference proceedings, book materials, reports, patents, etc.
MPDL has subscribed to a selection of discipline specific bibliographic databases to provide MPG researchers and librarians with access to high-quality references information. Access to these databases is granted via a number of retrieval interfaces, including the Web of Knowledge, ProQuest, SCOPUS and EBSCOHost.
Follow the link to the list of currently subscribed bibliographic databases.
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CENDARI - Collaborative EuropeaN Digital ARchive Infrastructure
A pipeline for historical research
CENDARI is a 4-year project funded by the European Commission 7th Framework Programme for Research in following case study areas: Medieval Culture and First World War.
CENDARI will provide and facilitate access to existing archives and resources in Europe for the study of medieval and modern European history through the development of an "enquiry environment". This environment will increase access to records of historic importance across the European research area, creating a powerful new platform for accessing and investigating historical data in a transnational fashion overcoming the national and institutional data silos that now exist. CENDARI will enable the formation of new research questions, through tools for aggregation, interrogation and visualization of historical sources, source descriptions and other data.
The MPDL experiences in conceptualization and development of research infrastructures and tools as well as its strong involvement in DARIAH Project will be beneficial for the CENDARI developments.
The CENDARI Project outcomes and results, especially in the area of the data integration and semantic services as well as knowledge organization framework will further strengthen the MPDL orientation towards development of tools that support the e-workbench scenarios, especially in the area of automated data acquisition, entity recognition, data mashups and metadata enrichment.
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What's your Impact?
We provide the most comprehensive databases for science assessment and evaluation.
Essential Science Indicators - Based on Web of Science data, Essential Science Indicators is a compilation of essential science performance statistics and science trends. The chief indicators of output, or productivity, are journal article publication counts. For influence and impact measures, Essential Science Indicators employs both total citation counts and cites per paper scores.
Journal Citation Reports - Compiler of Impact Factor information. JCR delivers quantifiable statistical information based on citation data from Web of Science in order to evaluate scientific journals.
Web of Science Core Collection (WoS) - Multidisciplinary Citation Index comprising the leading journal and proceedings literature from 1900 until present. A feature of the WoS is that from any bibliographic record in the database links are available to its cited references, to related articles and to citing articles.
SCOPUS - A large abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. It features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research. Scopus delivers a comprehensive overview of the world's research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences and arts & humanities.
Follow the link to the list of currently subscribed citation and bibliographic databases.
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The knowledge base of the Max Planck Digital Library.
The Collaboration Laboratory (CoLab) is an interactive platform for sharing information, knowledge, and experiences across projects in the field of information infrastructure. The MediaWiki consists of more than 5,000 pages, 2,000 files and 750 registered users.
Your personal scientific collaboration and communication platform
«collective» is a web based platform which allows you to work together with your colleagues or project partners within a collaborative workspace. Workspaces can be structured hierarchically so that there can be areas for the whole institute/organization but also for certain departments, groups or teams etc. You can interact with your colleagues and project partners worldwide and communicate, share, discuss and comment data, results, ideas, plans, concepts and visions. «collective» is a customized version of the open source software Open Atrium and is provided as a service by the Max Planck Digital Library.
CoNE - MPG Reference Data Server
Stay clean, stay with CoNE
The MPG CoNE (Control of Named Entities) platform hosts and provides multiple sets of controlled vocabularies used to ensure data quality and data consistency in different MPG software solutions, e.g. in MPG.PuRe, the MPG Publication Repository. It enables easy data entry, differentiation of ambiguous data representations and therefore also clean search results. In addition to continuously extended reference data (like MPG affiliated authors and scientific journals), the service also provides authority records from different standardization organizations (ISO-639 languages, IANA mime types) and classification vocabularies (DDC Dewey Decimal Classification). CoNE can be queried via a machine interface and delivers data in multiple, widely accepted formats, like RDF/XML, JSON and HTML. A comfortable web interface enables straightforward creation, import, edit and search of data. The service is easily extensible and configurable for new vocabulary sets. This allows e.g. the inclusion of individual subject classifications for Max Planck institutes.
