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We are happy to inform you about the newest update of our messaging service – Minerva Messenger. The Minerva Messenger (based on Mattermost) brings all MPG communication together, making it searchable, accessible & easy to use – anywhere. That is why we are constantly keen on providing you with new updates and ensuring all functionalities are working well.

The Minerva Messenger January 2022 update entails the following integrations and upgrades:

  • GitLab Plugin Release
    Accessing your GWDG GitLab account from inside Minerva Messenger is possible now. With this plugin, you can receive updates on GWDG GitLab repositories and manage the issues directly in Minerva Messenger.
  • BigBlueButton (GWDG Meet integration) upgrade to v4.3.0
    Improved join meeting UX and optimized the UI in dark theme. Added max length limit on the external user name. Fixed a bug where meetings with no recording were polled forever. Now only the creator of the meeting can end the conference.
  • Server upgrade to v5.37.5
    Fixed the issue that OpenID redirect did not work when hosting Mattermost on a subdirectory. Fixed the issue that v5.37 reported an incorrect mmctl version.

You can find additional details in our Minerva Messenger Knowledge Base.

If you are not on Minerva Messenger yet, check it out here.



With the new KEEPER Cam, you have the same functionalities as LabCam while storing all your taken photos directly on KEEPER, even offline. Do you find something interesting at a conference or exhibition? Do you want to record your experiment in real-time? Or you would like to share precious moments with your colleagues? This is made possible with KEEPER Cam, which is an office application to associate the camera of your mobile devices with your cloud storage space in your KEEPER account. In addition, the OCR function makes it easy to extract and store the full text from photos, which significantly improves your work efficiency. 

An upgrade and new features will be available soon!

KEEPER Cam is available in Google Play, Apple App Store, and mPad Store – check it out and make your daily work routine easier!



Whether assessing a publisher “read and publish” offer for the first time or developing a strategic plan to navigate the open access transition, adapting to the evolution of scholarly publishing is a challenge that librarians everywhere are facing. Some first movers have already worked through the transition locally and are looking at what comes after their transformative agreement phase, while many others are just starting out on their transformation pathway.

To support the global library and library consortium community in this process, the ESAC Initiative - an initiative coordinated by the Max Planck Digital Library - has introduced three incredibly rich and authoritative resources, fruit of dedicated efforts by members the international ESAC community that have accumulated first-hand experience and deep knowledge of the strategic and operational aspects of negotiating and implementing transformative and central open access publishing agreements.

Read more here.



ESAC is coordinated by the Max Planck Digital Library, in consultation an international advisory group comprised of library and consortium leaders with deep knowledge of the operational aspects of negotiating and implementing transformative and central open access publishing agreements with scholarly publishers. The ESAC community includes library practitioners who collaborate to produce open resources and who exchange experiences and insights via mentorship, dedicated working groups and other activities focusing on open access author and library workflows, data gathering and analytics, agreement terms, and stakeholder engagement.


We are pleased to announce a new service: RDMO for MPG – a tool to support the planning, implementation, and organization of research data management. The Research Data Management Organizer (RDMO) is a free service of the Max Planck Digital Library for all MPG researchers and staff. The software allows its users to create and write data management plans for various funding organizations.  It also provides the ability to cooperate on plans with a team, providing an overview of your project's work progress. The plans can be updated throughout the various project phases and forwarded to funding bodies. Additionally, RDMO grants an export of your project plans, creating snapshots of your work and assigning roles to project members.

The web-based software is open source (

For more info, visit the RDMO website.

If you have more questions check out the FAQ.


The Microbiology Society and the Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) have announced a three-year transformative agreement starting in 2022. The Publish and Read model will enable researchers of 86 Max Planck Institutes in Germany to publish any article accepted for publication in the journals of the Society open access, without having to pay Article Processing Charges (APCs). Through the agreement, MPDL will cover costs of open access publishing of articles in both fully open access and hybrid journals, allowing scientists to retain copyright and secure the broadest possible readership for their work.

Read the full press release


Nearly 400 participants, representing hundreds of institutions and consortia from around the world, came together for the 15th Berlin Open Access Conference (B15) to discuss the ongoing transition of the scholarly publishing system to open access. Co-hosted by the University of California and the Open Access 2020 Initiative of the Max Planck Digital Library/Max Planck Society, the online conference placed particular emphasis on negotiation processes with publishers.

In the two and a half years since the community came together at B14, negotiations of transformative agreements have advanced worldwide, demonstrating growing support for leveraging publisher agreements to accelerate the industry’s transition to open access.

Under the theme “Adapt and Advance”, B15 shed light on the ways negotiating teams around the world are adapting to the changing landscape of scholarly publishing, refining their principles and objectives, and setting new agreement benchmarks, while also acknowledging different local contexts and current financial realities, and the need for greater transparency and sustainability in these transitional frameworks.

The conference took place from 28 September to 1 October 2021. Further details, recordings and reports of the 15th Berlin Open Access Conference are now available. 

B15 Conference webpage

Read the full press release


Die Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) freut sich sehr über die seit fünf Jahren erfolgreich bestehende Kooperation mit Labforward!

Im Oktober 2016 gewann die MPDL das damalige Berliner Startup Labfolder, das mittlerweile unter Labforward GmbH bekannt ist, als Lizenzpartner. Das Produkt „Labfolder“ wird als Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN) und Laborinformationssystem (LIMS) von mehr als 1.000 der weltweit führenden Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft für die Arbeit im Labor genutzt. Das ELN unterstützt sie dabei, ihre Forschungsarbeiten schnell und strukturiert durchzuführen sowie Ergebnisse im Sinne der guten wissenschaftlichen Praxis zu dokumentieren.

Labfolder wird seit fünf Jahren von der MPDL allen Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft für ihre tägliche Arbeit zur Verfügung gestellt. Das ELN hilft Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler aus unterschiedlichen Sektionen bei ihrer täglichen Forschungsarbeit in einem Großteil der 86 Max-Planck-Institute.

Wir freuen uns daher, die zentrale Lizenzierung für „Labfolder“ zu verlängern, um den Service auch weiterhin für Forschende der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Verfügung zu stellen. Die MPDL bedankt sich für die bisherige Zusammenarbeit und blickt auf die nächsten Jahre des gemeinsamen Wachstums.

Weitere Infos:
Labfolder for Max Planck Researchers




The bloxberg Summit 2021 took place as a  hybrid conference on September 29 – October 1, 2021, at the MPG’s Harnack House in Berlin, as well as online. The bloxberg Summit is the annual meeting of the bloxberg Consortium. It has been organized by the MPDL for the third time in a row to discuss current topics and decide the further proceedings of the bloxberg initiative.

The third Summit focused on building Consortium Synergies and deepen cooperation between all participating parties from over 40 different universities worldwide. The Summit emphasized discussions and consisted of presentations of the current bloxberg Use Cases, Applications, and bloxberg Tech. It featured talks by Consortium members from Fraunhofer FIT, University College London (UCL), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), and the MPDL. You can find details on the talks here.

During the Summit, the Iron Throne Voting also took place – a voting deciding who is going to be the primary organizing/administrative entity of the bloxberg Consortium. By a majority of votes, the Max Planck Society has been elected for Iron Throne for a third consecutive year.

