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FIZ Karlsruhe and Max Planck Society Partner on eSciDoc

FIZ Karlsruhe and the Max Planck Society (MPS) have been awarded funding of Ä6.1 million (about $7.6 million) to develop a new platform for Web-based collaborative scientific work. The new project, eSciDoc, will be jointly managed by FIZ Karlsruhe and MPS. FIZ Karlsruhe (http://www.fiz-karlsruhe.de) will provide development and IT services and will operate central services. The intention is to create an integrated information, communication, and publication platform for Web-based scientific work so that scientists working in the 80 research institutes of MPS (http://www.mpg.de/english) can collaborate together.

The funding for eSciDoc, which will last for 5 years, is being provided by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), under the framework of the German national eScience initiative. eSciDoc will address all aspects of scientific communication, from the creation and editing of information, the sharing of data with peers, and the publication of research results, to the storage and long-term archiving of research papers. It will include interactive tools and will be able to handle multiple data sources and types, including video and audio. The ability to link to external data sources will also form an integral part of the new platform.

As part of a commitment to the aims of the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, signed by MPS last October, eSciDoc will also enable MPS scientists to publish their research on the Internet.

Source: FIZ Karlsruhe



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