Bielefeld University contributes to OpenAIRE with two specific units for two specific areas to the proposal: the library for major contributions to the technical e-Infrastructure of OpenAIRE and the CITEC with its highly-profiled researchers in the domain of cognitive systems/interaction/robotics for the focused studies on subject specific requirements.
Bielefeld University Library is not only heavily involved in international initiatives for research infrastructures processing scholarly information (e.g. BASE, DRIVER, PEER, Knowledge Exchange) but has also contributed significantly to shape the German landscape of digital research libraries as well as digital scholarly information services, e.g. through the development of the Digital Library North-Rhine-Westphalia "DigiBib", today hosted by the academic library centre "hbz" in Cologne for nearly 200 libraries. With respect to conventional library services, Bielefeld University Library performs top-notch (Rank 2) on a national scale according to the German university ranking CHE. The main areas of expertise to be contributed to OpenAIRE is resulting from the work on information infrastructures, specifically on aggregating and networking high numbers of open document repositories The Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE), for example, aggregates since 15 years distributed repositories, by providing access to about 160 Mio. publications from 8000 international sources (March 2020). Further contributions concern the linking of repositories to CRIS systems (in the context of Knowledge Exchange) and usage data (in the context of PEER). Since Bielefeld University Library is responsible for general data management aspects in OpenAIRE, it will also lead the studies on subject-specific requirements for primary and secondary research data.
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