Since it was such an inspiring event, we are already looking forward to the next bloxberg Summit, which will take place in May 2022. The goal of this Summit will be to conclude the individual projects of the working groups and decisions on the future of bloxberg.

More info:


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We are delighted to announce that we licensed several software solutions for your everyday need at the lab and office! Also, for a better overview, we created different categories that will help researchers find the right tool they need for their daily work.

Check out our three new categories & find the right software for you.

For more info on our Software Licensing Service, visit our Software Licensing Service Website*.


*only within MPG IP-range


The Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN) has become a multi-functional data system that can import and export data, notes, and observations from other devices. Therefore, ELNs are also seen in the context of good research practice, and the demands on ELN systems are thus widely distributed. There are many requirements, ranging from simple use in everyday laboratory work to data processing, provision, and long-term archiving. ELNs are intended to make day-to-day research work easier; therefore, it is essential to not solely focus on the technical solutions but to consider the scientists’ needs. Thus, the MPDL conducted a survey on the usage of Electronic Laboratory Notebooks in the Max Planck Society.

The survey was announced in February 2021 via different MPG internal email lists and was accessible until 31st March 2021. The participation was limited to MPG employees. It consisted of 19 questions, including 15 multiple-choice questions and four free text questions. 

The results of this ELN Survey are now available online! If you want to know more about the conducted survey and the outcome, check out the following links to access the ELN Survey Summary:

Key Findings of the ELN Survey here.

ELN Survey Summary online via MPG.PuRe (limited to MPG IP range)

The chart data are available via the Edmond repository

The survey results will also be presented at the workshop about "Living with Electronic Laboratory Notebooks" on 20th and 21st September 2021.

eln survey 2021


KEEPER is always keen on keeping your data safe, even during your summer break! While doing that, our KEEPER team prepared something new for you to support you and your research even better. We want to present to you the KEEPER Summer Release 2021. This update entails: 

Improved file certification via bloxberg, which includes added library certification (up to 1000 files at once), added entries for certified files under “Library Details”, storing the certified file version and the certificates & an added option to add metadata. 

New interactive metadata form – no more manual editing of the file. This new form allows you to create your Cared Data Certificate easily, add metadata to your on demand archive & add metadata to your bloxberg file certification

Reworked and redesigned project catalog, allowing you to explore all libraries with metadata within Keeper, only accessible by MPG users. 

& many more! For a detailed description of what this release has in store for you, click here.

keeper Summer Release


Open Science practices become more and more a part of researchers‘ lives.

MPDL presents a virtual series of pertinent talks to provide Max Planck colleagues with the latest information on Open Science best practices, tools, platforms, and regulations.

We invited speakers from diverse fields to present their Open Science related projects, experiences or initiatives.

Our aim is to provide the audience with a broad range of topics coming from Open Science related fields like

  • Open Access -Public access to research outcome in the form of publications
  • Open Research Data - A free access to research data
  • Linked Open Data - Access to and cross-linking of public data stocks
  • Open Review - The quest for alternative solutions to the traditional review processes provided by journal publishers, in order to improve transparency in this field
  • Open Source - The development and usage of Open Source software for research activity
  • Citizen Science - The involvement of amateur or non-professional scientists in the research process
  • Open Education - The endeavour to a broad access to learning and training – far beyond the existing options provided by the traditional education system
  • Pre-Registration/Registered Reports - Submission and peer review of manuscripts, project plans and hypothesis

If you are interested in connecting with MPG wide colleagues, inspiring discussions and upskilling talks we invite you to join our 45 minute sessions starting on Wednesday June 30 at 1:00 pm (CEST).


The first talk will be about

Recent developments in the EC policy on Open Science

by Alea López de San Román, European Commission´s Directorate for Research and Innovation


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All information surrounding the Talk Series can be found here:


Newsletter containing information on the talks:

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We want to thank everyone who joined us on the ride through our first MPG City Week, which took place June 7-10. The whole MPG Family got the chance to network, find tools & ways to improve their work and research or get an overall orientation on our beloved MPG City.
We had more than 110 City Guides on our tour through 89 slots in which we explored various MPG facilities, networks, and services. The fabulous talks were followed by thoughtful feedback, and we are very grateful for each of you participating in our journey – over 1000 MPG Family members in total!

We hope you enjoyed the journey!


Die Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) freut sich über die Kooperation mit Wolfram Blockchain Labs (WBL): Unter der Federführung der MPDL hat Wolfram® eine erste Anwendung mit der Integration von Wolfram Language und IPFS entwickelt. Die Integration zwischen der Distributed-Ledger-Technologie (DLT)-Plattform von WBL und den Open-Source-Protokollen von InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) und Filecoin ist ein Schritt in Richtung dezentrale Speicherung und Analyse-Anwendungen.

Die Implementierung stellt eine Erweiterung des bloxberg Diensts Certify & Verify durch eine dezentrale Speicheroption dar. Diese bieten vor allem Forschenden, die keinen Zugriff auf dedizierte Speicherlösungen haben, die Möglichkeit die Daten und Metadaten auf IPFS zu speichern, die zu den auf der bloxberg Blockchain hinterlegten Datenhashes gehören.

Die Erweiterung des Services ist ein weiterer wichtiger Schritt, um die Nutzerfreundlichkeit von Blockchain-basierten Diensten zu erhöhen und damit mehr Nutzern die Möglichkeit zu geben, von den einzigartigen Eigenschaften der Blockchain-Technologie in der Wissenschaft zu profitieren.

Wolfram nutzt die Integration mit IPFS und Filecoin auch, um Funktionen und Anwendungsfälle zu entwickeln, die in dezentrale Anwendungen von Forscherinnen und Forschern integriert werden können.

Mehr Details zur Anwendung in Wolfram Language.

Weitere Infos:
Wolfram Blockchain Labs


The brand new LabCam app with exciting features has arrived! Now, all your photos taken with LabCam are automatically uploaded to KEEPER. Also, the OCR function makes it easy to extract and store the full text from photos, which significantly improves your work efficiency. 

LabCam is available in Google Play and the Apple App Store – check it out and make your daily work routine easier!





We are pleased to announce a cooperation between the Institute of Technical Chemistry (TCI) of the Leibniz University Hannover and the MPDL with the shared mission of developing and distributing a service app to make lab work easier and more efficient. The mutual goal is to further develop a Colony Counter App and provide its open-source availability for a wider network of Max Planck Scientists. The Colony Counter App is a tool, which allows taking and scanning pictures of bacterial colonies, by the inbuilt camera of the smartphone or tablet. Thanks to an image-processing algorithm, providing digital picture analysis, the app counts and determines the amount of captured colonies, enabling lab work to be more efficient and precise. The algorithm has been developed by Dr. Daniel Marquard, Dr. Patrick Lindner, M.Sc. Ferdinand Lange, Prof. Sascha Beutel and Prof. Thomas Scheper from the TCI.

The app will be further developed and improved for usage and distributed by the MPDL Team.

We are looking forward to this cooperation!


Die neue Website DEAL Operations ist ein Angebot der MPDL Services GmbH und bietet Informationsexpert*innen, Forscher*innen und Wissenschaftsmanager*innen Informationen und praktische Unterstützung, um die von Projekt DEAL ausgehandelten transformativen Vereinbarungen erfolgreich umzusetzen und optimal zu nutzen.

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The MPDL is always striving to provide services that are top quality in the smallest details. MPDL’s Sync and Share tool KEEPER makes no exception and one focus of it is the collaborative writing tool. After conducting tests for various document-editing systems, KEEPER has just received a new and improved Office service: OnlyOffice!
This includes better compatibility with Microsoft Office, enhanced collaboration with tracking, review, comments, and more! KEEPER-users have the possibility to work directly on Office files in the browser - independently of your operating system and device. You can also work with your colleagues on the same document at the same time, while also tracking changes, chatting, commenting, and reviewing. There's also the possibility to work with non-KEEPER users, making it the perfect place to collaborate or to work on a file alone, but seamlessly with multiple devices.

MPDL’s KEEPER team even wrote a whole experience report about it! If you’re interested in the whole procedure, go here & learn more about the challenges, the alternatives, bugs, and the overall happy end!


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A three-year Read & Publish open access agreement has been reached between the Max Planck Digital Library and The Company of Biologists.

This new cost-neutral transformative agreement - which runs from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2023 - ensures that corresponding authors at Max Planck Society’s 86 Institutes benefit from immediate open access publication of their research articles in The Company of Biologists’ hybrid subscription journals - Development, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology - with no author-facing publishing charges.

In addition, this landmark agreement enables corresponding authors at Max Planck Institutes to publish research articles without charge in The Company of Biologists’ fully open access journals - Disease Models & Mechanisms and Biology Open.

Unlimited access to the full journal archives dating back to 1853 is also available.

“We are very pleased to implement this new agreement with The Company of Biologists, and salute their willingness to test new economic models that are repurposing previous subscription fees to facilitate a sustainable and cost-neutral transition of their journals to an open access publishing model,” says Ralf Schimmer, Head of Information Provision at the Max Planck Digital Library. "This agreement marks a further, significant step in the Max Planck Society’s strategy to enable open dissemination of research, in line with the principles of the OA2020 Initiative and the Berlin Declaration on Open Access.”

Read the full press release here.


More info:
Information for Max Planck authors
OA2020 Initiative


The Max Planck Digital Library and Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers have entered into a three-year Read and Publish agreement. Covering all Mary Ann Leibert, Inc. journals previously subscribed, the transformative agreement covers the cost for open access publishing of all articles by corresponding authors affiliated with the Max Planck Society, eliminating APCs (Article Processing Charges) for authors. In addition, researchers at all Max Planck Institutes will have full access to licensed Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. journal content.

“We are delighted to partner with Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. on this new agreement that enables the broadest possible readership and impact for the research of the Max Planck Society. By repurposing former subscription funds to support open access publishing in the journals valued by our scientists, the agreement aligns with the principles of the Open Access 2020 Initiative and takes a further step toward the open and innovative scholarly communication system envisioned in the Berlin Declaration on Open Access.” said Ralf Schimmer, Head of Information Provision at the Max Planck Digital Library.

Read the full press release here


About Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers is a leading independent publisher known worldwide for its establishment of authoritative peer-reviewed journals, books, and trade publications in cutting-edge fields such as biotechnology and regenerative medicine, biomedical research, medicine and surgery, public health research and policy, technology and engineering, law and policy, environmental research and policy, and other specialized disciplines. The company publishes over 90 peer-reviewed journals, leading trade magazines, and specialized newsletters, in addition to society membership management and conferences.

More info
Information for Max Planck authors
OA2020 Initiative


The Max Planck Digital Library has signed an unlimited “read-and-publish” transformative agreement with Rockefeller University Press (RUP) on behalf of the Max Planck Society. The agreement covers open access publishing of articles in RUP’s three hybrid journals: Journal of Cell Biology (JCB), Journal of Experimental Medicine (JEM) and Journal of General Physiology (JGP).

Under the agreement, which runs from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2022, articles by corresponding authors affiliated with Max Planck Institutes will be published immediate open access under a CC-BY license and directly deposited in PubMed Central (PMC). The transformative agreement repurposes former subscription funds to cover all open access publishing fees for authors, and there is no limit to the number of articles that may be published under the terms of the agreement. Max Planck Institutes also receive unlimited access to RUP’s journals.

“The opportunity to publish their research articles openly in highly selective journals, such as the Journal of Cell Biology, provides a great benefit to our researchers and contributes to the advancement of science. We are very pleased to have reached this new transformative agreement with Rockefeller University Press, marking a further step in the Max Planck Society’s strategy to enable open dissemination of research, in line with the principles of the OA2020 Initiative and the Berlin Declaration on Open Access.” said Ralf Schimmer, Head of Information Provision at the MPDL.

Read the press release here.


About Rockefeller University Press

Rockefeller University Press (RUP) is committed to quality and integrity in scientific publishing. We use the latest technologies and carry out rigorous peer review, applying the highest standards of novelty, mechanistic insight, data integrity, and general interest to fulfil our mission of publishing excellent science. RUP publishes Journal of Cell Biology (JCB), Journal of Experimental Medicine (JEM), and Journal of General Physiology (JGP) and co-publishes Life Science Alliance (LSA). RUP’s nonprofit journals were established by the research community, and editorial decisions and policies continue to be driven by scientists who actively contribute to their fields, appreciate the value of peer review, and desire a better publication experience for all. Based in New York City, RUP is a department of The Rockefeller University, a leading biomedical research university dedicated to conducting innovative, high-quality research to improve the understanding of life for the benefit of humanity.


More info:
Rockefeller University Press Open Access Agreement 2021-2022 - Information for authors
OA2020 Initiative



The Max Planck Society has signed-up to the Biochemical Society and Portland Press’ pilot Read & Publish transformative deal. This provides Max Planck researchers with unlimited open access (OA) publishing and ‘read’ access across the entire journal portfolio.

This Read & Publish agreement guarantees all corresponding authors affiliated with the 86 Max Planck Institutes worldwide with OA publishing of their articles in Portland Press journals by default and at no additional author-facing charges.

The three-year deal, 2021-2023, repurposes former library subscription funds to support open access publishing, instead, ensuring a move away from the traditional subscription model towards a sustainable publishing model based on open dissemination of research.

Portland Press publishes seven journals covering different areas within molecular biology and the life sciences; two are fully open access (OA) titles and there are five hybrid journals where content is usually published behind a paywall, with authors either choosing to pay an article publishing charge to have their work published OA or benefitting from default, charge-free OA publishing where their institution has signed up to a Read & Publish pilot.

In the words of Dr Ralf Schimmer, Head of Information Provision at the Max Planck Digital Library, “Through their commitment and thoughtful strategy, the Biochemical Society is paving the way for learned societies toward a sustainable and irreversible transition of scholarly publishing to open access. We are delighted to implement this new agreement in full alignment with the Max Planck Society’s open access transformation strategy and the OA2020 Initiative, for the benefit of our research community and scientists everywhere.”

Read the full press release here.

More info:
Portland Press Open Access Agreement 2021-2023 - Information for authors
Portland Press Open Scholarship Portal
OA2020 Initiative


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Die Registrierung für den Workshop „Kompetenz Forschungsdatenmanagement in der MPG“ am 5. und 6. Mai 2021 ist nun geöffnet ist. Sie finden das Registrierungsformular hier:

Vielleicht haben Sie sogar Interesse, sich an diesem Workshop zu beteiligten? Unseren Call for Participation verlängern wir bis zum 31. Januar 2021. Bei Fragen zögern Sie bitte nicht Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!.