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DARIAH - Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities
Europe for Humanities
DARIAH is a pan-European initiative to bring together national, regional, and local endeavors to form a cooperative infrastructure for the Humanities. The DARIAH network provides access to people, information and tools. MPDL leverages DARIAH to explore novel information infrastructure services.
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Databases for Facts
Reliable information complementary to the Internet
Would you like to extract facts and figures or to conduct reviews and verifications?
MPDL provides to all Max Planck researchers a portfolio of more than a dozen databases with reliable sources and references supplying information compiled by experts. Find for example chemical information like substances, reactions, and structures with SciFinder or look up business facts and figures in the WISO database.
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Digital Libraries Connected (DLC)
Managing, Editing and Publishing digital collections
Digital Libraries Connected (DLC) is a publication platform for digitized historic works of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The current holdings date back up to the 16th century. DLC is a joint system of four Max Planck institute libraries and open for cooperating institutions.
Beyond serving as a portal, DLC offers web-based tools to support the publishing and editing of digitized copies on the internet. Scans, metadata, transcriptions and structure interpretations in TEI format can be easily uploaded and published. If no TEI is available, the integrated online editor allows the straightforward creation of simple content structures, thereby making it possible to find and navigate the digitized works. All copies in DLC can be referenced using persistent URLs. They can also be exported in standard formats. Integrated image tools enable detailed viewing of the ancient works. The integration of full texts allows searching also older scanned works which have been enriched with adding full texts. As all collections are stored in the same infrastructure, it is possible to search across different collections and institutions.
DLC is maintained and operated by MPDL.
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Make your content citable
Assigning persistent identifiers to research data and unpublished text material is of growing importance to improve the citability of these resources. This is a necessary step towards enabling easy data distribution and reuse. The MPDL is supporting Max Planck researchers with registering Datacite DOI names to scholarly objects stored in MPG repositories. This is done in cooperation with the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB).
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eBooks - The Collections
More than 650.000 scientific eBooks - one click away
MPDL has licensed over 650.000 scientific eBooks for the Max Planck Society. They can be accessed and downloaded directly from the publisher sites. To locate eBooks, simply use google scholar, the publisher's website or MPG.eBooks
The current collection has been growing over the last 3-5 years and continues to increase. The link below directs you to the list of licensed eBook collections as bundled by the publishers.
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Give a home to your open data
Edmond is a research data repository for Max Planck researchers. It is the place to store completed collections of scientific data sets with open access. Edmond can be used to publish raw data for re-use by other researchers as well as supplementary secondary data underlying a certain publication. Our research data repository features a non-restrictive metadata schema definition, as simple as you like and as complex as your parameters require.
Edmond is provided as a central service by the Max Planck Digital Library. It is based on the Open Source Software imeji.
MPG research output at a glance
The eDoc server provides an entry point to the accumulated research output of the Max Planck Society. Via eDoc, researchers make their work openly accessible worldwide by providing title information, and full text and supplemental material uploads.
Note: The eDoc system is now deprecated. Since 2009 the succeeding system MPG.PuRe is gradually replacing eDoc as institutional repository of the MPG.
Efficiency and Standards for Article Charges
ESAC (Efficiency and Standards for Article Charges) is an initiative pursuing the development of agreed service standards around Gold Open Access charges. This includes:
• help shaping the principles and conditions of the APC (article processing charges) based business model
• gain more evidence on institutional APC workflows and their respective challenges involved
• partner with publishers in order to work on the improvement of processes such as submission and author identification, invoicing and reporting
• start the discussion on efficient workflows involving all parties such as funders, libraries, authors, standardization initiatives, and publishers
• become a reference point and network in order to communicate good practices, proven workflows and guidelines on this subject
As of November 2015, ESAC moved into the DFG funded project INTACT, an open access infrastructure project that brings together three already existing initiatives which will now collaborate under one roof. Besides ESAC, this is the Open APC platform at Bielefeld University Library and the working group Open Access Analytics at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies of Science (I2SoS) at Bielefeld University. INTACT aims at an improvement of the infrastructure which is needed to ensure a transparent and efficient APC market.
