Knowledge Exchange



Markus Brammer


Markus Brammer, Team TIB-Lizenzen


Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)


1 January 2009 – 31. December 2011

Knowledge Exchange was a joint initiative of national funding bodies from Denmark (DEFF), Germany (DFG), the Netherlands (SURF) and the United Kingdom (JISC).  Knowledge Exchange was a co-operative effort that supports the use and development of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) infrastructure for higher education and research. The main focus was on the development of common strategies and agreements on uniform or compatible technical solutions.


Five products successfully emerged from a tender of the international network, Knowledge Exchange which, due to the framework agreement for the 2009-2011 licensing period, are also being offered in Germany as a national licence, national consortium or as a contract with special conditions.

TIB has organized the national implementation of the following KE framework agreements:

  • Multi-Science Publishing (23 journals; national consortium with 50% DFG funding) 
  • Wiley-Blackwell Online Books (procurement of a multinational discount agreement)

Knowledge Exchange’s multinational Licensing Working Group developed and conducted the tendering process and is taking over the international management (including the completion of framework contracts with publishers) as well as the evaluation. Above all, the working group is concerned with the discussion of questions pertaining to licensing policy which can affect the partners’ negotiations with publishers. As a result, if necessary, workshops are organised which are open to representatives from the four participating countries.

TIB is represented in the Knowledge Exchange’s multinational Licensing Working Group by its Head of Legal and Licence Affairs.

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