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A new orientation towards future tasks

22. October 2006

Annual Report 2005 published / economic situation stabilized / FIZ Karlsruhe has made decisive steps towards its new orientation from a provider of electronic scientific information to a service partner for knowledge management and knowledge transfer in science and industry

Karlsruhe, October 2006  -  “FIZ Karlsruhe can look back on a positive business year 2005“, states Dr. Wolf-Dieter Lukas, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of FIZ Karlsruhe, in his preface to the Annual Report 2005 which was recently published. The enterprise has further strengthened and expanded its position as a competent and reliable service partner in the international information business and knowledge management. According to Dr. Lukas, the successful partnerships with the Max-Planck-Society and with the Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) were of high importance in this respect.

”The strategic process initiated 2005 aims at strengthening FIZ Karlsruhe’s core business and its innovative power“, says Managing Director and CEO Sabine Brünger-Weilandt. Part of the product portfolio was newly oriented, and future activities will focus on two main areas: (1) the further development of STN’s  content and technology, including the generation of value-added content, (2) the development of E-Science services.

In 2005, FIZ Karlsruhe and the Max Planck Society (MPG) started working on their joint project eSciDoc. This is a pilot project within the German E-Science initiative and funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The project is aimed at building an integrated information, communication and publishing platform for the scientific workplace of the future. FIZ Karlsruhe’s tasks in the eSciDoc project are to provide development and IT solutions and to make the results developed within the project available to other national research institutions for their purposes. This offers an excellent basis for establishing FIZ Karlsruhe in the long run as a competent service partner for the creation and operation of E-Science systems for scientific institutions. Thus it will assume a central role in the providing a modern research infrastructure to German scientists.

FIZ Karlsruhe‘s largest business area is the globally successful online service STN International. It is jointly operated by the three partners FIZ Karlsruhe/Germany, Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS)/USA, and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)/Tokyo. At the end of 2005, STN International provided 24/7 online access to a total of 224 sci-tech databases containing more than 528 million records. Of these databases, 111 files containing more than 187 million records were hosted with the STN Service Center Karlsruhe, the others with CAS.

STN International’s competitiveness is continuously improved. To this end, FIZ Karlsruhe and CAS have developed a new software tool for strategic information management. STN AnaVist allows for the analysis and visualization of search results in tables, diagrams and images. Thus scientific knowledge can be presented in an entirely new way, current research and market trends can easily be viewed - resulting in value-add and competitive advantage to users. STN AnaVist was launched on the market in the summer of 2005 and is highly appreciated by information specialists.

In 2005, the turnover registered at FIZ Karlsruhe for the usage of STN databases was 49.5 million Euro (2004: 50.8), including collection services for other STN partners. The slight decline in comparison to 2004 is due to the difficult market situation, characterized by stagnating investments in R&D, and currency disparities. Like in the previous year, the regional distribution of database usage in almost equal shares fell to the German-speaking countries, the other European countries (not including Eastern Europe) as well as the USA and Canada; a smaller share fell to Japan.

The development of the information portal io-port.net was successfully completed in 2005. io-port.net offers centralized access to more than two million publications in informatics and related disciplines. It was developed within the scope of the government-funded project  FIS-I (Fachinformationssystem Informatik) in close collaboration with the Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. (GI) and scientists from three German universities.

The total revenues from all business areas of FIZ Karlsruhe amounted to 19.9 (20) million Euro, the expenses to 27 (26.1) million Euro. The share of own revenues amounted to 74% (77%) of the total expenditure. The number of employees (328 in 2004) slightly dropped to 323. Due to the high proportion of part-time employees, this corresponds to 278 man years. The number of trainees almost remained the same (16 in 2005; 17 in 2004).

The online version (PDF) of the Annual Report 2005 is available.

Printed copies of the Annual Report 2005 (German only) can be ordered with:

FIZ Karlsruhe, Rüdiger Mack
Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen/Germany

Phone: +49-7247-808-513, Fax: +49-7247-808-134
E-Mail:  Ruediger.Mack(at)fiz-karlsruhe(dot)de


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FIZ Karlsruhe

FIZ Karlsruhe is an experienced service partner for information management and knowledge transfer in science and industry. Its activities focus on the development of E-Science services and the provision of a worldwide unique collection of databases through its online service STN International.

STN International - The Scientific & Technical Information Network - is jointly operated by three partners: FIZ Karlsruhe (Europe), Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), Columbus, Ohio (USA), and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) in Tokyo (Japan). STN offers a wide range of indispensable databases as well as excellent tools for search, analysis and post-processing of search results. Decision-makers in enterprises and institutions highly appreciate the valuable information provided by STN.

FIZ Karlsruhe is a member of the Leibniz Association (WGL), an association of non-academic scientific research and service institutions.