The "alliance licence" licencing model was developed within the framework of the Priority Initiative “Digital Information” of the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany, and has been in use since 2011. They are national opt-in consortia that are funded in part by the DFG. This means that higher education institutions and non-university research facilities actively decide to participate in the relevant consortium, and have to bear some of the cost themselves. The funding is subject to strict conditions concerning the professional significance, the technical provision, the price/performance ratio and the rights of use granted.
How can you access alliance licences?
Libraries that are interested in participating in a certain alliance licence must contact the relevant chief negotiator.
Current alliance licences
Current ongoing alliance licences with DFG support for which TIB is the institution conducting the negotiations:
- Biochemical Society Journals
- DETAIL inspiration
- SPIE Digital Library (continuation)
- Scientific.Net: Materials Science and Engineering / Trans Tech Publications
The backfiles are available under a national licence, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). TIB has negotiated a so-called “moving wall” for the licence period from 2017 to 2019, which the library is also financing entirely in its capacity as German National Library of Science and Technology. In this way, the content of the database is freely accessible to all scientific institutions and interested private individuals after a one-year period.