The consortium

The PARSE.insight consortium consists of the following partners:

STFCScience and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), UK

Formed by Royal Charter in 2007, the Science and Technology Facilities Council is one of Europe’s largest multidisciplinary research organisations supporting scientists and engineers world-wide. The Council operates world-class, large scale research facilities and provides strategic advice to the UK government on their development. It also manages international research projects in support of a broad cross-section of the UK research community. The Council also directs, coordinates and funds research, education and training.

KBKoninklijke Bibliotheek (KB), The Netherlands

The National Library of the Netherlands (KB) fosters the national infrastructure for scientific information and plays an important role in the permanent access to digital information at an international level. The KB was the first national library in the world to have an operational digital deposit system based on the OAIS reference model. The digital archiving system is called the e-Depot. KB has an agreement with most of the key international publishers to have their online journals archived for long term preservation and access in the e-Depot, which currently contains more than ten million scientific papers.

DNBDeutsche Nationalbibliothek (DNB), Germany

The German National Library is the central archival library and national bibliographic centre for the Federal Republic of Germany. Its task, unique in Germany, is to collect, permanently archive, comprehensively document and record bibliographically without gap all German and German-language publications from 1913 on, foreign publications about Germany, translations of German works, and the works of German-speaking emigrants published abroad between 1933 and 1945, and to make them available to the public. The German National Library maintains co-operative external relations on the national and international level. For example, it is the leading partner in developing and maintaining rules and standards in Germany and plays a significant role in the development of international standards.

MPGMax Planck Gesellschaft (MPG), Germany

The Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science is an independent, non-profit research organization that primarily promotes and supports research at its own institutes. The research institutes of the Max Planck Society perform basic research in the interest of the general public in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. In particular, the Max Planck Society takes up new and innovative research areas that German universities are not in a position to accommodate or deal with adequately. These interdisciplinary research areas often do not fit into the university organization, or they require more funds for personnel and equipment than those available at universities. The variety of topics in the natural sciences and the humanities at Max Planck Institutes complement the work done at universities and other research facilities in important research fields.

STMInternational Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM), The Netherlands

STM is an international association of about 100 scientific, technical, medical and scholarly publishers, collectively responsible for more than 60% of the global annual output of research articles, over half the active research journals and the publication of tens of thousands of print and electronic books, reference works and databases. We are the only international trade association equally representing all types of STM publishers – large and small companies, not for profit organisations, learned societies, traditional, primary, secondary publishers and new entrants to global publishing.

ESAEuropean Space Agency ESRIN (ESA), France

The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. ESA is an international organisation with 17 Member States. By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, it can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country.

FUHFernUniversitat in Hagen (FUH), Germany

FUH is the only state-maintained distance teaching university in Germany. It offers a great variety of study programmes leading to Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees as well as further education programmes and supports focus- and profile-oriented research. Since our study and further education programmes are offered in German, more detailed information can be found on our German websites. Some of the further links also refer to German sites. More than 60 study centres within Germany and abroad provide information about the university and its programmes and offer tutorials dealing with course-related problems and helping students to prepare for exams. Meanwhile, the FernUniversitat has existed for more than 30 years and is an established institution in the scientific community.

CERNEuropean Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Switzerland

Established in 1954, CERN is the world largest particle physics laboratory. It is operated by twenty European member states and receives visitors from universities and laboratories worldwide. More than 10’000 employees and visiting scientists and engineers perform research at the laboratory. CERN builds, operates and exploits particle accelerators running at the highest energies ever made by mankind. Its latest facility, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), will allow scientists to investigate questions about the origin of the universe by reproducing the conditions at the birth of the universe.

UGOEGeorg-August-Universitat Gottingen Stiftung Oeffentlichen Rechts (UGOE), Germany

The Georg-August-Universitat of Gottingen was founded in 1737 with an inherent commitment to the critical spirit of the Enlightenment. Throughout the course of its history, the “Georgia Augusta” has succeeded in attracting and retaining world-class researchers whose groundbreaking basic research led to the establishment of the University’s international reputation, both in the natural sciences and in the arts, and who remain influential in the shaping of the University profile to this day; the name of Gottingen is associated with more than 40 Nobel Prize winners who have lived and worked here. Today, the University is confronting the challenge of not merely maintaining but enhancing its high standard of research and the strong Gottingen focus on research-based teaching by undertaking reform projects in the areas of research, teaching and administration.

Alliance for Permanent AccessFurthermore, PARSE.insight works closely together with the European Alliance for Permanent Access. The Alliance aims to develop a shared vision and framework for a sustainable organisational infrastructure for permanent access to scientific information.

See the Alliance website for more information: