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Max Planck Society eDoc-Server

... building a digital repository for the rich scientific and intellectual output of the Max Planck Society



The ZIM has been founded to support the Institutes of the Max Planck Society in the management and communication of scientific information. With the eDoc-Server it provides the Institutes with an easy to use electronic platform to

scientific documents and the results of their research.

eDoc 4 You

All Institutes of the Max Planck Society are invited to use the eDoc -Server to

  • collect their scientific documents in digital form
  • manage their publication data
  • increase the visibility of their local digital collections.
As we seek to optimize and extend the functionality of the eDoc-Server, we invite input and offers for collaboration from all Institutes to ensure that eDoc serves the needs of an active and competitive multi-disciplinary research community.

Please send your proposals or requests to edoc-support@zim.mpg.de

Usage Scenarios

Institutes can use the eDoc-Server to

  • support collaborative work by sharing of documents and to allow colleagues to learn about current, ongoing work. Access to such collections can be restricted to the MPG domain, an Institute or a specific group of privileged users.
  • track publications by registering and managing an institute's or a department's publication data with or without submitting an archival copy of the full text. The system supports to select and export publication records e.g. for official MPG reports. The publications for the yearbook 2003 will be captured via eDoc. (Read more on using eDoc for publications for the official MPG yearbook.)
  • provide supplementary material by posting data, images, talks, software etc. complementing documents published elsewhere. The eDocument Server provides a stable location for such material which can be referenced and linked to in the main publication.
  • speedy communication of results by publication of pre-prints (prior or simultaneous to submission to a refereed journal), or an Institute series of technical reports and discussion papers.
  • archive the output of a project or institute by submitting archival copies of all intellectual output or linking to such copies at a discipline specific, global archives. To respect existing copyright agreements access to the material can be controlled on an item to item level and restricted to internal users.
  • Electronic Publishing by publishing collections of digitally born documents that fully exploit the possbilities of web-based presentation and information processing.

Selected Key Features

  • central technical infrastructure for data integration and long term archiving
  • worldwide, remote access to digital collections (and adjustable user rights)
  • access to an institute's research through one interface with a variety of browse and search options
  • global visibility of MPG research and integration into larger frameworks and subject specific services based on OAI standards (www.openarchives.org).
  • easy reference guaranteed by global document identifiers
  • integration of local collections in eDoc through XML based OAI Metadata Harvesting Protocol
  • web-based administration with customizable workflow to accomodate institute specific policies for quality management
  • export filters for Endnote, Reference Manager, and BibTeX
  • XML based interface to re-use publication data maintained on eDoc by integrating them into local webpages (publication list of workgroup, individual authors etc.)

Strategic Goals

The motivations for introducing and using the eDoc Server differ from one discipline to another. From an institutional viewpoint the eDoc-Server aims to:

  • build a comprehensive resource of scientific information produced by the Max Planck institutes, providing a stable location for its preservation and dissemination,
  • increase the visibility of the intellectual output of the Max Planck Institutes in all the forms it takes in the era of the Internet
  • strengthen the Society and the scientific community in negotiations with publishers about the ownership of scientific research documents at a time where sky-rocketing journal prices and restrictive copyright undermine theirwide dissemination and persistent accessibility.
  • contribute to a world wide, emerging scholarly communication system, which exploits the full potential of the Internet and the digital respresentation and processing of scientific information.

Related Efforts

eDoc is part of an international effort to establish institutional digital archives. See also:

ETH-E-Collection: http://e-collection.ethbib.ethz.ch/

MIT Dspace: http://web.mit.edu/dspace/

CERN CDS: http://cds.cern.ch/

History of Open Archives and eprint Servers: http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/timeline.htm

Interested in using eDoc for your Institute?

If you are interested in using eDoc for your Institute you should contact


and include some details what your main interest will be.
Please provide contact details (institute, name, e-mail, telephone number) for at least one person. The ZIM staff will than get in touch with you to discuss the further procedures.

Please consult the eDoc Handbook (only in German) to find out more about eDoc and how you could possibly use it in your Institute: [PDF] (1.932kb)

Similiar information to this page is also available as promotional Flyer: [PDF] (249kb)

Heinz Nixdorf Center for Information Management in the Max Planck Society - http://www.zim.mpg.de
Last changed: 04 March 2003