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Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek geht in den Regelbetrieb

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BINE-Projektinfo: Rohrleitungen umweltschonender verlegen

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FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure

Welcome to FIZ Karlsruhe

We are a leading international provider of scientific information and services. Our mission is to supply scientists and companies with professional research and patent information as well as to develop innovative information services. As a key player in the information infrastructure we pursue our own research program and also cooperate with leading universities and research associations.

We collect tremendous quantities of information from a wide range of sources, and we assure that this information can be accurately and reliably searched and analyzed at all times. We provide databases that contain around 1.5 billion documents. Our clients include international market leaders from the pharmaceutical and chemical industries as well as large patent offices and research institutes. In addition, we are engaged in the development of innovative e-science solutions and services, including systems for the confidential management of research data.

We are a non-profit corporation and the largest non-university institution for information infrastructure in Germany.

FIZ Karlsruhe is a member of the Leibniz Association, which comprises almost 90 institutions involved in research activities and/or the development of scientific infrastructure.

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FIZ News

April 2014

FIZ AutoDoc with new features (incl. document rental service)

March 2014

Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek geht in den Regelbetrieb

March 2014

BINE-Projektinfo: Rohrleitungen umweltschonender verlegen

FIZ Newsline: Trends in the Information Business

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The Great Digging

Big Data, big hope: With the help of algorithms scientists scan the rapidly growing amount of data in order to prevent diseases, improve life and to maximize business profits. In Germany, however, one may encounter obstacles in the field of data mining.

For almost 30 years FIZ Karlsruhe has been dealing with data mining. Via the online service "STN International" the Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure provides global access to over 150 databases containing about 1.5 billion documents with professional research and patent information. At FIZ Karlsruhe, the employees are convinced that these documents have more potential. With the help of the STN platform, an important data technology tool, the research institute has successfully been able to deal with data and text mining for many years.
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Winds of Change? – Innovation in the Field of Wind Power Systems

Even in old Egypt 7,000 years ago, wind energy was used for powering ships. About 3,700 years ago the first windmills were built for irrigation projects. Hence, the technique to convert wind power into rotational energy is not new and has been permanently improved over time. The first wind turbines, based on the same principle as today`s wind engines, can be seen as the direct successors of windmills and were used for electricity generation as early as the 19th century. For 10 to 15 years and especially after resolving the "Energiewende", wind turbines have been a common sight in the German landscape, and their number is steadily increasing. In view of this, one may well ask whether this kind of technology still has any potential for innovation.

The multitude of news and publications about wind power published by BINE Information Service – Energy research for application shows that there is still much room for optimization in the field of wind turbines, and that scientists are aware of this. The most recent publication entitled "Laser supported remote diagnosis for rotor blades" is about laser beams being used from a distance of 1,000 m to measure the vibration of the wind turbines in order to identify maintenance needs. Wind power plays a key role in the "Energiewende": Particularly extensive uses of offshore or low mountain range wind power are major technical and logistical challenges engineers and technicians have to cope with. Wind turbines have not only been optimized with regard to rotor blades, but also with respect to maintenance, the assembly of offshore arrays, the better adjustment to geographical conditions, the controlling means, network integration, new materials, and harvest optimization.
This suggests that wind energy could in fact be an ideal field for researchers and developers.
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