Makes repository development easy
eSciDoc is a middleware software for the development of information infrastructure applications. It supports developers through a powerful Fedora-based data storage layer with object life cycle, object versioning, a mechanism for authentication and authorization and a search engine. PubMan, VIRR, Faces, eLabs are examples of eSciDoc-based applications.
eSciDoc was created in a joint project of the Max Planck Society and FIZ Karlsruhe, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and is used by many academic organizations worldwide.
Note: The eSciDoc middleware is now deprecated for new software projects.
Locate your journal across libraries
You can't find your journal with Google? Need to identify a library with access rights to a specific journal?
The Electronic Journals Library (EZB) offers information on print and electronic journals held by more than 600 libraries. Supported by collective data management across all EZB member libraries the EZB data is of highest quality and constantly up-to-date. It serves member libraries as an administration tool for eJournal licenses and provides researchers and librarians with a simple and clear information on access rights.
EZB was founded in 1997 by the libraries of University of Regensburg and TU München with the support of German Research Foundation (DFG), the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and by the Bavarian State Ministry of Sciences, Research and the Arts. It is operated at University of Regensburg. MPDL is an EZB member library and continuously manages the holding entries for the MPG licenses.
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Get a view of anger, fear and happiness
FACES is a research data management application specifically created by MPDL for the Max Planck Institute for Human Development (Dept. U. Lindenberger). It harbors a unique research data collection of images with emotional facial expressions (neutrality, sadness, disgust, fear, anger, and happiness).
The image collection is freely available for scientific purposes and was re-used in various contexts worldwide. It solves the challenge of data privacy by distinguishing an open part of the collection and other parts, which are made available to researchers on a case by case basis.
The FACES application is maintained and operated by MPDL. It was the beginning of a series of novel software developments at MPDL with imeji and Edmond being the latest services.
imeji - Planning, installation and support service
Set-up your own research data management repository
imeji is an open-source server software to describe, enrich, organize, identify, find, share, present and store research data. imeji software is a Web application with a RESTfull API and can be deployed on any operating system which supports Java.
The Max Planck Digital Library develops and operates imeji for following services:
• Open Access Data Repository: Edmond
• Research data enrichment, structuring and sharing: Gluons
• Administrative Data dissemination: Outbox
With our technical expertise, we guide any Max Planck institute interested in using imeji for its own purpose. Especially, we advise you on the best way to use imeji for your specific scenario and we support you installing imeji for a sustainable and excellent service for your excellent research.
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Information Needs Assessments
Report your needs to shape your information resources
How can I inform MPDL about the information needs at my institute?
Librarians use the MPG-BEER (Bestands- und Bedarfsermittlung) web interface to submit general needs (Wunschliste) as well as semiquantitative ratings for selected resources. A database backbone- also part of the MPG-BEER toolkit- facilitates overview, analysis and reporting by MPDL staff and ensures long-term availability of well structured evidence for licensing decisions. The complete toolkit was developed and is operated by the MPDL.
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Prevent plagiarism in your work
iThenticate is a leading plagiarism checker service. It makes it easier for you to identify and attribute any material in that may contain unintentional plagiarism. As an author you can ensure that you have sufficiently cited your sources. As an reviewer it can help you to detect plagiarism and attribution issues that could potentially damage reputations or spawn repercussions like financial and legal obligations.
iThenticate compares your uploaded documents to published research articles from global scientific, technical and medical publishers and web content. Highlighted text will include text that has been properly quoted and cited so it is not necessarily plagiarized. You will need to verify that every highlighted section has been properly quoted, summarized or paraphrased.
Note: iThenticate is a hosted third party service. As you need to upload your documents to the company's servers, it is not suited for documents containing sensitive information.