Der digitale Workshop wird von der Max Planck Digital Library organisiert. Er findet am 5. und 6. Mai 2021 statt und behandelt das Thema Forschungsdatenmanagement und Kompetenzbildung. Die Veranstaltung richtet sich an alle MPG-Kolleg_innen (Wissenschaft, Verwaltung, Bibliothek, IT, Wissenschaftsmanagement et al.). Über zwei halbe Tage finden Diskussionen, Trainings, Best-Practise-Kurzvorträge usw. per Zoom statt, um die verschiedenen Fragen und Interessen in diesem Themenfeld gemeinsam zu diskutieren. Weitere Information sowie das detaillierte Programm folgen unter kontinuierlich.


The Max Planck Digital Library and The Royal Society have signed a pilot agreement to enable open access publishing across the entire publisher's journal portfolio.

The Publish and Read agreement builds on the foundations of the central agreement that already covers publishing for Max Planck Society authors in the fully open access journals Open Biology and Royal Society Open Science.

This new 3-year agreement comes into effect in January 2021 and ensures that articles by Max Planck researchers accepted for publication in any Royal Society journal will be made open access and the relative publishing fees will be covered by the Max Planck Digital Library. Max Planck researchers also gain full access to the complete Royal Society journal portfolio, from its first publications in 1665 to date, significantly increasing their access to scientific papers in all disciplines.

Read the full press release here.


We are very happy to announce that our new Information Platform on Research Data Management has now gone live. You can reach it at There you will find a lot of useful information on research data management in English, including Data Management Plans, repository selection, and available MPG services.

The website is structured into the three phases before, during, and after research. Here we map many aspects of RDM and have made them comprehensible for you. We will continuously expand this information page in the near future. If you have any specific requests or suggestions, please let us know.

And of course, this also applies, if you have specific questions or need general support on the subject of research data management. For this, please contact our RDM support: Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!.


We are very happy to announce the three newest bloxberg members: The Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, the Knowledge Media Institute at The Open University, and The Chair for Software Engineering for Business Information Systems (sebis) at the Technical University of Munich.

The Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje is the first state University in the Republic of North Macedonia, founded in 1949, initially with three faculties. The University develops study programs in all scientific fields – natural sciences and mathematics, technical and technological sciences, medical and health sciences, social sciences, humanities, and arts. The Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering (FCSE) is the result of merging the two largest institutions of informatics and computer technologies in North Macedonia: the Institute of Informatics at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the Institute of Computer Technics and Informatics at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies. The FCSE fosters international cooperation in terms of teaching, research, and mobility of students within the curriculum mobility program, Erasmus+ and other international cooperation agreements. FCSE realizes intensive scientific cooperation with more than 250 Universities, companies, and institutions from Europe and around the world – more than 100 projects funded by various programs (FP6, FP7, Horizon 2020, NATO, US Naval Research, and bilateral projects with other countries).

Besides all possible computer science and engineering research fields, blockchain is one of FCSE’s recent research areas with special interest lying in its interconnection with other technologies and systems. Starting from undergraduate level, FSCE provides blockchain courses in their curricula, while on MSc and Ph.D. level they offer specialized studies that provide interdisciplinary research covering Machine Learning, Data Science, IoT, Bioinformatics, etc. “As a part of the bloxberg consortium, we are very happy to support and share bloxberg’s vision on applying decentralized services for scientific and research purposes using a modern blockchain infrastructure. Our colleagues and students strive to develop different applications over the bloxberg infrastructure” says Slobodan Kalajdziski, Professor at FCSE.


The Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) is a multidisciplinary R&D lab based in the STEM Faculty of The Open University (OU) in the United Kingdom. OU is the leading university for flexible, innovative teaching and world-leading research in the UK and in 157 countries worldwide. KMi has been at the forefront of innovation for the past 25 years. They lead in a number of areas, including Semantic Technologies, Educational Media, Social Media Analysis, Big Data, Blockchain, Smart Cities, IoT, and others.
The OU established the Open Blockchain research area in 2015, led by KMi, to investigate how blockchains can be used within higher education and corporate training and also the relationship between semantics, big data, and blockchains. Within the learning area, there are a number of scenarios where radical improvements may occur including: embedding micro certification within blockchains; the development of educational currencies to support the crowdsourced accreditation of ‘soft skills’ such as collaboration, communication, and leadership by peers; and new disruptive models for teaching and learning where intermediary layers are removed resulting in dramatically reduced costs and increased openness. Interoperability between blockchains and the automation of a number of tasks associated with the development of blockchain applications (DApps) through semantic technologies is a second focus.

KMi’s OpenBlockchain team has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience and a testbed architecture to support investigations in the use of blockchain in almost any scenario imaginable and has extensive experience working with the Ethereum blockchain. In May 2020 they unveiled a prototype mobile app that certifies COVID-19 immunity test results using blockchain and stores certificates in a Solid Pod. KMi’s Director, Professor John Domingue, said, “KMi is delighted to join the bloxberg consortium and to share our expertise to realize our joint vision for applied decentralized blockchain services“.



The Chair for Software Engineering for Business Information Systems (sebis) is one of the 25 chairs of the Informatics Faculty at the Technical University of Munich and is held by Professor Florian Matthes since its establishment in 2002. The chair contributes to the informatics and business informatics education at the Ph.D., master, and bachelor levels.
Blockchain-Based Systems Engineering is one of sebis' research areas since 2016 with particular interest focusing on institutional use cases, data analytics, and identity management in collaboration with multiple other universities and research institutions. In 2018, it established a Master's course called "Blockchain-based Systems Engineering", which over 600 students regularly attend.


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The Ss. Cyril and Methodius University

Knowledge Media Institute @ The Open University

The Chair for Software Engineering for Business Information Systems (sebis) @ Technical University of Munich








We are happy to announce the integration between Wolfram Blockchain Labs’ (WBL) distributed ledger technology [DLT] platform and the bloxberg infrastructure. This means that the bloxberg blockchain is now fully integrated into the Wolfram Language (WL).
WBL has developed a suite of functions in Wolfram Language that provide straightforward reading and writing capabilities for different blockchains. These functions also provide a powerful environment for users to create custom analytical tools. With this, all Max Planck researches are able to leverage bloxberg to confirm the certification of research data all within the Wolfram Language computational notebook interface, by accessing the new functionality, which is available in e.g. Mathematica.

Wolfram Mathematica is one of several calculation applications that are provided by the MPDL’s Software Licensing Service (available within MPG IP-range).

Read the full press release here.


More Info:

Wolfram Blockchain Labs


We are happy to announce that the global blockchain innitiative bloxberg has been included in the latest #DLT4Good report “Scanning the European Ecosystem of Distributed Ledger Technologies for Social and Public Good” of the European Commission. The #DLT4Good report is complementary to the information that can be found in the #DLT4Good Scanning tool. The report’s aim is to explore the current situation of Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs), such as blockchains. The scanning and the report are comparing 131 DLT-projects worldwide.

More Info:

#DLT4Good Scanning

#DLT4Good Scanning Tool

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Nachdem die deutsche Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft im Projekt DEAL bereits Open-Access-Rechte für rund ein Drittel ihrer jährlich erscheinenden Fachpublikationen verhandelt hat, können Wissenschaftler*innen in Deutschland ihre Arbeiten ab nächstem Jahr nun auch in den renommierten Zeitschriften der Marke Nature unter einer freien Lizenz veröffentlichen. Dadurch werden perspektivisch nicht nur rund 400 weitere publizierte Forschungsergebnisse aus Deutschland pro Jahr unmittelbar weltweit frei zugänglich; der von der Max Planck Digital Library verhandelte Rahmenvertrag ist auch überhaupt die erste Open-Access-Vereinbarung für Nature-Zeitschriften.

Eckpunkte der Vereinbarung:

  • Die Vertragskonditionen werden zunächst den bisherigen Bezieher*innen von Nature-Zeitschriften in Deutschland angeboten. Eine abgestufte Preisstruktur berücksichtigt ihre vorherigen Ausgaben für Nature-Subskriptionen sowie ihr durchschnittliches jährliches Aufkommen an Veröffentlichungen in Nature-Zeitschriften.
  • Der wesentliche Anteil der Gesamtkosten aller Einrichtungen, die sich für das neue Modell entscheiden, fließt in die Finanzierung von Open-Access-Publikationsrechten, die ihren affiliierten Wissenschaftler*innen zugutekommen.
  • Gleichzeitig erhalten alle teilnehmenden Einrichtungen dauerhaften Lesezugriff auf das gesamte lizenzierte Portfolio der Nature-Zeitschriften, und die Vertragsbedingungen gelten automatisch auch für Nature-Titel, die während der Vertragslaufzeit neu hinzukommen.

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Der Nature-Rahmenvertrag ist ein als Opt-In-Modell verhandeltes ergänzendes Angebot zum DEAL-Springer Nature-Vertrag. Die als Nature-Bestandskunden geführten Institutionen werden in den nächsten Tagen kontaktiert und erhalten detaillierte Informationen über die Vertragskonditionen.

Verhandlungsführende Bibliothek ist die Max Planck Digital Library, die Vertragsimplementierung erfolgt jedoch durch Springer Nature. Einrichtungen, die die im Rahmenvertrag vereinbarten Leistungen beziehen möchten, schließen einen Vertrag mit Springer Nature ab.

Rechnungsstellung und Bereitstellung des Zugangs erfolgen exklusiv durch den Verlag. Die Max Planck Digital Library verwaltet für den Vertragszeitraum lediglich die Open-Access-Publikationsrechte der teilnehmenden Einrichtungen.

Der Rahmenvertrag zwischen Springer Nature und der MPDL wird in Kürze veröffentlicht.


10 verschiedene Kommunikationstools zu nutzen ist anstrengend? Finden wir auch und haben eine Lösung: der Minerva Messenger bringt die Kommunikation der MPG zusammen und bietet einfachen Zugang und Nutzung – egal wo man sich befindet!

Minerva Messenger (basierend auf Mattermost) ermöglicht es eigene Chat-Channels zu eröffnen, um mit Kollegen zu kommunizieren, aktuelle Themen zu diskutieren und Daten zu teilen. Außerdem kann man externe Gäste zur Kollaboration einladen & jederzeit Zoomen. Diese innovative Plattform wird von der MPDL bereitgestellt & gepflegt, das bedeutet alle Daten werden innerhalb der geschützten MPG Infrastruktur gesichert. Beginne jetzt Nachrichten an deine Kollegen zu schicken & werde Teil der einzigartigen Minerva-Community!


Mehr Info:

Minerva Messenger Clickable Mind Map

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We are very happy about the newest addition to the bloxberg Consortium: The University of West Attica (UniWA) was founded as the result of merging two Technological Institutes of the country. UniWA currently has 5 Schools and 26 Departments, constituting the third biggest university in Greece in terms of enrolled students.

CoNSeRT (COmputer Networks & SErvices Research laboraTory) was established in 2018, initially as a research team, part of the Communications & Networks Lab of the Electrical & Electronics Engineering Department of the University of West Attica (UniWA). The achievements and success of the research team have led to its evolution to a research laboratory, established in April 2019. Its main objectives include research and teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, the establishment of appropriate infrastructures, participation in research programs, provision of services, and interconnecting with social, scientific, and productive organizations on subjects related to the research focus of the Lab.

Blockchain is one of CoNSeRT’s recent research areas with special interest lying with its interconnection with other technologies and systems, e.g., IoT (e.g., Decentralized Identifiers), Machine and Federated learning, and 5G infrastructures. "At the same time, everyone in CoNSeRT is extremely glad to support and share bloxberg’s vision on applying decentralized services for scientific and research purposes using a modern Blockchain infrastructure", says Dimitris Kogias, a senior researcher at CoNSeRT.


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University of West Attica




Die neue Open Access-Plattform SAIRA® von Fraunhofer FIT und Fraunhofer hilft dabei, Forschungsergebnisse rund um Covid-19 schnell, unkompliziert und offen zu publizieren. Für die nötige Sicherheit soll künftig die Anbindung an die bloxberg Blockchain sorgen.

Das bloxberg Konsortiums Mitglied Fraunhofer Gesellschaft hat mit dem Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Informationstechnik FIT in Kooperation mit dem von Fraunhofer geführten Sekretariat der World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organizations (WAITRO) die Plattform SAIRA® Open Access Hub geschaffen. Diese hilft nun dabei Forschungsergebnisse zum Thema Covid-19 schnell, unkompliziert und offen zu publizieren.
Über den Open Access Hub wird jedem die Möglichkeit geboten Technologien und Inhalte einzustellen und diese öffentlich verfügbar zu machen. Die Qualität der eingereichten Beiträge wird durch Reviewer der assoziierten Partner der WAITRO sowie der Fraunhofer Gesellschaft selbst gewährleistet.

Ferner wird der Open Access Hub zusätzlich an die bloxberg Blockchain angebunden. Somit besteht neben der oben genannten Qualitätsprüfung ebenfalls die Absicherung über die Blockchain Technologie, um Authentizität, Sicherheit und Nachvollziehbarkeit gewehrleisten zu können. Dadurch wird bei den eingereichten Beiträgen sichergestellt, dass sie unverfälscht sind.


Mehr Infos:

Pressemitteilung Fraunhofer Gesellschaft

Fraunhofer FIT





The Max Planck Society and leading not-for-profit scholarly publisher in the physical sciences AIP Publishing have signed a new Read and Publish agreement.

As a result of this transformative agreement, articles by Max Planck Society-affiliated corresponding authors accepted for publication in any AIP Publishing-owned journal will be made open access immediately upon publication without any article processing charge (APC) being billed to the author. The cost for open access publishing services will, instead, be covered by the Max Planck Digital Library, as part of the Society’s strategy to redirect subscription investments to deliver open access publishing opportunities to its scientists in the journals most relevant to them, in line with the objectives of the global Open Access 2020 Initiative.

Prof. Dr. Klaus Blaum, Vice President of the Max Planck Society’s Scientific Council for Chemistry, Physics and Technology remarked, ‘‘By signing a transformative agreement with AIP Publishing, the Max Planck Society is enabling greater visibility, impact, and potential of German research, to serve the greater good of scholarship and society. Our scientists value AIP Publishing’s portfolio of high-quality journals as a channel to openly communicate the results of their research to peers and learners everywhere.”

