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osmikon.search offers the possibility to search simultaneously in relevant German and international library catalogues, bibliographies and special databases for scientific literature and research material on Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe.
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What is searched?
The subject repository "OstDok – Eastern European Documents Online" provides electronic full texts of research on Eastern, Central Eastern and Southeastern Europe.
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The database ARTOS records specialist articles and reviews from around 400 current journals and selected anthologies covering a wide range of research in the humanities and social sciences from Eastern and Southeastern Europe and across the region.
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What is searched?
OstNet is a catalogue for internet resources and lists academically relevant websites and online documents on Eastern, Central and Southeastern Europe. In OstNet you can, for example, search for institutional websites, blogs or digital humanities projects on a specific topic or country, or search for databases for a specific research target.
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ARTOS alerting service

Use the ARTOS alerting service to receive regular e-mail updates on new articles and reviews from several hundred journals and selected edited volumes on Eastern Europe!
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About Us

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 regularly updated, both in terms of content and technology. It is also the portal of the Specialised Information Service for East, Central 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, the portal strives to provide the most comprehensive directory of information resources available in Germany as well as good availability and easy access. The central aim of the osmikon 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 approximately 80,000 books and relevant journals,
  • freely access fee-based digital source collections and databases,
  • publish in open access format,
  • keep up to date on new books in your FID library,
  • make purchase requests for literature that is difficult to obtain,
  • digitise works in the public domain,
  • archive web pages,
  • learn 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; ego documents

email: katarzyna.adamczak(at)bsb-muenchen.de

Dr Norbert Kunz / open access repository OstDok; electronic publishing; licensing services

email: norbert.kunz(at)bsb-muenchen.de 

Dr Monika Radek / article database ARTOS

E-Mail: monika.radek(at)bsb-muenchen.de

Jakob Reuster / coordination of the portal, thematic dossiers

E-Mail: jakob.reuster(at)bsb-muenchen.de

Dr Arnošt Štanzel / research data (research data service OstData); ego documents

email: arnost.stanzel(at)bsb-muenchen.de

Sophie Straube / project management of the portal; search and subscription services; article database ARTOS

email: sophie.straube(at)bsb-muenchen.de

Institutions in charge of osmikon

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (BSB) in Munich owns one of the world’s leading collections on Eastern Europe, with holdings that have been built up over a long and rich history. Since the early 1950s, it has served as a reference library for the countries of Eastern and Southeastern Europe throughout Germany as part of a 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 a diverse range of 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 East, Central 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 East, Central and Southeast European Studies

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 the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO) researches historical and cultural development processes in the region between the Baltic, Black and the Adriatic Sea. Fundamental to the GWZO is the broad time frame of its research, which spans epochs and begins at the transition from late antiquity to the early Middle Ages and extends to the present, as well as its pronounced interdisciplinarity. With its research, it contributes to an elaborate understanding of historical and contemporary developments in the states, societies and cultures of Eastern Europe.

Leibniz Institute für the History and Culture of Eastern Europe

Ihr Ansprechpartner für osmikon: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Heyde

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

With over 10.9 million works, the Austrian National Library is the largest library in Austria. In addition to more than 3.9 million books, it is the library’s eight collections with their unique objects including manuscripts, incunabula, music autographs, photographs, maps, globes and much more that are the basis of the library's international renown.

Austrian National Library

Your contact person for osmikon: Annette Höslinger-Finck

Cooperation partners

Albanien-Institut, München

Aleksander Brückner Center for Polish Studies

Bayerische Staatsbibliothek | Specialized Information Service Classics (Propylaeum)

Bayerische Staatsbibliothek | Specialised Information Service for Historical Studies (historicum.net)

Bayerische Staatsbibliothek | Specialised Information Service for Musicology (musiconn) 

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

Bayerisches Kulturzentrum der Deutschen aus Russland

Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS)

Deutsches Polen-Institut

Deutsche Welle | Fokus Ost-Südost

Federal Institute for Culture and History of the Germans in Eastern Europe

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung | Library

German Association for East European Studies

German Institute for International and Security Affairs

Greifswald University Library

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

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, University Library | Specialised Information Service for Social and Cultural Anthropology (EVIFA)

Institut für deutsche Kultur und Geschichte Südosteuropas

Institute of Danube Swabian History and Regional Studies

Institute for East European Law Munich

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

Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies

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

Martin-Opitz-Library Herne

National Library of the Czech Republic | Slovanská knihovna

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

Pol-Int: Polish-Studies.Interdisciplinary

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

Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin | Specialised Information Service Slavonic Studies (Slavistik-Portal)

Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Bremen | Specialized Information Service for Political Science (Pollux)

Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg | Specialized Information Service for Romance Philology

Ungarisches Institut München e.V.

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 | Specialized Information Service for Romance Philology

Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte


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 was 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


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