Current projects

  • The library is hosting the Helmholtz Open Science Office and is an active member of the 'Arbeitskreis Open Science in der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft'.
  • Membership in working groups of the Priority Initiative “Digital Information” by the Alliance of German Science Organisations, Member of the steering committee
  • The library contributes to the DFG project DeepGreen continuing the “Open Access Transformation” in Germany.
  • The library participates in the DFG project "Fachinformationsdienst Geowissenschaften der festen Erde (FID GEO)" in partnership with the SUB Göttingen.
  • Contributions to the DFG project ORCID DE
  • Contributions to the BMBF project EcoDM[Ecosystem Data Management]
  • Contributions to the BMBF project
  • Contribution to the DFG project re3data COREF (Community Driven Open Reference for Research Data Repositories) for optimization of re3data
    re3data was started in 2012, integrated into the DataCite portfolio after completion of the project in 2016 and is controlled by a DataCite working group.


The library is member of KOBV.
Furthermore, the library is also member of

  • 'Arbeitskreis Bibliotheks- und Informationsmanagement der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren' = Consortium of Helmholtz libraries.
  • The branch library PIK is member of the 'Arbeitskreis der Bibliotheken und Informationseinrichtungen der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft'.
  • Friedrich Althoff-Konsortium.
  • Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Spezialbibliotheken e.V. / Sektion 5 im Deutschen Bibliotheksverband 
  • Deutscher Bibliotheksverband, Landesverband Brandenburg

The library participates in the GEOUM Working Group of the Libraries for Earth and Environmental Sciences and is hosting its mailinglist.

Former projects

  • Contributions to the BMBF project Options4OA (2018-2020)
    As part of the project "Options4OA - Strategic and Operational Options for Action for Academic Institutions and Societies in Shaping the Open Access Transformation", a study is being carried out on the status of open access in Germany.
  • Contributions to the BMBF project GDN: Geo Data Node (2018-2020)
    The project consists of the synergy with communities with advanced data management practices and the Library and Information Services. GEOFON and the Geophysical Instrument Pool Potsdam (GIPP) employ highly standardized data and serve as data archives. Lessons learned by this community have been promulgated at GFZ. An update to the guidelines for communities where data management is already quite standardized and successful (e.g. seismology, geodesy, rock samples) has been done.
  • Contributions to the project "EWIG - Entwicklung von Workflowkomponenten für die Langzeitarchivierung von Forschungsdaten in den Geowissenschaften", funded by DFG (2011-2014).
  • Contributions to the project "KomFor - Kompetenzzentrum für Forschungsdaten aus Erde und Umwelt", funded by DFG (2011-2014).
  • Contributions to the project "Radieschen - Rahmenbedingungen einer disziplinübergreifenen Forschungsdateninfrastruktur" (2011-2013). 
  • Contributions to the project  "STD-DOI - Creating access to scientific Data", funded by DFG (2006-2009)
  • Contributions to a proposal for an e-science project  „GEO-GRID – ein Community-Grid für die Erd- und Umweltforschung“ (BMBF 2006).
  • GIN-Net (Geoscience Information Network), funded by DFG (2005).
  • Zentrum für Informationsmanagement in den Geowissenschaften (CeGIM), funded by DFG (2004).