The library already supports the university’s claim to be a strong research university offering a wide spectrum of services. The PUB repository (Publications at Bielefeld University), various services for open-access publishing, a research data infrastructure, virtual research environments, participation in the campus initiative to implement a current research information system, and bibliometric services. The library is continuing its commitment to the development of repositories, striving for a continuation of the Open Access Publication Fund and thus contributes to an Open Access transformation. Due to the increasing importance attached to an orderly handling of research data, the library is sticking to its goal of setting up a competence centre for research data.
Bielefeld University pursues an Open Access strategy, the basis of which was laid in its Open Access Resolution in 2005. In this resolution, it supports the “Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities” (2003). Publications based on the principle of open access refer to “original scientific research results, raw data and metadata, source materials, digital representations of pictorial and graphical materials, and scholarly multimedia material”. The authors and right holders of Open Access publications irrevocably grant all users the free, worldwide right of access to these publications. With regard to research data management, Bielefeld University has already set important milestones with its principles on research data (2011) and the resolution on research data management (2013).