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Goportis - Verbund der drei Deutschen Zentralen Fachbibliotheken

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Goportis – network of the three German National Specialist Libraries

The Goportis network was founded in 2009 by the three German National Specialist Libraries listed below:

  • TIB (Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology, Hanover),
  • ZB MED (Information Centre for Life Sciences, Cologne/Bonn) and
  • ZBW (Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, Kiel/Hamburg).

Goportis is a source of reference for different fields of expertise. These include:

  • Licences
  • Long-term preservation and
  • Digitisation

Goportis aims to pool the knowledge in these areas and to prompt further developments together with other partners.

Competences and priorities in the area of long-term preservation

Goportis cooperatively maintains and develops a long-term archiving system to ensure the long-term availability and usability of the large digital holdings of the three libraries.
In the course of its strategic development, the TIB has designed a business model which offers long-term archiving as a service to other institutions. It supports those institutions in their efforts to archive digital holdings who are unable or unwilling to maintain their own long-term archiving systems. The TIB provides an infrastructure that is scalable, multi-tenant capable and fulfils both technical and procedural tasks. It is incorporated into a national framework within the nestor competence network.
Another focus lies on cooperation, Goportis is not only a member of nestor, but also of the Open Preservation Foundation (OPF), which was founded in 2010.

The three libraries are active in a varying number of nestor working groups:

  • Format identification (TIB, ZB MED, ZBW in leading position)
  • Media (TIB)
  • Certification (TIB and ZBW)
  • Research data (ZBW, ZB MED and TIB in leading positions)
  • Personal archiving (TIB and ZBW)
  • Legal affairs (TIB)

They are all represented in the nestor coordinating group. The TIB and the ZBW represent Goportis in the annual meeting of the nestor directors.


ZBW - Deutsche Zentralbibliothek für Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Leibniz-Informationszentrum Wirtschaft
Düsternbrooker Weg 120
D-24105 Kiel
Phone +49 431 88 14-610
Fax +49 431 88 14-520

Last update: 20.11.2017

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