Call for Proposal: Information on the Call for Proposals "Digitisation of Archival Sources" (04.05.2017)
The purpose of the call is to achieve significantly improved access to archival sources for research through digitisation and to bring these sources together in the Archive portal D and the German Digital Library.
Material for digitisation needs to be selected in the following three main areas to make materials relevant for research available to the various scientific disciplines, respond to existing demand from the research community and provide a relatively fast and cost-effective entry into large-scale and structured digitisation:
- Digitisation of microfilmed archival materials produced as part of the national microfilm presentation programme. Microfilms from supplementary preservation programmes can also be incorporated if their quality can be demonstrated to be suitable for digitisation.
- Digitisation of complete inventories, or appropriately delimited partial inventories, of files and official record books from the 19th and 20th centuries.
- Digitisation of pictorial materials, such as certificates, plans, posters, pictures and photographs.
In addition to the national importance of the material to be digitised, other research-related and archival criteria must be taken into consideration when selecting material.
Announcement: Research Data in Practice (30.11.2015)
The development and establishment of information infrastructures for research data have been important topics for a number of years. The aim of this funding initiative – a practical test, so to speak – is to investigate and consistently utilise the scientific potential of these information infrastructures.
The announcement offers researchers, working in close collaboration with representatives of information infrastructures in all disciplines, the opportunity to examine research questions primarily through the use or secondary use of existing research data. Ideally the research topic should be suited to demonstrating the capability of different research data repositories in terms of interoperable networking.
For the participating information infrastructures, this initiative offers the chance to demonstrate and if appropriate optimise their potential, particularly through their functionality in the context of interoperability and technical connectedness. The project funding is intended to enable infrastructures to undertake the necessary system adaptations, initially for this project, but they must be generic enough to be useful to future scientific projects too.
Call for Proposals: Coordinated funding initiative for the further development of processes for optical character recognition (OCR) (01.11.2014)
The purpose of this two-stage announcement is to improve, and where necessary standardise, techniques for full text generation. The objective in the first phase, which has now been announced, is to create a coordination structure. The purpose of the coordination project is to describe the thematic modules and task areas of a coordinated process and develop a concept for the interaction of these modules. Project proposals may then be submitted on the basis of the successful coordination proposal in an open announcement for phase two, the implementation of the individual modules.
Call; Digitisation and indexing of printed material published in the 18th century in the German-speaking areas (VD 18) – main phase – (30.01.2015)
VD 18 represents the continuation of the national bibliographic projects "Catalogue of Printed Material Published in the 16th Century in the German-Speaking Areas" (VD 16) and "Catalogue of Printed Material Published in the 17th Century in the German-Speaking Areas" (VD 17). However VD 18 differs from both of these in that the national bibliographic undertaking integrates cataloguing and digitisation.
The main phase of VD 18 was preceded in 2009 by a pilot phase based on a study by Klaus Haller. The common standards and workflows developed in the pilot funding period, such as average page prices for indexing and digitisation, are applied in the main phase which started in 2013. The funding in the main phase aims to increase the number of VD 18 printed works indexed and digitised at national bibliographic level.
The call for proposals for the second part of the main phase, which will last up to two years, was aimed at libraries in Germany which house a significant number of printed works and journals from the 18th century suitable for inclusion in the major indexing and digitisation project and which have been verified by one of the library networks or the Journal Database (Zeitschriftendatenbank, ZDB), but have not yet been indexed on a national bibliographic level nor appropriately digitised.
Call for Proposals: Open Access Transformation (31.10.2014)
Open access plays an increasingly important role in improving ways to access, exchange, productively appropriate and more easily reuse research findings that are published digitally over the internet. While open access is spreading at different rates in the different scientific disciplines, overall there is a strong momentum in the implementation of various models for providing open access to research results. This often entails the development of innovative solutions for different areas of the publishing process.
The DFG supports the science-driven development of this and similar areas that are constitutive of scholarly communication based on openly accessible research findings. For this purpose, the DFG funds experimentally oriented projects for the development and testing of new, innovative, and even risky approaches to introducing, designing and implementing open access, possibly in subject-specific ways.
Information on the Call for Proposals "Long-Term Availability within the Framework of 'Restructuring the National Information Services'" (15.11.2013)
On the basis of the DFG strategy paper "The development of library networks as part of a national infrastructure for information", on 12 January 2012 the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) published a call for proposals entitled "Restructuring the national information services". Its purpose was to trigger a comprehensive process of restructuring in the course of which the currently primarily regionally-oriented information services would be developed into sustainable, nationally and internationally networked and functionally defined services. The call addressed four topics. As the result of the review process, funding measures for the subject areas "Library data infrastructure and local systems", "Electronic Resource Management – the management of digital publications" and "Information infrastructures for researchers“ have begun. This has not yet been possible for the topic "Long-term availability". A new call for this task is therefore being issued.
The call "Long-term availability within the framework of 'Restructuring the national information services'" aims to initiate a process which will allow national facilities and services to be set up for long-term archiving. The intention is to build up a national, scalable, multi-client-enabled and, where possible, interdisciplinary infrastructure. This structure should support all the stages of digital long-term archiving from data ingest to provision to end users.