In addition, researchers at all Max Planck institute will have access to the content in journals published by AIP Publishing (including those published on behalf of partners) from their first publications through 2020.

Read the full press release

Further information for MPS authors about this agreement


COLLEGE PARK, MD, and MUNICH, GERMANY, JULY 7, 2020 — The American Physical Society (APS) and the Max Planck Gesellschaft (MPG) have finalized the terms of a strategic partnership that allows MPG authors to easily publish open access in all hybrid and gold Physical Review journals at no direct cost to authors. At the center of the collaboration is APS’s first “read and publish” pilot, covering the calendar year 2020, and building upon the long-standing relationship between APS and the Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL). 

“This expansion of our valued partnership with the Max Planck Society is aligned with our mission to advance scientific discovery and research dissemination, and it reflects our organizations’ shared commitment to open science,” said APS Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Kate Kirby.

The collaboration initiated late last year, as APS and MPDL began working together on the development of new processes and systems required to support the pilot, and the resulting workflows have been fully functional since early 2020. Both organizations are committed to further collaboration on continuously improving this infrastructure to further support sustainable open access publishing. This will also allow APS to offer new open access publishing services more broadly, and thus continue to expand its role in supporting open science and the evolving needs of the broader scientific community. 

Prof. Klaus Blaum, incoming Vice President of the Max Planck Society’s Scientific Council for Chemistry, Physics and Technology said, “The journals of APS are highly valued by our scientists and our peers globally, and this new agreement will enable the broadest possible readership for a significant portion of our peer-reviewed research, ultimately improving and accelerating the scientific process.”

“This new transformative agreement with APS marks an important development in our strategy to repurpose our subscription investments in order to deliver open access publishing opportunities to our authors while, at the same time, contributing to the broader transition of today’s scholarly journals to open access in line with objectives Open Access 2020 Initiative,” said Ralf Schimmer, Head of Information at the Max Planck Digital Library.

Both hybrid and fully open access peer-reviewed journals published by APS -- including highly-selective flagship titles such as Physical Review Letters and Physical Review X -- are covered under the read and publish pilot. 

“The pilot is designed to deliver tremendous value to researchers by providing the opportunity to conveniently publish open access in the most-read and highest-cited peer-reviewed journals in physics and related disciplines, broadly trusted and valued by researchers around the world for more than 127 years,” said APS Publisher Dr. Matthew Salter.

To publish open access in these journals and make their articles immediately and freely available to readers without a subscription, authors are generally required to pay a fee. Under the new transformative agreement, the article publication charges (APCs) are covered by the institutional license fee, meaning that authors affiliated with any of 88 Max Planck institutes and research facilities can publish open access in the Physical Review journals without needing to spend time and resources on the invoicing and payment process. Upon publication their papers will be made immediately open access under a CC-BY license allowing broad access and reuse rights.

“The development of this partnership was motivated by our organizations’ mutual commitment to providing excellent service to our shared customers, the research communities,” said APS Associate Publisher Jeff Lewandowski. “By facilitating hassle-free open access publishing that allows MPG authors to maximize the visibility and impact of their research, and increasing the open access content available to users worldwide, together we are now serving those communities more effectively than ever before.” 

The 2020 license also continues to provide MPG-affiliated readers access to the entire APS online library, including peer-reviewed research and review articles published from 1893 to the present. APS and MPG have also made significant progress towards developing a longer-term arrangement to extend this open access partnership beyond 2020 in a manner that is sustainable for both organizations and able to adapt to the evolving open science landscape.

The new partnership is the latest in a long series of innovations by APS in support of its goal to provide sustainable open access options for all researchers across the communities it serves. In the 1990s APS adopted policies supporting green open access through self-archiving, and also launched one of the first fully open access journals in physics. Since then it has continued to invest and innovate in open science through a number of initiatives, including: developing fully open access and hybrid journals to meet a diverse array of author needs; subsidizing open access publishing costs; supporting CHORUS as a founding member; and participating in the SCOAP3 initiative to facilitate convenient open access publishing for high-energy physics researchers. 


About the Max Planck Society

The Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science is an independent, non-profit research organization. Focusing on research fields that are particularly innovative, the 83 Max Planck Institutes conduct basic research in the service of the general public in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. More than 15,000 studies by its researchers are published each year in internationally renowned scientific journals.

About the American Physical Society

The American Physical Society is a nonprofit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy, and international activities. APS represents over 55,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories, and industry in the United States and throughout the world. Society offices are located in College Park, Maryland (Headquarters), Ridge, New York, and Washington, DC.


Dank der wachsenden Zahl an Verträgen, welche die Max Planck Digital Library mit großen Verlagen bisher verhandelt hat, können Max Planck Autorinnen und Autoren ihre Artikel sofort und kostenfrei Open Access publizieren und somit nachweislich ihre eigene Sichtbarkeit und Wirkung ihrer Arbeit vergrößern!

Auf unserer neuen Open Access Publikationssupport Website finden Sie alle Zeitschriften, die von diesen Verträgen abgedeckt werden.

Beim Publizieren eines Artikels in einer der gelisteten Zeitschriften werden alle Kosten für das Open Access Publizieren durch die von der MPDL für alle Max Planck Autorinnen und Autoren zentral geschlossenen Verträge komplett abgedeckt.

Lernen Sie hier mehr über die Open Access Publikationsunterstützung für Autorinnen und Autoren der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft.


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Die Max Planck Digital Library freut sich mitteilen zu können, dass eine Rückkehr in die Räumlichkeiten der MPDL nun möglich ist. Am 16. Juni 2020 begrüßte die MPDL die ersten Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter, unter besonderer Rücksicht auf die vorgegebenen Sicherheitsmaßnahmen. Wir freuen uns, dass die MPDL trotz mobilem Arbeiten weiterhin die Nutzung aller Services bereitstellen konnte – ein großes Dankeschön an alle Beteiligten.



Das bloxberg Summit 2020 fand am 28. Mai und 2. Juni online statt. Das Summit ist die alljährige Konferenz des bloxberg Konsortiums, welches dieses Jahr zum zweiten Mal von der MPDL organisiert wurde. Auf der Konferenz werden die neusten Projekte und Themen rund um das Thema Blockchain und Wissenschaft diskutiert.
Am ersten Tag der diesjährigen Konferenz stellten sich die Third Parties ARTiFACTS®, Decentralized Science, Ethernity HODL UG , sowie Wolfram Blockchain Labs vor und präsentierten ihre Anwendungen die auf der bloxberg Blockchain laufen. Themen wie die Integration von Blockchain und Cloud-Computing Technologies, dezentrale Reputationssysteme für Wissenschaftler und Funktionen, die es ermöglichen mit Blockchain zu interagieren, wurden vorgstellt.

Zum Teil II des Summits, welches am 2. Juni stattfand, haben Repräsentanten der Universitäten und Institutionen, die Teil des Konsortiums sind, ihre aktuellen Projekte zum Thema Blockchain präsentiert. Darunter die Universität Nicosia, die Universität Genf, die Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg, die FH Technikum Wien sowie die MPDL.

