The Open Access platform, arXiv, operated by the Cornell University Library, has revolutionised the academic exchange of information and has become indispensible as a fast communication medium for physics and associated specialised fields.
Since the beginning of 2010, the Cornell University Library has been attempting to acquire more sources of finance as the costs for this information resource, which is used by scientists worldwide, cannot be borne by one facility alone. The library is planning the introduction of a new collaborative finance model from 2012-2013 and, in the interim, is looking for financial contributions from the most important users.
The German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB), along with the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft and the Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren, is supporting the Cornell University Library in the development of its long-term business model. With the support of the DPG (Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft – German Physical Society), the KFP (Konferenz der Fachbereiche für Physik – Conference of the Departments of Physics) and other specialised associations, the TIB has agreed to proceed with the Cornell University Library in a "Memorandum of Understanding" and, within the framework of the project which is being funded by the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft – German Research Foundation), will organise the financing for the German universities and develop a financing model which will take account of the German universities’ situation.
The German universities’ share in the use of the library during the interim period in 2010 has been jointly supported by the Helmholtz-Allianz “Physics at the Terascale“ and the TIB – the DFG will take over the fees for 2011 and 2012.
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