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).
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:
dr Katarzyna Adamczak / coordination of the portal; osmikonSEARCH; thematic dossiers
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
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"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.