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With funding from the Ministry of Science and Health, Mainz University Library is participating in the development of the open-source software FOLIO, which offers an alternative to the commercial, cloud-based library management systems currently available. FOLIO offers the opportunity to develop tailor-made and needs-based solutions for metadata management, acquisition processes, management of electronic resources, lending, user administration, and software administration.
Together with its partner libraries in Hesse and supported with resources from the State of Rhineland-Palatinate’s Corona special fund, Mainz University Library will put FOLIO into operation over the next few years. It will replace the current library management system PICA.
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Cultural Heritage Portal
As part of its digital strategy the state of Rhineland-Palatinate has decided to set up a digital state portal on cultural heritage, via which digital copies of Rhineland-Palatinate's cultural heritage can be made available and showcased. The project, funded by the Ministry of Family Affairs, Women, Culture and Integration, intends to increase the scope, visibility and use of the cultural heritage of Rhineland-Palatinate and the institutions that preserve it, across disciplines. It also acts as a central access point to the digital and digitized cultural heritage from and related to Rhineland-Palatinate. To begin with, the portal forms two central functional pillars: on the one hand, a searchable stock of digital objects and metadata describing them of the various institutions, which can be faceted and searched according to different points of view and explored in different ways. By means of an overarching metadata schema, the digital objects from archives, museums, libraries and other cultural heritage institutions are aggregated, enriched and networked with each other. A platform for virtual exhibitions creates the opportunity to enable exciting access to this heterogeneous collection through thematic deep dives. In addition, the portal will act as an aggregator for supra-regional cultural heritage portals such as the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek and Europeana.
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Open Access Publishing
The German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) supports the development of Open Access in order to aid open and research-friendly communication in the sciences.
Via the DFG funding program “Open Access Publication Funding”, a fixed allowance for the Open Access publication of scientific results will be granted for the publication years 2022—2024. Open Access plays a pivotal role in improving scientific communication, and the publication costs should therefore be determined with regard to this. The main aim of this funding program is therefore to achieve structural adjustments in financial flows, thus enabling the transformation towards Open Access and improving transparency regarding the costs for Open Access publication of research results.
In the course of this development, DFG calls for centralized management of publication resources at the library as a central location and for the establishment of structures to be able to determine the number and costs of publications as automatically and standardized as possible.
To reduce costs and to simplify administrative processes for scientists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and University Medical Center Mainz, the University Library participates in contracts with numerous publishers. An overview of the contracts as well as the current funding conditions can be found on our Open Access page.
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Collection Showcase – A New Presentation Venue for the University Collections at Mainz University Library
The Mainz Science Foundation is funding the purchase of a total of three large-format display cases for the JGU collections. With around 30 research and teaching collections JGU Mainz has a fascinating variety of scientific objects. These include fossils millions of years old, manuscripts of German Romanticism, Paleolithic tools, recordings of African music, medical instruments, casts of ancient Egyptian sculptures, mathematical models, hymnals from the 17th century and much more.
The collections are primarily used for research and teaching, which is why they are rarely open to the public. For the first time, Mainz University Library is making it possible for the University Library to present its collections together and permanently on campus.
The collection showcase and the associated AMA Lounge will be open to the public from winter semester 2023/24 in the transition area between ZB and GFG.
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BMBF research project KOSTIMA
The research project "Contrahegemonic Voices in Music Archives" (KOSTIMA): Political readings, contextualizations, contemporary references" (funding code 01UQ2304A) is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in the funding line "Networking – Indexing – Researching. Alliance for University Collections II". The joint project is coordinated by the University Library of JGU Mainz and plans to catalog and research the collections of the Archive for African Music (AMA) in Mainz, the European Center for Jewish Music (EZJM) in Hanover, and the Center for World Music (CWM) in Hildesheim. Central to the investigation of the musical archive material is the question of the counter-hegemonic messages contained therein and their location in social contexts.
The focus of the Mainz sub-project is on song lyrics of Congolese music from the AMA. These reflect a period of diverse political upheaval in the Congo under the authoritarian regime of President Mobutu. The perspective of a wide variety of artists handed down here includes various forms of subtle political communication that are often hidden and encoded – and have not yet been analyzed in detail. This is where the project comes in, using cognitive and structural linguistic methods to investigate strategies for inscribed political content into song lyrics and their intertextuality. Central to the ethnomusical-African sub-project is the question of the extent to which social reality and politics are not only depicted in texts by Congolese artists, but also how these texts also indirectly and subversively shape politics and how overarching social dynamics are implicitly interwoven through texts.
The research results will be published open-access and communicated to the general public via multilingual scrollytelling and a travelling exhibition.
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In the "VORsprung"project, a digital preparation program is being developed that enables prospective students to prepare for STEM studies in Germany in their home country. The program is aimed at international school graduates with German language skills at the level of a DSD II (or equivalent) who do not have a direct university entrance qualification for Germany.
"VORsprung" can be completed regardless of time and place and responds to the individual needs of the learners. In addition to linguistic and technical content (mathematics, computer science, physics, chemistry), the teaching of cultural aspects and preparatory measures play an important role. Specially trained tutors are on hand to assist the learners.
The Centre for Audiovisual Production (ZAP) takes over the production of the course media and supports the media-didactic conception.
Funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds from the German Federal Foreign Office (AA).
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GDR Psych — GDR Past and Mental Health: Risk and protective factors
In this research project, which is led by the Mainz University Medical Center, the Center for Audiovisual Production (ZAP) is responsible for its own sub-project on science communication. The research question of the joint project addresses the differences and similarities in the mental health of East and West Germans. The aim is to be able to make differentiated statements about the effects of the GDR system on mental health.
The sub-project Science Communication aims to make the scientific processes and the results of analyses comprehensible to a broad public.
Participants: Mainz University Medical Center (project leader), German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), Robert Koch Institute (RKI), University of Greifswald, Leipzig University Hospital, and ZAP in cooperation with the Department of Journalism at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU).
Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
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