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Academic Information Portals

Session: Transition from Classical to Electronic Media: Opportunities and Limitations
Author: Kerstin Zimmermann, ftw. (Telecommunications Research Centre Vienna); Austria 
Abstract: Information and communication are essential to scientific research. All academics would like to stay in touch with their worldwide community and therefore have one common starting point for their field and use it for free. A structured information platform is required where you can retrieve the data in a particular way, sorted by categories like research institutes, publications, conferences, etc. All useful online resources are integrated (bottom-up) in this service.

PhysNet ( serve this need in natural science for years. At the moment interdisciplinary portals like MareNet (a href=""> and the Telecom Portal ( are being established and trying to solve special problems link common keyword, different classification schemes.

User aspects become more and more important. Documentation about research projects and futherances are requested. Further efforts will deal with concordance schemata as well as learning material.

About the author: Kerstin Zimmermann was born in Bielefeld, Germany, physics study at Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg and postgraduate studies at ifu in Hamburg Project Area: Information, Project Group: Knowledge Architecture worked in the following information management projects:
  • eprint: Electronic Print Server for Research Information on Natural Science and Technology (Univ. of Oldenburg)
  • Dissertationen Online (Univ. of Oldenburg)
  • OAD: Open Archives: Distributes services for physicists and graduate students at ISN (Institute for Science Networking Oldenburg)
Since 2001 researcher for information management at ftw. (Telecommunications Research Centre Vienna, Austria), provider of the Austrian mirror of PhysNet
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