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Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
Since 2009, the Bavarian State Library has been building an open access repository (OstDok – Osteuropa-Dokumente online) for East European Studies together with three of Germany’s major non-university research institutions in the field: the Collegium Carolinum in Munich, the Herder-Institut in Marburg, and the Institute for East and Southeast European Studies in Regensburg. The repository is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Its aims are to provide scholars worldwide with fast and free full text access to publications, to provide them with up-to-date search facilities, to promote open access, and also to enhance greater visibility of German research on Eastern Europe across the disciplines worldwide. The repository consists of four sections: digitized publications printed after World War II and still protected by copyright, born digital publications published primarily on OstDok (but mostly with creative commons license agreements) including primary research data, born digital publications published primarily elsewhere, and copyright free digitized publications from the Bavarian State Library. Currently the repository contains more than 3,000 mainly German language books, series and journals published by well-known authors and institutions. The repository is located at www.ostdok.de.