Our institute was founded as a spin-off of a University research group in Theoretical Physics that started to use email as early as 1987 and the WWW in 1993. We have been exploring technical online services for the management of scientific information and communication long before the Internet Age had even begun.

We are devoted to the development of concepts promoting the free exchange of ideas. We aim to provide optimal technical support for online publishing processes. Our activities include initiating large-scale strategies, supporting metadata standards, as well as producing software for the publication process for scientific journals. We believe that publication services should always include the needs from various user-groups: While it is paramount to create software covering the scientists’ requirements in their roles as authors and recipients, we specifically encompass the concerns of students as well as project managers, who are in need of a timely and innovative product.

At present, for example, we are working on algorithms for text-analysis and for subject-specific classification of documents, i.e. n-gram analysis, acronym detection, citation extraction, etc. This work actively supports libraries, scientific information services, publishers, and scientific organizations by identifying the most relevant documents in a given discipline. This type of information retrieval extends the possibilities of common search engines and permits fine-tuning of precision and recall values to specific requirements.

We are in close cooperation with the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg. We participate in European and in national research projects, work together with international learned societies. We are active members of several international standardization initiatives.

Project samples

EERQI ist ein Pro­jekt im Rah­men des 7. EU- For­schungs­rah­men­pro­gramms zu The­men der So­zial-, Wirt­schafts- und Geis­tes­wis­sen­schaf­ten. Es hat sich zum Ziel ge­setzt die welt­wei­te Be­deu­tung und Wett­be­werbs­fä­hig­keit der europäischen For­schung im Bereich der Er­zie­hungs­wis­sen­schaft zu ver­stärken und aus­zu­weiten.

Im Rahmen des Kom­pe­tenz­zen­trums Biblio­me­trie ent­wick­eln wir zu­sam­men mit dem iFQ und IWT für das BMBF die Grund­la­gen für ein Mo­ni­toring-In­stru­ment zur Iden­ti­fi­zie­rung po­ten­tiell in­ter­es­san­ter in­ter­na­tio­na­ler Ko­op­era­tions­part­ner. Das In­stru­ment soll fach­un­ab­hän­gig ein­setz­bar sein.

Papercore is a public read-write database, which aims at helping scientists to cope with this development. Papercore collects summaries of scientific papers, in particular in physics, where this database is optimized to. Note that a summary is not just an abstract: A summary should contain the core information of a paper, including a little introduction, basic definitions, outline of methods and key results of a paper, such that a specialist in the field does not have to look into the paper anymore, basically. The rule of thumb is that a summary should be 1/10 of the length of the corresponding paper, the compression factor is automatically computed by Papercore for each summary.

PhysNet ist ein Verzeichnis aller Physik-Institutionen auf der Welt.

SEOS ist eine Ini­tia­ti­ve, die Fern­er­kun­dung im na­tur­wis­sen­schaft­lich­en Schul­un­ter­richt ein­bringt. Ziel war es, 15 on­line-Lern­mo­du­le zu aus­ge­wähl­ten The­men der Erd­be­ob­ach­tung zu ent­wick­eln, die ak­tu­el­le For­schungs­er­geb­nis­se auf­grei­fen.