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The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek takes part in the current discussion among historians about setting up a national research data infrastructure. The BSB welcomes the impulses coming from the Council for Information Infrastructures (Rat für Informationsinfrastrukturen, RfII), calling for the establishment of a distributed, networked research data infrastructure (NFDI) in its second paper of March 2018 among other things, and, in the sense formulated by the RfII, understands "cooperation as an opportunity".

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The new central portal for the services of the Specialised Information Service for Historical Studies has been launched: The portal offers access to digital services for historians. Among these are research tools, licenses usable on a supra-regional level, the Deutsche Historische Bibliografie and various subject-related portals, such as one on the history of technology.

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French and British Wounded at Le Mans, 1 October 1914. Available through: Adam Matthew, Marlborough, The First World War, | © Adam Matthew Digital/ Mirrorpix

The portal "The First World War" contains a large number of primary sources on the First World War, such as photographs, letters, flyers, caricatures and much more. It is complemented by a number of further services, such as time lines, interactive map materials, case studies, etc. These allow placing the digitized sources into a broader context.

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Historians and everybody interested in regional history can use the research platform "recensio.regio – Review Platform for Regional History" as of now. The portal offers access to reviews of regional-historical specialist journals, constituting a primary point of access for information on recent publications about regional history in the German language. The reviews of the cooperating journals are available to the users in full-text search mode. The platform can be accessed freely and free of charge.

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Resistance: Man and woman in cellar listening to radio, by war artist Terence Cuneo | © The National Archives, INF 3/1787

Since the end of October, the Specialised Information Service (FID) for Historical Studies has offered access to the database "Conditions and Politics in Occupied Western Europe, 1940 – 1945", which forms part of the Archives Unbound Collection of Gale Cengage, to the Germany-wide expert community for a three-month trial period. So far, the database has been available only at two German libraries. A FID license will be negotiated in case of a sufficient frequency of use by researchers.

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