- URN Strategy
The German National Library is pursuing the goal of creating the foundations for co-operative, usable conventions for managing and resolving URNs. The fundamental
requirements and general conditions are formulated in the <Uniform Resource Name (URN) - Strategy> (November 2003)
- Object types
Since September 2001 the German National Library has administered URNs within the namespace <NBN>
for the following range of digital content:
- online theses and dissertations (Summary, Detailed description)
- online publications from publishers and other issuers, which are intended to be archived at the German National Library (FAQ)
- objects which will be administered on certified document servers. (FAQ)
- Technical transfer interfaces
Projects (funded by BMBF)
Service Center for Libraries in Baden-Württemberg (BSZ)
- Activities: Establishment of a URN Mirror
In order to guarantee high technical availability of the established services and to achieve high performance, a URN mirror is under development at the
BSZ in co-operation with the German National Library.
Swiss National Library (SLB)
- Co-operation with the German National Library
In the framework of the EPICUR project the German National Library co-operates with the Swiss National Library
(SLB, project e-Helvetica) and the
Austrian National Library (ANL) to establish a common URN (NBN) service.
- Uniform Resource Name (URN) concept
In 2003 the SLB has published a URN concept.
The document explains the term URN and describes the concept of the URN structure and assignment in the SLB.
Online Publication network of the
Stuttgart Area (OPUS)
- What is OPUS?
The collection and bibliographic indexing of electronic full-texts with relevance for research and education
within the interregional area is an objective, which has been realised by means of the freely available
document management system OPUS.
- URN administration
OPUS 2.0 opens the functionality to assign URNs for online theses and dissertations and to automatically generate
a meta data message to the German National Library.
The implementation of a comprehensive URN administration by means of OAI 2.0 is announced for the
OPUS version 3.0, which will be available by the end of 2004.
Open Access of Scientific Literature Online
(Karlsruher Virtueller Katalog) (OASE)
What is OASE?
Many universities run institutional repositories containing theses, research reports and other publications.
OASE allows to search the bibliographical data of the most important document servers in Germany and abroad.
It uses Karlsruhe's virtual catalog technology developed by the university library.
OASE is a free service of the university library Karlsruhe
set up to demonstrate the benefits of open access for scientists.
URN Search functionality
Since February 2004 URNs has been searchable within OASIS. This was realised
by means of the implementation of a separate search field. URNs can be resolved to the document directly as well as to a URL list.