Die Universität Nicosia stellte das Projekt DLT4ALL vor, dessen Ziel es ist, Blockchain und Distributed Ledger Technologien und deren Anwendung verständlicher zu machen. Die MPDL präsentierte ihr neustes Projekt für die Aggregation von Peer Reviews für bloxberg, das als Ziel hat, die Anerkennung von Wissenschaftlern für ihre Peer Reviews zu steigern. Ein Konzept das eine Möglichkeit für die Wiederverwendung von wissenschaftlichen Daten für bloxberg bietet, wurde von der HAW Hamburg besprochen. Auch die mögliche Sicherheit die eine Blockchain bietet, wurde zum Thema zweier Vorträge. Die Universität Genf sprach sich für eine Verifikation von Diplomen, basierend auf einem Smart Contract auf bloxberg, aus. Die FH Technikum Wien hielt eine Präsentation über Electronic Voting, das durch die Blockchain Technologie gesichert wird.

Wir bedanken uns bei den Vortragenden sowie Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmern. Das bloxberg Summit 2020 war ein voller Erfolg und hat zu weiteren Diskussionen zum Thema Blockchain und Wissenschaft inspiriert! Mehr Informationen zu den präsentierten Projekten und Themen sind auf den Internetseiten der jeweiligen Institutionen zu finden. 


Weitere Links:


FH Technikum Wien

HAW Hamburg

Universität Genf

Universität Nicosia


Mehr Informationen zu den Third Parties finden Sie hier.



Edmond, das nun hervorragend etablierte Forschungsdatenrepositorium der MPG, wächst weiterhin kontinuierlich: Die Anzahl der Datensammlungen steigt im Schnitt wöchentlich, derzeit fast täglich. Stets mehr Max Planck Institute nutzen Edmond; aktuell sind es 33 MPIs.

Mitte des Jahres 2019 starteten wir intensiv damit, eine Reihe von Neuerungen an unserem Repositorium vorzunehmen. Dieser Prozess ist nun abgeschlossen.
Jene Anpassungen betreffen zum Beispiel die Verlinkung von Datensätzen mit anderen Quellen, eine optimierte Datendokumentation (Ergänzung von weiteren Metadaten-Feldern) und verbesserte Suchfunktionen. Außerdem ist es nun auch möglich, für (noch) unveröffentlichte Datensammlungen eine DOI zu reservieren. Der starke Bedarf der Fach-Community nach dieser Möglichkeit begleitete uns nun schon eine ganze Weile. Umso mehr freuen wir uns, die exzellente Arbeit unserer WissenschaftlerInnen damit nun noch etwas mehr erleichtern zu können. Das Datenlimit pro Nutzer haben wir auf 10GB erhöht, mehr ist Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein! jederzeit möglich. 

Trotz oder gerade aufgrund aller Neuerungen: Edmond bleibt benutzerfreundlich wie gewohnt.

Mehr zu Entwicklungen im Repositorium hier.

Mehr zu neuen Metadaten-Feldern hier.



Die Max Planck Digital Library nimmt die rasche Verbreitung des Corona-Virus sehr ernst und hat beschlossen Vorsichtsmaßnahmen anzupassen, um alle Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter sowie Gäste der Einrichtung zu schützen. Bis auf Weiteres abeiten alle Angestellten der MPDL mobil von zu Hause aus. Alle Services der MPDL können wie gewohnt weiterhin genutzt werden.



Der Blockchain Bundesverband übergab am 11. März sein „Aktionspapier Blockchain“ an die Staatsministerin für Digitalisierung Dorothee Bär. Damit soll die Bundesregierung bei der konkreten Umsetzung von Anwendungen mit der Blockchain-Technologie unterstütz werden.
Im Bereich Forschung wird bloxberg, eine von der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft initiierte, globale Blockchain-Initiative, als einziges Projekt hervorgehoben. bloxberg wird als Proof-of-Concept für eine Blockchain in der Wissenschaftswelt empfohlen, auf der beispielsweise das BMBF oder die DFG projektgebundene Forschungsmitteltokens verteilen könnten.

Mit dem Aktionspapier werden vom Präsidenten des Verbands, Florian Glatz, konkrete Forderungen an verschiedene Ministerien weitergeben. Anwesend waren u.a. Vertreter der Ministerien BMWi, BMJV, BMZ, BMWI, BMEL, BMBF, BMI und BMF.


Mehr Infos:

Pressemitteilung zum Blockchain Aktionspapier des Blockchain Bundesverbands

Aktionspapier des Blockchain Bundesverband e.V.




We are happy to announce that the bloxberg network is being used for many independent dApps and Apps. Since the bloxberg blockchain is open to everyone to built applications on top of, there has been a lot of so-called third parties running non-authority nodes and connecting them to the bloxberg network. Four of these third parties will be presenting at this year’s bloxberg summit which is taking place at the Harnack House in Berlin on March 2-4, 2020. The bloxberg summit is a conference of bloxberg consortium members, that is held to present and discuss current topics around the use of blockchain in a scientific context. The summit will be held by the MPDL this year.

The following parties will be presenting at the bloxberg summit 2020:


Wolfram Blockchain Labs (WBL) has developed a suite of functions in the Wolfram Language (WL) that provide straightforward reading and writing capabilities for different blockchains. These functions also provide a powerful environment for users to create custom analytical tools. In order for these services to work seamlessly, WBL hosts nodes from Bitcoin, Ethereum, ARK, and bloxberg in their high-performance cluster. This allows direct connections to blockchain nodes and smooth integration with the WL, for use either on the desktop (Mathematica) or cloud (Wolfram Cloud).


ARTiFACTS® is a platform designed to accelerate researcher recognition by securing the provenance of in-progress research outputs created by scientists and scholars and making these findings discoverable and citable among peers and colleagues. Transactions are registered on the blockchain; specifically, the bloxberg distributed ledger, using Smart Contracts to establish the proof-of-existence. The citation actions of scientists provide a permanent, valid, and immutable chain of record in real-time. Maintaining the provenance of research contributions and acknowledgments creates stronger incentives for scientists to share their work, enabling them to receive recognition for their contributions and security for their intellectual property. ARTiFACTS and bloxberg interoperability offer researchers control over when their works are shared and with whom, both pre-publication and upon publishing their findings.

Ethernity HODL UG is a young German startup that is experimenting with integrating blockchain and cloud computing technologies, focusing on the information security aspect. This technology is specifically useful in the scientific field. For scientists involved in scientific computing, getting provable and reproducible results for research papers is perhaps one of the biggest challenges. The mission of this project is to make a platform available where they can run their scientific computing tasks and attain "Proof of Execution". Using bloxberg, the "Proof of Execution" certifies the execution specific scientific computing task. Later, the execution can be verified and validated against the blockchain, which aids in the reproducibility of research.


Decentralized Science promotes transparency in peer-reviewing using technologies such as blockchain and IPFS. Using their system, reviewers can openly share their review reports and get reputation and rewards. The practice of revealing the reviewers’ reports (either anonymous or signed) is not new and has been promoted for years because it can improve the quality and fairness of peer-reviewing. Decentralized Science offers services such as a tool to find the best and most reliable reviewers for a specific paper, and a reputation system for reviewers to increase the recognition of their invisible work while increasing the fairness, quality, and timelines of their review reports. Their technology is open and decentralized, and will always belong to the academic community. Join the network and help them promote an open and transparent future for peer-reviewing!


