After two successful funding phases (since 2016), the DFG has fully approved our continuation proposal. Thus Pollux will be funded for another three years with a sum of 1.79 million EUR!
In the next funding phase (2022-2025), the research data center Qualiservice will join the SuUB and GESIS as a third project partner.
The goals of the third funding phase include in particular:
Expansion of the literature search engine Pollux (so far 8 million documents) to include resources from related neighboring disciplines
Improving the visibility and searchability of text corpora and research blogs
Strengthening of public relations
Expansion of the open access services
Research data management of qualitative research data
The official press release can be found here: to the news
New Partner: Qualiservice
Starting with the new funding period in fall 2022, Pollux has new partner: the Research Data Center (RDC) Qualiservice. Qualiservice is the only RDC in Germany that offers services for archiving all kinds of qualitative research data – such as interviews, observation protocols, field notes or audio and video recordings – and sharing them for further scientific (re-)use. Pollux will serve as contact point and offer various services around the management and sharing of qualitative research data, including individual advice and various training offers. A specific focus will be placed on developing solutions for the legal and practical challenges in archiving and sharing expert interviews and document collections. For further information on Qualiservice, please visit their website or get in contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
New video: "Pollux for students"
Just in time for the start of the semester, we have produced a new video that is primarily aimed at students. It briefly explains the most important search functions of Pollux.
You are welcome to use the video in teaching (e.g. in courses on academic work).
German version only. Subtitles are available in English.
Our newsletter can now be subscribed via our website. In addition, you now have access to the archive of past newsletters.
We have worked out a new procedure for detecting duplicates and different versions of the books detected in Pollux, which also uses techniques from the field of artificial intelligence. After extensive testing, the new procedure has now been put into operation in the Pollux search engine. Different versions or duplicates of a book, such as different editions, are now no longer displayed one below the other in the results list, but are combined into a single entry. All versions are then listed in the article and can also be selected individually.
Above the title is displayed if multiple versions are available.
We think that we could make the hit list after a search (example) a bit clearer this way and are looking forward to your feedback!
News from our Scientific Advisory Board
Natalie Tröller, Dr. Sebastian Botzem and Prof. Dr. Manuel Fröhlich have finished their work in the Scientific Advisory Board of Pollux. We thank all three for their support. It was a pleasure for us!
Jun. Prof. Arndt Leininger, Ph.D. (Picture: Jenny Fitz)
Prof. Dr. Isabelle Borucki (Picture: Bea Roth Photography)
Open Access Transformation
transcript Open Library Political Science
Once again we are the main sponsor of the transcript Open Library Political Science for the year 2023. Until the end of November, libraries and institutions can still participate in the OA funding of all new publications in the political science program.
About the Open Library Political Science: The transcript Open Library Political Science is a model that enables the Open Access publication of all new publications in the program area of political science by a consortium. In four successful rounds to date, 65 institutions from Germany, Austria and Switzerland have already committed themselves to the Open Access transformation. Thanks to the open library communities, more than 200 book publications are freely accessible to the entire scientific community: 87 new publications through the community and 170 backlist publications as a free bonus service from the publisher.
About KOALA: In the BMBF-funded project KOALA (Building Consortial Open Access Solutions), consortial solutions for financing Open Access are being established. The collaborative funding of OA journals and OA book series by academic libraries represents an alternative to the dominant APC model, in which articles are paid for individually by authors or their institutions.The infrastructure created by KOALA enables fair and sustainable funding of quality-assured OA publications. It helps to reduce financial barriers for authors and thus facilitates participation in OA publishing.
About the Verfassungsblog: The Verfassungsblog is an academic and journalistic (diamond) open-access forum of debate on topical events and developments in constitutional law and politics in Germany, the emerging European constitutional space and beyond. The content published on Verfassungsblog receives a DOI and is transferred to the disciplinary open access repository <intR>²Dok for long-term archiving (ISSN 2366-7044).
Last but not least, we are participating in the OA transformation of over 50 selected e-books (frontlist and backlist) of University of Michigan Press, Ledizioni Publishing, Manchester University Press and other publishers in the field of Politics & International Studies.
About Knowledge Unlatched (KU): Knowledge Unlatched (KU) is an initiative that has been working since 2012 in partnership with libraries and institutions around the world to expand the number of open access publications and initiatives via crowdfunding.
The "Tips and Tricks" section is now called "Spotlight" and highlights each time a small aspect of our research portal.
Digitization on demand
We digitize titles in good condition that are not yet available online via other library services and that are free of copyright claims. This will be especially the case for titles published before 1910.
Complete and copyright-free works are transferred to the digital collections of the State and University Library Bremen and made available worldwide via Pollux.
Further information, including exclusion criteria: here
Pollux, that is…
Who are the people behind Pollux? In each newsletter, we introduce one person from the Pollux team so that you can get to know us a little better.
Interim Project Coordinator
I am Regina Pfeifenberger and have been responsible for public relations and Open Science at Pollux for a good three years. Since February 2021, I also am interim project coordinator of Pollux.
As a project coordinator, I am in an incredible number of video conferences and meetings, maintaining partnerships and collaborations, building new ones, and always keeping an eye on the big picture and on our small team. For example, we have modernized our workflow together as a team and work now with a Kanban board, weeklies, monthlies, strict timeboxing and sometimes more sometimes less fun check-ins and check-outs. Not only has the fun factor increased, since then we have been working in a much more structured, transparent and efficient way.
In the field of Open Science, I initiated an Open Access workshop for political scientists in cooperation with open-access.network. Furthermore I created an information page for Open Access in political science. More is planned and waiting to be tackled.
After my studies in social anthropology in Göttingen and Berlin, I did my library traineeship at the ZLB-Berlin. After that, I worked for almost 10 years at the University Library of the Humboldt University Berlin, where I was a public relations officer and subject librarian for various subjects (including higher education, cultural studies and media studies).
Berlin with children somehow became too dirty, too loud, too stressful and too expensive (sorry Berlin) and I moved back to Bremen. Well, almost Bremen - very rural, green, quiet and relaxed. There I garden (incredibly meditative) and observe nature, enjoy the silence and the wide view.