Joint Forces for Better Information Infrastructure
We enhance your information access
MPDL continuously improves conditions for more intuitive, more flexible and more reliable information access. Numerous software products and information resources are employed to support a seamless service to researchers. We work with various vendors as well as user communities on top management and operational employee level to monitor and influence upcoming developments for the benefit of MPG users.
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Joint Forces for Better Licensing
Better licensing conditions with national and international consortia
MPDL collaborates with national and international partners to broaden the scope of and to improve the accessibility to electronic resources for MPG researchers. These collaborations are very valuable for successful licensing negotiations. On the national level, members of MPDL participate in different working groups of the Priority Initiative 'Digital Information' of the Alliance of Science Organizations in Germany and are present in the GASCO (the German, Austrian and Swiss Consortia Organization). On the international level, MPDL drives these topics as a member of the ICOLC (International Consortium of Library Consortia).
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Keeper - Archive the way you work
Profit from safe data storage, seamlessly integrated into your research workflow
With the Keeper Service you can easily sync and share your project data and in addition we take care that your work is properly archived in the Max Planck infrastructure. Convince yourself of the reliable and high performant file syncing algorithms and the built-in file encryption. Support your team with the Keeper collaboration functionalities. With storing your data in Keeper you can be sure to fulfil the archiving regulations of the Max Planck Society as well as the German Research Foundation to ensure ‘good scientific practice’. Or you deposit your data to the Keeper Service after your project ends for long term compliant archiving.
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An ELN solution designed for scientists by scientists
labfolder is the place to record, integrate and manage research data. With this electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) software researchers can handle the scientific documentation effortlessly with a lot of support for compliance with academic standards. For Max Planck researcher there are two usage scenarios available: labfolder can be set up as a service at the respective local institute. Furthermore all Max Planck researchers have the possibility to use a central MPG labfolder solution
, which is provided by the Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL).
Language Description Heritage
Openly access hard-to-get language documents
Language Description Heritage (LDH) provides open access to descriptive material about the world's languages with a focus on traditionally difficult to obtain works. This collection is being compiled by the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. MPDL maintains and operates the LDH application. LDH relies on MPG.PuRe as its document repository.
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Librarian's Resource Center
Satisfy your need to know
Die MPDL hat die Aufgabe, den Wissenschaftler/-innen an den Max-Planck-Instituten alle relevanten elektronischen Informationsressourcen des institutsübergreifenden Bedarfs optimal zur Verfügung zu stellen. Dies geschieht in Zusammenarbeit mit den lokalen Bibliotheken. Die folgenden Informationen richten sich insbesondere an die Kolleginnen und Kollegen an den lokalen Bibliotheken in der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft.
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Library System Meta Support
The ins and outs of library system data
MPDL supports MPG libraries in the operation of their integrated library systems from various vendors. We help with system changes, organization of library workflows, and optimization in displaying the library holdings. We offer support for system librarians regarding data migration from different data formats to standard library formats.
In special cases, we contribute to the system librarian expertise at the institute libraries and at GWDG. Additionally, we provide consultancy and coordination concerning the upcoming decision for a next generation integrated library system.
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Start Messaging now within MPG and Collaborators
The Minerva Messenger (based on Mattermost) brings all MPG communication together, making it searchable, accessible & easy to use – anywhere. You can create your own chat-channels, communicate with team members, discuss current topics and share your data files. Also, you can invite external collaboration partners & use Zoom at any time. This innovative platform is provided & maintained by the MPDL, which means all your data is safe within our secure MPG infrastructure.
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MPDL Access Magic
Get access, get your journal!
As a Max Planck scientist you have access to more than 650.000 scientific eBooks, over 300 research databases and more than 15.000 journals!
This is possible through our service “MPDL Access Magic”. Learn more how access to electronic content is provided for, how you can get access to all licensed electronic resources from everywhere and at any time or find out more about professional MPG services to locate your specific literature. For more information follow the link below.
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MPDL Campus Magic
Seamless access to all licensed journals for your research
With the "MPDL Campus Magic" services we ensure, that MPG researchers have seamless access to all licensed information directly through google and publisher web sites. We accomplish that articles and eBooks can be downloaded without any bothering login or paywall experiences - so that you can focus on your research.