More Info: bloxberg


We are happy to announce our newest KEEPER update. So what’s new?

In addition to the promise to keep your data safe for at least 10 years, KEEPER has now a new Archiving-On-Demand function. This means, that KEEPER users only have to click a button to store their library on a dedicated and KEEPER independent system. It is possible to use this feature via KEEPER web for any library that is owned by the user. Just click the new "Archive"-button. The "Archive"-button can be found either under "My Libraries" or in the drop-down menu within a library.
With a correctly filled out file an additional archive will be created. KEEPER will take care of the whole archiving process. So go on – give your data a second home!

For more info please visit the KEEPER Knowledge Base.


Anknüpfend an das im August 2019 unterzeichnete Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) geben Springer Nature und MPDL Services GmbH im Namen von Projekt DEAL heute bekannt, dass der formale Vertrag der bislang weltweit umfangreichsten transformativen Open-Access-Vereinbarung unterzeichnet wurde. Seit dem 1. Januar 2020 werden Publikationen in Springer Nature-Zeitschriften aus den mehr als 700 teilnahmeberechtigten deutschen wissenschaftlichen Einrichtungen Open Access publiziert. Teilnehmenden Institutionen wird ein umfassender Zugang zum Zeitschriftenportfolio von Springer Nature gewährt. Der vollständige Vertragstext wird zusammen mit dem Start des Teilnahmeverfahrens für deutsche Einrichtungen in der zweiten Januarhälfte veröffentlicht. MPDL Services wird in den kommenden Wochen weitere Informationen zur Verfügung stellen und sich mit den teilnahmeberechtigten Institutionen in Verbindung setzen.

Lesen Sie die Pressemitteilung hier.

Erfahren Sie hier mehr über die Vereinbarung und den Project DEAL.



Enago provides scientific and academic editing services to researchers and helps them to get published.

Max Planck authors now receive 40% discount on Enago’s manuscript editing services. In order to benefit from the pilot agreement and to receive the discount, you need to enter the service through a dedicated landing page for Max Planck affiliated authors:

Please note: There is no central payment for Enago services by MPDL, authors need to cover the remaining 60% themselves. Find out more about Enago's terms and conditions on the service's landing page.

[Update January 2020: Discount increase from 30% to 40%.]


Scientists Benefit from ARTiFACTS and bloxberg Interoperability

Cambridge, Mass. USA and München, Germany –September 3, 2019 –  ARTiFACTS and the Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) announced today ARTiFACTS is the first partner organization now registering transactions on the bloxberg distributed ledger. Using Smart Contracts to establish the proof-of-existence and citation actions of scientists provides a permanent, valid, and immutable chain of record in real-time. Maintaining the provenance of research contributions and acknowledgments creates stronger incentives for scientists to share their work, enabling them to receive recognition for their contributions and security for their intellectual property. The interoperability of ARTiFACTS and bloxberg offers researchers control over when their works are shared and with whom, both pre-publication and upon publishing their findings. 

It is universally recognized that sharing research findings earlier in the research process will accelerate discoveries. Working with the Max Planck Digital Library, a central unit of the Max Planck Society (MPS) that supports thousands of scientists in their publication and research data management efforts, both teams are collaborating to advance the effectiveness of blockchain-based solutions for improving scholarly research and communication.

“Enabling researchers to receive recognition for all of their scientific contributions in a secure, reliable and efficient way is our primary mission,” said ARTiFACTS President and Co-Founder, Dave Kochalko. “The ARTiFACTS team is proud to be providing innovative research solutions for the Max Planck community on this trusted infrastructure.”

“The progress from our collaboration with ARTiFACTS is gratifying,” said Sandra Vengadasalam, Head of the Digital Labs Department of the Max Planck Digital Library. “We are continuing to pursue innovation such as this which advances the communication of science and research conducted by our institutes.”


ARTiFACTS, creators of the world’s first blockchain-based collaboration and attribution platform for scholarly research, provides a user-friendly platform, purpose-built for academic and scientific research that leverages blockchain technology. Researchers can record a valid and immutable chain of records in real-time, from the earliest stages of research for all research artifacts, including citing/attribution transactions. ARTiFACTS Smart Contracts with customized bibliographic metadata enable performance of transactions made by researchers on the bloxberg trusted infrastructure.  While today’s digital scholarship creates linkages among a narrowed subset of indexed publications long after discoveries are made, ARTiFACTS focuses on capturing and linking knowledge from its initial ideation throughout the research process to informal and formal dissemination. By using the ARTiFACTS platform, researchers will be able to immutably prove ownership and existence of work, expand access to their research artifacts, provide and receive real-time attribution for novel work and more comprehensively, and rapidly build and demonstrate their body of scholarly contributions.

To learn more, visit ARTiFACTS and follow them on Twitter @ARTiFACTS_ai!


About the Max Planck Society

The Max Planck Society conducts basic research in the natural sciences, life science, and humanities. The 84 Max Planck Institutes and 17 Max Planck Centers internationally focus on research fields that are innovative and address forward-looking scientific questions. The Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) is a central unit of the Max Planck Society that supports scientists with a broad portfolio of services in the fields of information provision, publication support and research data management.  With its Digital Labs department, MPDL ensures a constant pipeline of new technologies to provide innovative and sustainable services and tools for all Max Planck researchers.

To learn more, check out our website and follow us on Twitter @mpdl or Instagram @mpdldigitallabs!


In ihrem neuen Strategiepapier zum Thema Blockchain nennt die Bundesregierung die, durch die Max Planck Gesellschaft initiierte, bloxberg Initiative als Beispiel dafür, wie in der Wissenschaft die Blockchaintechnologie anwendungsbezogen eingesetzt werden kann. Unter anderem sollen neue, anwendungsbezogene Kooperationen zum Thema Blockchain durch die Bundesregierung gefördert werden. Mit einer verstärkten Förderung soll die Anzahl neuer, offener Kooperationsformen deutlich steigen.

Für mehr Informationen:

Blockchain-Strategie der Bundesregierung



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Die MPDL Services GmbH , im Auftrag von Projekt DEAL und Springer Nature haben am 22.8.2019 in Berlin ein Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) unterzeichnet, das den Rahmen für die umfassendste Open Access-Vereinbarung weltweit definiert. Die bisherigen deutschen Subskriptionsausgaben für Springer Nature-Zeitschriften werden damit ab 2020 systematisch umgewidmet, um Fachartikel von Autor*innen aus deutschen Wissenschaftseinrichtungen bei Springer Nature frei verfügbar zu machen. Das MoU schafft die Grundlage für eine Transformationsvereinbarung, die eine Open Access-Gold-Komponente und ein „Publish and Read“-Element beinhalten wird. Rund 13.000 Beiträge aus deutschen Einrichtungen werden so pro Jahr in den über 600 Open-Access-Zeitschriften und in den 1.900 Subskriptionszeitschriften von Springer Nature open access publiziert. Darüber hinaus bietet das Modell der akademischen Gemeinschaft an den rund 700 teilnahmeberechtigten deutschen Wissenschaftseinrichtungen umfangreichen Lesezugriff auf die wissenschaftlichen Zeitschriften von Springer, Palgrave, Adis und Macmillan. Die finale Vereinbarung soll noch in diesem Jahr abgeschlossen und veröffentlicht werden.

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