eSciDoc is an e-research infrastructure, developed in a joint project of the Max Planck Society and FIZ Karlsruhe, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and aiming at building an e-research platform for multi-disciplinary research organizations.
Generating, processing, disseminating, and archiving scientific and scholarly knowledge is changing in a fundamental way. In the future, researchers from all over the world will cooperate, collaborate, and communicate throughout the whole process of knowledge generation by means of e-research environments. Typical scenarios include storing, manipulating, enriching, disseminating, and publishing not only of the final results of the research process, but of all intermediate steps as well, such as pre-research documents, primary and experimental data, pre-prints, and learning materials.
Thus, the result of the eSciDoc project is intended to ensure open and persistent access to research results and materials of scientific institutions and research organizations, like the Max Planck Society. eSciDoc integrates these materials in an emerging e-research network, increases the accountability of research and improves the visibility of these institutions and organizations. At the same time, eSciDoc aims to provide effective and comprehensive access to information for researchers and their work groups. Additionally, eSciDoc supports scientific collaboration and interdisciplinary research in future e-science scenarios and optimizes the exploitation of information available through an interconnected global scientific knowledge space.
The entire eSciDoc software is available as Open Source under the Common Development and Distribution License (CCDL).