We verify authorized IP address ranges across MPG's IT infrastructure and configure over one hundred publisher website systems to recognize the IP addresses of all Max Planck campuses.
IP Address ranges are reconciled with publishers, providers, MPG libraries and IT departments via the SESAM IRMA system, where the authorized ranges can be downloaded in various formats, for transparency on authorized ranges. Following the following link to show current authorized IP ranges.
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MPDL Travel Magic
Read articles & eBooks from everywhere at any time.
To support off-site access, e.g. from home or mobile devices, we have created "MPDL Travel Magic", a pre-configured service subsystem that can be enabled by the MPI's IT departments. This requires a single log-in at your institute to initiate the access magic to all licensed eBooks and journals from anywhere. Subsystem and configuration of this system are provided by MPDL. For more information follow the link below.
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MPG Citation Linker
Have reference? Get context!
MPG Citation Linker can help you with your partial or complete reference information to locate the full text or other services. It offers a direct route without having to perform searches in library catalogs or other database systems. Simply type in the bibliographic information that you have at hand.
MPDL maintains this service as an additional access channel to research papers and keeps it synchronized with the MPG information portfolio.
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MPG City Service
Get the contact that you need
Looking for central support with IT and information services? Lost in MPG's organizational complexity?
MPG City Service is a Hotline service that guides you to the right contact in the right central organization of MPG to support you with your specific "digital" problem. Give us your name, your institute and a very short description of your digital challenge. We will find the right person to talk to across MPG's central organizations and have her or him contact you.
MPG City Service is provided by MPDL.
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Locate and read your choice of eBooks
MPDL offers a complete and continuously updated reference of most MPG-licensed eBooks on a by-title basis. The database can be searched via a simple search slot or by using expert search functionalities. The result list of each search is relevance-ranked and can easily be refined. Every listed item includes a direct download link to the identified eBook.
Display MPG's publication output to the world
MPG.PuRe is the institutional publication repository of the Max Planck Society (MPG). The Max Planck Institutes use this application to make bibliographic data of their academic publications (title, author, publisher etc.) accessible to the public. In addition, it supports Green Open Access and provides a possibility to upload full-texts or supplementary material (e.g. PDF, Excel).
The visibility of stored data is raised by automatic search engine indexation. Interfaces enable multiple re-use options, e.g. for various websites, reports, blogs or the MPG yearbook.
MPG.PuRe is a central service provided by the MPDL. It is based on the open source software PubMan, which is undergoing continuous development and improvement by the MPDL.
Since 2008 MPG.PuRe is gradually replacing its predecessor system eDoc as institutional repository of the MPG.
Find the database you need
You are looking for scientific information and appropriate resources? The MPG Resource Navigator (MPG.ReNa) helps you to find the right database for your retrieval. MPG.ReNa lists and describes journal collections, e-Book collections, and databases exclusively licensed for MPG scientists. Access MPG.ReNa to get an overview and navigate through the entire MPG collection as well as your own institute‘s resources.
Your bridge to full text PDF
MPG/SFX is your button to download the requested article's full text PDF. It takes you from your search results directly to the article on the publisher's website. You will find the MPG/SFX button in databases like Web of Science, Scopus or on many other platforms.
MPDL maintains this link resolving service and constantly feeds it with the most recent developments in the MPG information portfolio.
Create Your Own Repository - With MPDL Support
In connection with the development of the PubMan repository software there has been a long collaboration between MPDL and Japan's National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS). The cooperation resulted in the establishment of an own PubMan based institutional repository for NIMS. NIMS uses this platform for the management and worldwide dissemination of their scientific publications.
MPDL keeps supporting NIMS in its efforts by providing helpdesk service as well as regular updates of the PubMan software.
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Open Access Gold Publishing
Ready-to-go Open Access Journals
To make Open Access Publishing comfortable for MPG researchers, MPDL has pre-negotiated terms and conditions for hundreds of Open Access Journals. MPDL takes also care of the payment of article processing charges, when you submit to one of these journals.
