osmikon is the world's largest provider of specialized information on East and Southeast European Studies in the humanities and social sciences and offers a range of unique services for research and teaching.
osmikon is a joint project of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, the Collegium Carolinum, the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe - Institute of the Leibniz Association, the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS), and the Austrian National Library. It is the successor portal of the Virtual Library Eastern Europe (ViFaOst), an interdisciplinary regional portal for researchers and academics that was available from 2002 to 2018. osmikon continues the services of the ViFaOst and its content and technology is constantly being updated. It is also the portal of the Specialized Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies and is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).
osmikon combines a range of services for German research on Eastern and Southeast Europe. As part of its research service osmikonSEARCH, osmikon seeks to provide the most comprehensive directory of information resources available in Germany, as well as good availability and access facilities. The main aim of the portal is to provide users with fast electronic access—whether through open access availability and publication or through nationwide licensing.
Via osmikon you can:
- search a wide range of research literature and material in a large number of relevant library catalogs and special databases at the same time;
- search approx. 80,000 books and relevant journals;
- freely access paid digital source collections and databases;
- publish in open access format;
- keep up to date on new books in your FID library;
- submit purchase requests for literature that is difficult to obtain;
- digitize works in the public domain;
- archive web pages;
- acquire information about research data management;
- make use of a wide range of information relevant to the German East, East-Central, and Southeast European research community, and much more.