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osmikon. Research Gateway to Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe

osmikon is the world's largest provider of specialized information on Eastern and Southeastern European Studies in the humanities and social sciences and offers a range of unique services for research and teaching.

osmikon is a joint project of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, the Collegium Carolinum, the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe - Institute of the Leibniz Association, the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, and the Austrian National Library. It is the successor portal of the Virtual Library Eastern Europe (ViFaOst), available from 2002 to 2018 as an interdisciplinary regional portal for researchers and academics. osmikon continues the services of the ViFaOst and is continuously updated in content and technology. It is also the portal of the Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies and is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Range of subjects and regions of osmikon with cooperating institutions (PDF)

Regional and subject profile of osmikon

    The contents of osmikon

    osmikon combines services for German research on Eastern and Southeastern Europe. As part of its research service osmikonSEARCH, osmikon strives to provide the most comprehensive directory of information resources available in Germany as well as good availability and access facilities. The central aim of the portal is to provide users with fast electronic access - whether through Open Access delivery and publication or through nationwide licensing.

    Via osmikon you can:

    • search for research literature and material in a large number of relevant library catalogues and special databases at the same time,
    • search in approx. 80,000 books and relevant journals,
    • freely access paid digital source collections and databases,
    • publish in Open Access format,
    • keep up to date on new books in your FID library,
    • express purchase requests for literature that is difficult to obtain,
    • digitise works in the public domain,
    • archive web pages,
    • inform yourself about research data management,
    • use a wide range of information for the German East, East Central and Southeast European research community, etc.

    The osmikon-Team

    dr Katarzyna Adamczak / coordination of the portal; osmikonSEARCH; thematic dossiers

    e-mail: katarzyna.adamczak(at)bsb-muenchen.de

    dr Gudrun Wirtz / electronic publishing; OstDok – Eastern European documents online; OstNet – Internet resources on Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe

    dr Arnošt Štanzel / research data; OstData – Research Data Service for Central, Eastern, and Southeastern European Studies

    e-mail: arnost.stanzel(at)bsb-muenchen.de

    Sophie Straube / coordination of the portal; osmikonSEARCH; ARTOS – articles and reviews on Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe; new acquisition service "New Books and More on Eastern Europe"

    e-mail: sophie.straube(at)bsb-muenchen.de

    Institutions in charge of osmikon

    The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (BSB) in Munich owns one of the internationally leading Eastern European collections with historically grown holdings. Since the beginning of the 1950s, it has fulfilled the function of a reference library for the countries of Eastern and Southeastern Europe throughout Germany as part of the programme for the nationwide supply of literature funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The Eastern Europe Collection of the BSB comprises about 1.3 million volumes, including valuable manuscripts as well as diverse electronic media, microfilmed archival material and about 4,500 current journals. Since 2000, over 1.1 million of its own books have been digitised and made available in Open Access format. The library and the Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies have also been intensively engaged in electronic publishing for several years.

    Eastern Europe Collection of the BSB

    Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies at the BSB

    Your contact person for osmikon: dr Gudrun Wirtz

    The Collegium Carolinum in Munich, a research institute for the history of the Czech Republic and Slovakia, brings together internationally renowned scholars who deal with the history of and present situation in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Eastern Central Europe. The associated institute organises conferences, produces numerous publications such as the journal Bohemia and maintains a subject library with the largest special collection on Bohemica and Sudetica in Germany.

    Collegium Carolinum

    Your contact person for osmikon: dr Arpine Maniero

    The Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe - Institute of the Leibniz Association in Marburg is one of the most important institutions for historical research on Eastern Central Europe. With its research library and scientific collections, it fulfils the function of a central research centre and academic service institution.

    Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe

    Your contact person for osmikon: dr Jürgen Warmbrunn

    The Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS) in Regensburg investigates the economy and history of this region. With the publication of specialist journals and its internationally important subject library, it offers an excellent infrastructure for the academic study of Eastern Europe.

    Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies

    Your contact person for osmikon: Tillmann Tegeler

    In addition to the books, it is the eight collections with their unique objects  –manuscripts, incunabula, music autographs, photographs, maps, globes – that are the foundation of the museum's international standing.

    Austrian National Library

    Your contact person for osmikon:

    Cooperation partners

    Bayerische Staatsbibliothek | Specialized Information Service Classics (Propylaeum)

    Bayerische Staatsbibliothek | Fachinformationsdienst Geschichtswissenschaft (historicum.net)

    Bayerische Staatsbibliothek | Fachinformationsdienst Musikwissenschaft (musiconn) 

    Bayerische Staatsbibliothek | OstData – Research Data Service for Central, Eastern, and Southeastern European Studies

    Bayerisches Kulturzentrum der Deutschen aus Russland

    Deutsche Welle | Fokus Ost-Südost

    Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung | Library

    Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Clio-online: Fachportal für die Geschichtswissenschaften

    Institut für deutsche Kultur und Geschichte Südosteuropas

    Institut für donauschwäbische Geschichte und Landeskunde

    Institute for East European Law München

    Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO)

    Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München | Munich Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies

    Martin-Opitz-Bibliothek Herne

    Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen | Specialised Information Service for Finno-Ugric / Uralic Languages, Literatures and Cultures

    Pol-Int: Polish-Studies.Interdisciplinary | Scholarly information and international communication

    Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin | Fachinformationsdienst Slawistik (Slavistik-Portal)

    Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Bremen | Literature and research tools for political science (Pollux)

    Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg | Fachinformationsdienst Romanistik

    National Library of the Czech Republic | Slovanská knihovna

    Universität Bremen | Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen (FSO)

    Universitätsbibliothek der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Fachinformationsdienst Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie (EVIFA)

    Greifswald University Library

    Universitätsbibliothek J. C. Senckenberg | Special Information Service (SIS) Jewish Studies

    Universitätsbibliothek Kiel | Virtual Research Library Northern Europe (vifanord)

    Universitätsbibliothek Tübingen | Fachinformationsdienst Religionswissenschaft 

    Universitätsbibliothek Tübingen | Specialised Information Service in Theology

    Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Bonn | Fachinformationsdienst Romanistik

    Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte

    Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS)

    Reading archived versions of the Virtual Library Eastern Europe (ViFaOst)

    The ViFaOst, the predecessor of osmikon, went offline on 20 June 2018. Since 2013, however, the website has been archived at regular intervals. You can access the individual time periods retroactively at any time. The archived version of the ViFaOst can be found in the digital long-term archive of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.

    ViFaOst in the Website Archive of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek

    Picture Credits

    Header Über uns: Buchrücken-Reihe © BSB

     

    Über OstDok: OstDok-Logo © BSB | Über ARTOS: ARTOS-Logo © BSB | Über OstNet: OstNet-Logo © BSB

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