In order to organize thousands of article processing charge bills and payments, MPDL drives the ESAC initiative under which academic organizations, publishers and funders work together to create appropriate standards and infrastructures.
Follow the link to the list of central agreements with open Access publishers.
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Open Access Support
One stop shop for Open Access questions
Open Access Support is your contact point for all questions related to Open Access. If you are a Max Planck researcher you may want to obtain information on how the Max Planck Society supports Open Access, for instance to help you with your copyright concerns or with handling Open Access article charges. So please contact us!
Please note: Librarians at the Max Planck Institutes also work on Open Access and may want to support you locally at your institute.
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Publication Data Migration Support
We make your data pure
Publication data in different source systems? Inconsistent data quality? Incomplete record of former researchers at your institute? Undocumented organizational structure?
The MPDL migration team supports you and your library migrating to the central Max Planck Publication Repository MPG.PuRe. We extract and convert publication data from systems at the end of their lifecycle. We convert data streams from various sources in a single well-defined format. Migration from eDoc, Endnote, BibTeX and other sources have become standard procedures for us. Over the last 5 years we have supported more than 40 institutes with their migration challenges.
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Present your publication data to the world
PubMan is a repository software which is being developed and made available by MPDL. It supports research organizations managing, disseminating and re-using publications and supplementary materials. This solution addresses all disciplines and focuses on the target groups researchers, local librarians and local IT. Due to the heterogeneous policies, cultures and workflows of the Max Planck Institutes, customization and configuration options throughout the solution features are of major importance. Being open source, it is freely available to interested persons or institutions all around the world.
MPG.PuRe, the institutional repository of the MPG, is using PubMan as underlying software.
MPDL also provides a special PubMan plugin for the established open source content management software (CMS) WordPress. The Plugin is freely available and enables the simple integration of publication data stored in a PubMan repository within local websites. For additional information please see our PubMan plugin test-page.
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Reference Works and Handbooks
Need to look up a technical term? Find it!
With about 50 different electronic dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, manuals or other reference works MPDL enables researchers to look up standard definitions and technical terms in all academic fields.
Key reference works are covered in the natural sciences (e.g., Springer Materials, Römpp Online) as well as in the social sciences and humanities (e.g., Oxford Reference Online) or key interdisciplinary reference works (e.g., Chicago Manual of Style, Oxford English Dictionary).
MPDL bundles the needs and organizes licensing, financing and access through the MPDL Access Magic services.
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Reporting and Statistical Analyses
Evidence based decision making
MPDL creates custom reports for specific decision making processes concerning the MPG information environment. Based on comprehensive and multi-variant approaches, we identify and collect target-specific financial, usage and structural information, analyze the data and visualize the results. As a result, insights are created into researcher information preferences, publisher relevance, information usage patterns and cost effectiveness.
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Research Data Management Support
Make the most out of your data
The MPDL offers advice and support in research data management. We help creating data management plans for project proposals, we have competency in metadata standards needed for the long-term archival of research data and we assist in converting data to commonly accepted formats. We support researchers in finding suitable data repositories and offer possibilities to store research data in a nicely presented, citable and reusable way.
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Research Funding Information
Enlarge your funding base
Are you looking for your next research funding?
MPDL provides you with access to up-to-date research funding information through dedicated databases. These comprehensive tools contain information on funding opportunities and many related news items.
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Sound bibliometric data for sound assessments
The Research Information Observatory (RIO) aims at establishing a technical and operational framework for large bibliographic datasets and other forms of citation intelligence in order to support subject specialists in the MPG to perform their bibliometric analyses and research assessments.
MPDL provides an easy to use interface to the processed bibliometric data and is responsible for the operation of the framework including the necessary documentation. Developed together with a core group of MPG subject specialists, the project is currently building up.
Read your favorite journals
With our service, we provide access to more than 15,000 research journals. MPG researchers can read and download all journal articles directly on/from the publishers' websites. To locate specific articles, simply use google scholar, services like PubMed or Web of Science, or the publisher's website.