Call for Proposals: "Standards for Indexing and/or Digitisation of Object Classes in Scientific Collections" (15.05.2013)
The DFG is offering funding to create and develop standards for indexing and/or digitising object classes in scientific collections. The projects funded as part of this call will lay the foundations for more extensive indexing and digitisation.
An object class refers to a large collection of public-domain material which is curated and archived in natural sciences, technical or humanities collections (for example models, fossils, rock samples, preparations, herbaria, images or audio files).
The call is aimed at researchers and scientific service and information institutions (such as research museums, university collections and archives) in Germany which look after scientific collections of objects and want to participate, preferably in close cooperation with other institutions and the research community, in the creation and development of indexing and digitisation standards for a specific object class. The object classes should be as broad as possible in order to ensure the comprehensive reusability of the standards. The aim of the funding is to develop suitable solutions for the nationwide digital referencing and presentation of research-relevant object classes in scientific collections with regard to established standards for text-based objects such as authority files and the DFG Viewer. Comprehensive reusability of the digital data should be achieved. International developments which may offer scope for subsequent use must be taken into account in project proposals.
Funding is intended to promote both the further development of existing but inadequate standards and the creation of new standards for object classes for which no standards currently exist.
Information on the Call for Proposals "Development of Competence Centres for Licensing Electronic Resources: A Cross-Disciplinary Task within the System of DFG-Funded Scientific Information Services" (29.03.2013)
The Scientific Information Services system includes cross-disciplinary areas of responsibility for technical-organisational tasks that need to be performed in the same manner across subject areas and require special expertise. This applies especially to working with digital media. As a fundamental component of the realigned funding, the DFG therefore supports, under this call for proposals, the development of one or more competence centres for licensing electronic resources, which are responsible throughout the system for the cross-disciplinary task of acquiring digital media for a fee (licence negotiations) and handling technical processes (registration, activation, access platforms). The challenge lies in the development of organisational conditions and models for the nationwide provision of fee-based scientific information.
Call for Proposals "Scientific Monographs and Monographic Series in Open Access" (01.03.2013)
Open access is being adopted at different speeds, depending on the publishing traditions in the individual research disciplines. Particularly in the field of book publication there have so far been only few opportunities to make a scientific work directly available in open access at publication time (gold road). That is also due to the fact that only few viable business models exist so far for the publication of monographs in the gold road to open access. With this call for proposals, the DFG is aiming at the establishment of viable business models for the publication of scientific open-access monographs and monographic series (individual works, edited volumes, dissertations).
Call for Proposals: „NEH/DFG Bilateral Digital Humanities Programme“ (27.09.2012)
To encourage new approaches in any field of the humanities DFG and NEH provide funding for projects that contribute to the development and implementation of digital infrastructures and services for humanities research. The continued initiative focusses on collaborative projects in certain core fields.
Call for Proposals: "Restructuring of Nationwide Information Services" (15.05.2012)
The call aims to initiate and support a comprehensive restructuring process, during the course of which it is intended to further develop the current, primarily regionally oriented, information services and transform them into sustainable, functionally defined, national services that must also be internationally networked. The new services to be established are to take the form of an open system of distributed back-end infrastructures and local or also regional end-user interfaces and to be fully integrated into the WEB.
Call for Proposals: "Funding for Outstanding Research Libraries" (30.04.2012)
By building up and maintaining comprehensive, specialised and exemplarily indexed library material and databases, research libraries make an indispensable contribution to the provision of information for research and are ideal working environments for science and the humanities in a wide range of subjects. To support them in their task, the DFG is pursuing the aim of expanding the services for research rendered by outstanding libraries from this group, reinforcing their role as centres for scientific work over and beyond their function as library service providers, and thereby further developing the research infrastructure in a sustainable manner. With this funding programme "Förderung herausragender Forschungsbibliotheken", the DFG is making financial resources available for time-limited and project-linked measures that contribute to enhancing the profile of recognised research libraries, enable closer dovetailing with specific research activities, and that lead to the optimisation of support services for the researchers who use them.
A first call for proposals took place in 2010/2011.
Call for Proposals: "Virtual Research Environments – From Setup to Operation" (15.01.2012)
With this call the DFG is focusing in particular on the transition of virtual research environments from the set-up phase to permanent operation. Projects funded here are intended to develop organisational and financial solutions and implement them in practice so that they can, if required, also be used in other virtual research environments. The DFG is seeking by this means to support the design and development of new solutions and ways to establish permanent virtual research environments.
Call for Proposals: "Indexing and Digitising Objects in Scientific Collections" (01.02.2011)
Collections of scientific objects are used by researchers for their investigations, for comparison purposes, and as evidence to substantiate scientific findings. Often, however, information on the objects held in the collections is not available in digital form. The aim is to define the technical and organisational issues involved in object-related indexing and digitisation and to incorporate methods for modern information management into developing appropriate solutions for the worldwide digital provision of scientific collections.
Call for Proposals: "Information Infrastructures for Research Data" (28.04.2010)
In the course of research activities, data is acquired and collected through examining sources, sampling, field studies, simulations and surveys. Once the research has been completed, this data, as a rule, remains unpublished and is generally stored in digital format at the research institute where it was collected. For quite some time, therefore, the scientific community has been advocating the publication of the data on which research results used in scientific publications are based and its storage in a publicly accessible form.