Specialised information service

The Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies

Since 1949, the German Research Foundation (DFG) has supported the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek as reference library for the research of Eastern Europe in Germany. Between 1949 and 2015, this took place within the framework of the funding programme for special collection areas, "Sondersammelgebiete", and since 2016 the programme of Specialised Information Services for Science and Scholarship, "Fachinformationsdienste für die Wissenschaft", has been pursued.

The Specialised Information Service (FID) for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies provides an infrastructure for the research of Eastern Europe in the fields of humanities and social sciences. The broad spectrum of services in the domain of scholarly literature and information provision is expanded continuously in close coordination with the expert community.

Further information about the Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies
DFG support programme "Fachinformationsdienste für die Wissenschaft"

Acquisition and cataloguing services

Within the framework of the Specialised Information Service, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek acquires around 18,000 monographs and collective works annually, as well as several thousand journals and a broad spectrum of electronic media from Eastern Europe and about the region. Descriptive and subject cataloguing is carried out for the entire literature. As a special service, tables of contents and abstracts (since 2006) and bibliographies and registers (since 2016) are provided in digital form. Not only do they offer a "first glance at the contents", but they are also incorporated in the search, thereby offering systematic and frequently also multilingual search access points.

(E-book) Interlibrary loan

One of the core tasks of the Specialised Information Service is the Germany-wide provision of the acquired research literature. This service is highly sought after: Around 13,000 monographs from and about Eastern Europe and a similar number of articles are circulated by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek within the scope of national interlibrary loan every year. Articles from electronic journals and e-books are also made available via interlibrary loan, with the service being expanded in 2017.

Book request service

Do you have a particular acquisition request or a recommendation for us? Within the scope of the FID profile, we appreciate receiving your requests and indications regarding gaps in our collections, web contents of scholarly relevance and research trends and will check whether we can incorporate them in our spectrum of media and services.

Communicate requests  |  FID profile

FID licenses

To cover the peak demand of German Eastern-Europe research, the Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies acquires licenses for location-independent access to digital resources that come at a charge. The focus is on extensive full-text archives.

Licensed databases and conditions of use

Articles database

As a particular research service, the Specialised Information Service is developing the articles database ARTOS in Germany-wide cooperation with specialist libraries and libraries specialising in the field of eastern-European studies. The formal and subject indexing of articles and reviews from currently around 400 specialist journals from and about eastern Europe takes place in accordance with the relevant library standards. ARTOS is accessible via the research portal osmikon and can be searched there using the central osmikonSEARCH function.

osmikonSEARCH
Further information on the articles database ARTOS

Electronic publishing

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek supports the open-access idea. Around 80,000 titles from the Eastern Europe collection have already been made freely accessible in digital form. Continuing the DFG-supported project OstDok (2009 – 2015), the Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies provides the technical infrastructure for electronic secondary publications of printed monographs, collective works and journals from the field of Eastern-Europe research. In cooperation with research institutes and Eastern-Europe experts, also the provision of originally electronic publication series and online topic dossiers is expanded continuously.

Further information about the FID's services in the field of electronic publishing

Research data management

Among the fundamentally new scholarly postulates there are the sustainable reproducibility of research processes and the option to re-use collected data. The Specialised Information Service supports the Eastern-Europe research in Germany in the fields of humanities and social sciences in setting up a high-performance research data management, developing the infrastructural basis for the digital publication and long-term archiving of research data.

Further information about the FID's services in the field of research data management

osmikon – the research gateway on east, eastern-central and south-eastern Europe

Since June 2018, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has been providing a new research portal on east, eastern-central and south-eastern Europe. osmikon pools the services of the Specialised Information Service, and, in cooperation with other institutions, offers a broad information spectrum for interdisciplinary research on eastern Europe. The core of the portal is the central search access point osmikonSEARCH, which allows for simultaneously searching multiple databases for specialist literature and research materials on east, eastern-central and south-eastern Europe.

osmikon
osmikonSEARCH
Further information on osmikon

osmikon

The new research gateway on east, eastern-central and south-eastern Europe

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