National hosting of electronic resources – second phase of the cooperation project "NatHosting" has started

The project "NatHosting II" supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG) provides a Germany-wide, coordinated solution for ensuring permanent and undisturbed access to licensed digital publications – independently of publishers' platforms. The acquired electronic resources of all participating libraries will be kept retrievable after the end of a subscription, in the event of temporary failures of publishing houses' servers or the complete withdrawal of a publishing house from the market. Like a safety net, "NatHosting" takes the place of the publishers' platforms in such cases by its hosting, thus permitting undisturbed, continued access to the licensed contents.

During the first project phase (2014 – 2016) a two-track hosting concept was developed for this purpose ( On the one hand, it includes a Germany-wide consortium contract with the hosting provider Portico (, which has already been concluded. On the other hand, a "Private LOCKSS Network" (PLN) will be set up, which will be based on the LOCKSS software ( developed at Stanford University. The PLN will serve to safeguard such contents which are not or only partially covered by Portico. After the DFG has approved the request for continuation, the new project term from 2018 to 2021 will now encompass the implementation of the PLN with respect to content and technology and the development of an organisation and funding structure for the long-term operation of the hosting solution.

The project partners are the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, the FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure, the University Library Johann Christian Senckenberg in Frankfurt am Main, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the Institute of Library and Information Science and the University Library of the Humboldt University in Berlin, as well as the University Library of the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.

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Dr. Hildegard Schäffler
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
Department Acquisition, Collection Development and Cataloguing 2
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Ludwigstr. 16
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Ulrike Rehusch
Press and Public Relations
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About the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek:
Founded in 1558 by Duke Albrecht V, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek is an international research library of world renown. With more than 10.3 million volumes, around 59,000 current journals in electronic and printed form and almost 131,000 manuscripts, the library ranks among the world's most important centers of knowledge and heritage institutions. With more than 2.3 million digitized works, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek holds the largest digital data stock of all German libraries. The library offers a broad range of services in the field of innovative digital use scenarios.