German National Library of Economics

The German National Library of Economics (ZBW) – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics is the world’s largest specialist library for economics, with locations in Kiel and Hamburg. The mission of the ZBW is to procure and supply economic information and literature nationally. The ZBW aims to offer its users comprehensive services that will facilitate efficient and effective utilisation of economics-specific information.

The German National Library of Economics procures economic literature and subject specific information from all over the world. The ZBW makes them available to users by interlibrary lending and document delivery as well as by local lending and uses them as the basis of its information services. The ZBW also engages in national and international projects to advance the development of new information services.

We stand for comprehensive information supply in economics through user-oriented services. Our services are based on competence, innovation and cooperation.

The ZBW became a member of DataCite in January 2011. Since 2011 the ZBW and GESIS – Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences have been operating the Registration agency for social and economic data da|ra in cooperation. Prior to the cooperation with the ZBW da|ra was developed by GESIS with the intention to offer a DOI registration service for data centres and research centres from the social sciences.

da|ra provides DOI registration services for German research data centres in the fields of social sciences and economics. Besides DOI name registration we operate a comprehensive metadata schema (compatible to DataCite MDS) to ensure proper citation, and in future peer review, of registered social and economic data.

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