What is searched?
osmikonSEARCH 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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What is searched?
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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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)

All bibliographic data created by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek is stored in B3Kat, the joint catalogue of the Bavarian Library Network (BVB) and the Cooperative Library Network Berlin-Brandenburg (KOBV). This metadata from formal and subject catalogueing can be retrieved via an OAI-PMH interface.

For example, you can use the following command to retrieve all metadata from OstDok that has been fed into B3Kat since 24.04.2023: bvbr.bib-bvb.de/aleph-cgi/oai/oai_opendata.pl

Please note that there are restrictions on set-specific harvesting with regard to resumption tokens and empty hit sets. Details can be found on this page: https://www.bib-bvb.de/web/b3kat/open-data (The above example only provides a hit set with the sixth ResumptionToken). The resumption tokens are appended to the following basic call bvbr.bib-bvb.de/aleph-cgi/oai/oai_opendata.pl= e.g. http://bvbr.bib-bvb.de:8991/aleph-cgi/oai/oai_opendata.pl?verb=ListRecords&resumptionToken=202304240956446999999999999999OpenData:OAI-MARC21@@ostdok@@marc21

The following sets of metadata on titles on Eastern Europe can be retrieved via the corresponding selection indicator:

  •     oe : selection indicator for all titles of the Bavarian State Library's Eastern Europe Collection
  •     ostdok : selection indicator for all titles from the OstDok database
  •     oeaufsaetze : selection indicator for all titles from ARTOS, database for articles and reviews on Eastern, Central Eastern and South Eastern Europe
  •     bsb_ego_oe : Selection indicator for all titles from the Ego document platform on osmikon

Detailed information on harvesting via OA-PMH can be found on this page: https://www.bib-bvb.de/web/b3kat/open-data

All bibliographic data created by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek are stored in B3Kat, the joint catalogue of the Bavarian Library Network (BVB) and the Cooperative Library Network Berlin-Brandenburg (KOBV), and can be re-used as Linked Open Data (LOD).

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

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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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