Data usage

The majority of osmikon's data is available as open data for subsequent use by interested parties. We also offer a number of different possibilities for users to integrate the contents of the research portal into their own online tools or services, or to use the data for other (scientific) purposes.

Supplementing your own research tools with our data

For over ten years, the tables of contents of new acquisitions by the Eastern Europe Collection of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek have been digitised and made available in pdf format as supplements to the catalogue. Since 2016, person and place indexes as well as bibliographies have also been scanned. You can integrate these items (20,000 as of May 2018) into your own catalogue via the Bavarian Library Network or your local library network.

Do you lack data on Eastern and Southeastern Europe for a humanities or social science portal? We can assist you with our data. Take a look at our regional and specialist profile and contact us if you are interested.

osmikon country and subject profile

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek owns over 80,000 titles related to Eastern and Southeastern Europe, which are freely accessible digitally in Open Access. You are welcome to integrate them into your reference tools.

Over 20,000 Internet resources have been developed in OstNet to date. You can use these data via the Academic Link-Share library network.

Academic LinkShare (ALS)

A large part of the bibliographic data of osmikon is available as Linked Open Data. The data can be accessed via the B3Kat, the joint catalogue of the Bavarian Library Network (BVB) and the Cooperative Library Network Berlin-Brandenburg (KOBV).

Of course, you can also use metadata from the format and subject indexing via the associations and thus facilitate work on your library.

B3Kat LinkedOpenData Service

New acquisitions service: new books and more

Information on new publications from and about Russia, East and Southeast Europe is published monthly by the new acquisitions service: New Books and More on Eastern Europe by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. You may select the topics and countries and receive a monthly email newsletter with the acquisitions relevant to you. Many libraries use this information as a basis for acquisition – for example, the ISBN numbers are included, so that you can easily order the titles from your retailer.

New books and more on Eastern Europe

Download and order data

DaFo – data for scientific research

Do you need high-resolution digitised material or OCR? A free download service provides world-wide access to high-resolution images from the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. These are available in JPEG format at 300 ppi together with corresponding texts – if already available in machine-readable form. DaFo is available free of charge for non-commercial purposes.

Data for scientific research (DaFo)


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