Expansion of the Specialised Information Service for Musicology with services for top-level musicological research secured up to 2023

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (BSB) and the Saxon State and University Library Dresden (Sächsische Landesbibliothek – Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden; SLUB) have started the fourth phase of the Fachinformationsdienst (FID) Musikwissenschaft (Specialised Information Service for Musicology), a project subsidised by the German Research Foundation (DFG) since 2014 and now extended by a further three years. The funding volume of the 4th phase amounts to around EUR 2 million. The objective of the project is to make relevant information services for cutting-edge research in musicology available in Germany. In the course of the coming three years, the BSB and the SLUB will further expand their already established services, adding new, innovative services.

The acquisition of literature relevant in the field and of scholarly resources plays a central role here and encompasses both printed and electronic forms of publication, as well as the licensing of e-media. The classical acquisition profile is flanked by a wide variety of digital services for the discipline. Under the joint label musiconn. Musicology connected already well-known formats are continuously expanded and optimised. The provision and technical further development of the online catalogue of the Répertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM-OPAC) at the BSB forms part of this. Including over 1.2 million music sources, this research tool represents the most relevant database of its kind on a worldwide level.

Thanks to the Dresden online repository musiconn.publish, the FID Musicology has also become an established name in the field of publishing and open access, offering researchers an option to publish their work free of costs and with a long-term preservation guarantee. This service will be expanded continuously during the coming years, which is also applicable to the database for musical performance events musiconn.performance at the SLUB and the web application musiconn.scoresearch hosted at the BSB, which can be used to search melodies on the basis of optical note recognition.

Existing services, such as the web-archiving of Internet resources or the provision of a thesis registration office will likewise continue to be managed by the FID in the coming funding phase. The set-up of a digital record library,, at the SLUB, will break completely new ground in addition.

During the new funding phase, the FID will continue to give high priority to the ongoing exchange with the expert community. With the blog musiconn.kontrovers, operated by the BSB, a format is continued for constructively discussing current issues in the field. A board of representatives from a wide spectrum of musicological institutions and an international Advisory Board additionally ensure continuous feedback to the FID with respect to its work, and give new impulses for further developments which are oriented on the demands of scholarship.

All services and further information can be retrieved via the project's portal

Press release for download
Press release  (PDF, 177 KB)  (in German)

Jürgen Diet
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
Department of Music
Ludwigstrasse 16, 80539 Munich
Phone  +49 89 28638-2768

Prof. Dr. Barbara Wiermann
Sächsische Landesbibliothek –
Staats-und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden
Department of Music
Zellescher Weg 18, 01069 Dresden
Phone  +49 351 4677-561


About the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
Founded in 1558 by Duke Albrecht V, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek is an international research library of world renown. With around 34 million media units, it is the largest universal library in Germany and forms part of the most important heritage institutions of the world. With more than 2.5 million digitized works, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek holds the largest digital data stock of all German libraries. The library offers a broad variety of services in the field of innovative digital use scenarios.

About the Saxon State and University Library Dresden
The Saxon State and University Library Dresden (Sächsische Landesbibliothek – Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden; SLUB) is one of the largest and most versatile scholarly libraries in Germany. Founded in 1556, the SLUB today is the library of the Technical University of Dresden, the regional library of the Free State of Saxony and a supra-regional innovation and service center for the development of digital information infrastructure. Information and knowledge are generated, connected in transparent manner and made readily available on the basis of ground-breaking technologies. The SLUB fulfils tasks along the entire research cycle, staying as true as possible to its ideal of open access.