Librarians can find journals by title in the EZB Journal Library and by publisher specific journal packages in MPG.ReNa
Negotiating with about 100 commercial and society publishers worldwide, MPDL organizes licensing, financing and access through the MPDL Access Magic services.
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Converting subscription journals to open access
SCOAP3 - the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics - is a global group of partners led and organized by CERN with the objective to convert the articles in existing high-energy physics (HEP) journals from their previous subscription-based model to open access. From 2014 on, after several years of preparation and consultation, SCOAP3 is centrally paying publishers for the costs involved in providing open access, thus removing any existing financial barrier for authors. The participating publishers in turn reduce the subscription fees to their customers, who contribute to SCOAP3. On behalf of the Max Planck Society, MPDL manages MPG's SCOAP3 engagements.
Realize your scientific application with us
Since its foundation, MPDL works together with partners from the institutes and from outside the MPG to plan, specifiy, design, implement and manage software development projects. Having a main focus on data-centric web applications (visualizing, sharing, publishing, archiving data), MPDL has its strengths in project management, software quality assurance and user interface optimisation, in web browsers as well as on mobile devices (including mobile apps). We use all common web and coding technologies and have outstanding expertise in database, file system, workflow, authentication/authorization, and transformation technologies.
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Software Licensing Service
Simplify Software Licensing
In the age of digital science prompt provision of an increasing variety of software is pivotal for excellent research. Accordingly, the demand for contracts on software, which is widely-used in the MPG, has been growing significantly. The Software Licensing Service is the answer to this. Strictly community-driven the MPDL prepares MPG-wide licensing agreements for broadly required proprietary software products as well as support and maintenance contracts for open source tools. Experts from the scientific domain, the IT-communities and MPG headquarters support the MPDL team in this versatile task.
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Give your information a better show
MPDL coordinates architectural and project planning for VuFind introductions at institute libraries. We support interface development and cross-system integration, and help contracting and coordinating our hosting partner.
VuFind is a portal software to search and browse through all relevant library resources (e.g. library catalog, MPG e-Books-catalog, article data, electronic journals). The interface is easy-to-use and enhanced with many features (e.g. relevance ranking, faceting, auto suggest) to speed up and support the process of searching. VuFind is open source.
The VuFind instances for Max Planck Institutes are hosted by our service partner Verbundzentrale Göttingen.
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Standards and Norms
Ensure standard compliance
To guarantee standard conformity IT departments, administration offices and laboratories need access to the latest version of standardization rules (ISO or DIN). Therefore, the MPDL offers a simple way to order the standards you need. The full acquisition process will be handled by the MPDL. Just give the details of the document you need to your library or acquisitions department and together we will take care of the rest- including the costs. MPDL will provide you with the standard’s full text and guarantees Max Planck wide perpetual access to the document. Every purchased norm can be found in our access systems MPG.eBooks and MPG.ReNa for future reference.
Please note that this service only includes original standard documents- no handbooks or textbooks. For any additional material please contact your local library.
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XNAT - OpenBILD
Exchange brain information
XNAT - OpenBILD is a joint platform of three Max Planck Institutes focusing on human brain related research. It is based on the XNAT software platform
that facilitates exchange of patient files, brain images MRT scans and other research data. XNAT is open source software developed by an open community. MPDL supports modification, debugging and installation of the XNAT software as needed by the Max Planck institutes.
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Turn early Max Planck scientific publications open access
Zeitschrift für Naturforschung is a peer-reviewed annually academic journal which was established by scientists from the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute in 1946. It publishes original German-language research manuscripts from the fields of chemistry, physics, and the biosciences with emphasis on original research papers.
The ZFN Backfile Hosting is a shared project with the publisher Zeitschrift für Naturforschung and the MPDL, which digitized and published the backfiles of the journal from 1946 to 2001 online as Open-Access on a separate platform. The collection consists of about 180.000 pages.