App for Quick Access to Science Literature

Easy, free access for scientific publications via app / Project DREAM starts with kick-off event in Berlin / Teaser facilitates organisation of personal publication feeds

Berlin, 17.01.2018 – It's not easy to stay updated about the latest research – whether for professional reasons or out of personal interest. In times of open source applications that are a part of everyday life in many domains, scientific publications or final project reports are often not available or only via chargeable portals. The FZI Research Center for Information Technology and the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) want to do something about it: In the project Digital REseArch Mining (DREAM), researchers are working on the development of an open access platform where scientific texts can be viewed for free. On January 19, the project will launch with an official kick-off event.

The focus of the project lies on the development of a prototype as a web platform and as an app where researchers can promote and make their research results available for free. Short teasers written by the authors are to give a foretaste of the respective publication and invite the readers to read on. App users will have the possibility to choose main interests. "This will enable us to supply the subscribers with fitting contents", says project manager Judith Junker from the FZI branch office in Berlin. By "swiping", as we already know from various apps, a user can categorise interesting and uninteresting contents. The user is supposed to rate and comment the read texts by using a rating system.

While HIIG is responsible for the socio-economic consideration of open access publications and functions as an interface for the authors, the FZI is responsible for the technical development. "Apart from the platform development itself, the usability of the app is paramount," explains Junkers. A user-oriented evaluation is supposed to analyse and optimise the usability. In order to learn from previous experience with open access offers, the project partners are hosting a number of workshops. Together with an expert panel that will consist of scientific publisher representatives, they define the requirements for an easily accessible platform for scientific literature.

The project is carried out by the FZI Research Center for Information Technology and the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG). DREAM is one of 20 projects funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research to make scientific literature barrier-free and accessible free of charge. The project has a duration of two years ends on December 31, 2019.

About the FZI Research Center for Information Technology

The FZI Research Center for Information Technology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology is a non-profit institution for applied research in information technology and technology transfer. Its task is to provide businesses and public institutions with the latest research findings in information technology. It also qualifies young researchers for their career in academics or business as well as self-employment. Led by professors from different faculties, research teams at the FZI interdisciplinarily develop and prototype concepts, software, hardware and system solutions for their clients. The FZI House of Living Labs represents a unique research environment for applied research. Every department at the FZI operates under a certified quality management system according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2015. The head office of the FZI is located in Karlsruhe.

The FZI has a branch office located in Berlin.

Further information

Julia Feilen, Corporate Communications and Media
FZI Research Center for Information Technology
Haid-und-Neu-Str. 10-14, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
Phone: +49 721 9654-943
Email: feilen@dont-want-spam.fzi.de
Internet: www.fzi.de/en

About HIIG

The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) explores the dynamic interplay between the internet and society. Its goal is to understand the interplay of socio-cultural, legal, economic and technical norms in the process of digitalisation und thus to create a sound and objective basis for the dialogue between various stakeholders from politics, economy and society. The essential frame of reference for the research work are the changes in the field of tension of governance and innovation.These interrelations are varied and structure-forming; they have an impact an practiacally every social and economic area: government and administration, companies and markets as well as various civil society groups on a local and global level.

The research field "Knowledge, Education, Innovation" deals with topics in the cross section between digitalisation and knowledge, and researches how digitalisation changes the way knowledge is produced, managed and distributed. The main focuses are open access and the social impacts of scientific research.

HIIG was founded in 2011 by the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the University of the Arts Berlin and the Social Science Research Center Berlin, in alliance with the Hans-Bredow Institute for Media Research in Hamburg as an integrated co-operation partner. The research directors of the institute are Prof. Dr. Jeanette Hofmann, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Ingolf Pernice, Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Schildhauer and Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schulz.

Further Information

Florian Lüdtke | Press & Science Communication
Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society
Französische Straße 9, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 30 200 760 82
Email: presse@dont-want-spam.hiig.de
Web: www.hiig.de/en/