Strategic cooperation between FIZ Karlsruhe and FIZ CHEMIE

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Article publication date: 1 October 2004



(2004), "Strategic cooperation between FIZ Karlsruhe and FIZ CHEMIE", The Electronic Library, Vol. 22 No. 5.



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Strategic cooperation between FIZ Karlsruhe and FIZ CHEMIE

Strategic cooperation between FIZ Karlsruhe and FIZ CHEMIE

The managing directors of Fachinformationszentrum (FIZ) Karlsruhe (Sabine Brünger-Weilandt) and FIZ CHEMIE Berlin (Professor René Deplanque and Peter Schuhe) have published a joint letter of intent which outlines planned close cooperation between the two non-profit organizations.

“With this close co-operation between both of our institutions we are taking the first step to strengthen the long-term future of German providers of scientific information. We will position ourselves more strongly within the European context and thereby secure our long-term international competitiveness”, explained Ms Brünger-Weilandt. “The new competence centre will have two major target groups: first, scientists in business and industry; and second, scientists at research institutes and universities. We want to support our users in that we will manage information and communication.”

Professor Deplanque emphasized: “In Germany we have the capability, the brains and the vision to offer science both a first-class supply of information and to actively support its management of this scientific information. Both information centres have more than two decades of international experience in this field and now we will bring this know-how together.”

Peter Schuhe sees a good chance to increase the operative degree of effectiveness with this cooperation. He explained: “We will be able to attain positive synergistic effects by optimally exploiting our joint expertise and the competences of our highly qualified members of staff and by effectively concentrating our technical and organizational resources.”

The first manifestation of this closer cooperation was visible at the comInfo 2004 conference and exhibition where both organizations exhibited together at one booth. This joint appearance in advertising and marketing when addressing the same target groups is one of the projects outlined in the Letter of Intent; further projects in the field of mathematics and in the planning and development of innovative products and services will begin immediately.

In the future, an efficient, high-performance competence centre for scientific and technical information is expected to develop out of this strategic alliance. Further, the organizational model has been so developed, that the future integration of additional partner institutions will also be possible.

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