New DFG position paper on information infrastructures in science


The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) has published a new position paper on the further development of information infrastructures in science, which is marked by digitisation, transformation to open access, and research data management. Against the background of a far-reaching digital shift in the disciplines and persistently strong dynamics of change, the paper analyses the current situation and defines priority areas for action. It thus serves as a guide for the DFG's funding policy for the coming years in the area of the Scientific Library and Information Systems (LIS) programme.

The strategy paper describes current requirements in a data-intensive and networked science environment and the growing demands on consultation and collaboration at several levels, namely, within the scientific communities, between the infrastructure agencies, and between infrastructure and science. At a technical level, the paper focuses mainly on three funding areas: Indexing and Digitisation of Information Resources,  Open Access Transformation, and Research Data.

The paper notes that the DFG perceives open access transformation as the transformation of academic publishing that includes aspects such as the transformation of publishing channels, business and financing models, processes and workflows, publication formats, evaluation and exchange mechanisms, and habits and behaviours. In future, all roads to Open Access will be supported that are conducive to enabling scientifically adequate transformation. The position paper sets out concrete measures to support such a transformation, namely, the continuation and further development of the funding programmes  "Open Access Publishing," "Infrastructure for Electronic Publications and the Digital Communication of Science," and "Licences for Digital Content," the establishment of monitoring mechanisms, and the further development and adaptation of the funding guidelines for open access.