ZBW conducts its own application-oriented research in computer science and information sciences with a focus on Open Science. It has its own department for software development, which carries out application-oriented and partly research-driven software development in the field of information systems and digital libraries. Its range of services includes the conception, development and support of classical library applications such as repositories and subject portals, of infrastructures for metadata management or long-term archiving, and finally of data infrastructures and applications for the Semantic Web. Our portfolio also includes the provision of research and publishing platforms, such as the EconBiz subject portal or the EconStor Open Access publication server. Moreover, we are responsible for transferring r&d results to productive services and applications.
To support labor research competence centers, the BMBF-funded project "CoCo: Connect & Collect - AI-supported cloud for interdisciplinary networked research and innovation for future work" is developing an infrastructure with AI-supported tools and innovative methods that will bring new possibilities into interdisciplinary work research. A “cloud of work research” is being created, bringing together competence centers and other stakeholders and offering opportunities for cooperation and networking.
Digital Information Infrastructure Group and Web Science Working Group
We do research in computer science and related areas, especially in the fields of research data management, web science and open science. We develop innovative technologies and thereby support the world's largest library for economics. There are two professorships (chairs) currently in this field: Digital Information Infrastructure (Prof. Tochtermann) and Web Science (Prof. Peters). We are a group of 23 researchers in total.
Abteilungsleiterin Benutzungsdienste, Abteilung B1 am Standort Hamburg
I started working at the ZBW in the User Services Department over 15 years ago. I continue to work there with pleasure, because during this time I have been able to grow with my tasks and to take on new and greater responsibility several times: From librarian at the Information Desk to head of the Borrowing/Document Delivery Group and now to head of the User Services Department. During this time, the ZBW supported me in my extra-occupational studies (business studies). Home office and a possible temporary reduction in hours make it easier to balance work and family life. At the ZBW having child(ren) and being a head of department are not mutually exclusive.
Project Manager Digital Long-term Archiving, Department B2 Conservation in Kiel
What I like about the ZBW is the creative freedom and the independent work - I can determine my own priorities. We are increasingly working digitally. The digital tools at the ZBW also offer good conditions for international networking. Very important conditions for me, apart from my part-time job, are the flexible working hours and working in the home office: that also works with a sleeping sick child next to my desk. The flexibility also benefits my sport activities.
Project Manager Automation of Subject Indexing, Department A1 Scientific Services in Hamburg
I came to the ZBW seeking for a job where my professional work is appreciated and where I am not simply burned out. I perceive the ZBW as an employer where work-life balance is valued more highly than at other institutions. At the same time, I have the feeling that there is a real interest in my professional activities bearing fruit, and investments are made in my further development accordingly.
Research Assistant Taxonomy and Thesaurus Management, Department A1 Scientific Services in Hamburg
Transferring classic information infrastructure activities to the digital world involves completely new requirements and opportunities that make everyday work interesting. I like working at the ZBW because, as a research library, it has the ambition to set national and international standards in this field.
Research assistant and deputy head of the Electronic Publishing Department, Department C2 in Hamburg
My colleagues are open-minded, innovative and keen to experiment. I like the fact that, under the common Open Science umbrella, we are constantly trying out new things, even if only a fraction of them later manifest themselves in services. This and the cooperation across locations and departments makes the ZBW special to me, as does the appreciation and promotion of self-determined work. So, if you want to contribute your own ideas to make open science a reality, you've come to the right place.
Research Assistant Open Science
I first visited the ZBW for a summer research event, and came to intensify the collaboration thereafter via several research stays, until joining it few years later. A dynamic and thriving work environment, a portfolio of modern research projects, as well as a great work-life balance are some of the qualities that set ZBW apart as an organization and made it an attractive venue for me. It is great to be part of such a welcoming and supportive environment, which accommodates individual career growth and enables engagement in research, experiments with real use cases (and users), and participation in national and international initiatives and projects.