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FIZ Karlsruhe provides outstanding services for science and business

Highest rating upon completion of evaluation

Karlsruhe, August 2011 - FIZ Karlsruhe, an important information infrastructure organization in Germany, well known for its database services such as STN and its innovative eScience solutions, was recently evaluated by internationally recognized experts. The result of the evaluation is outstanding. It shows that FIZ Karlsruhe, a member of the Leibniz-Association, is a reliable and valuable partner for science and industry worldwide.

The Leibniz Association is a prestigious association of research and infrastructure institutes within Germany. On behalf of Germany's Joint Science Conference and the German federal and state governments, every member must undergo an objective evaluation, every seven years, concerning the organization's strategy, organizational strength and culture, operations, and financial strength. The evaluation is highly respected throughout Europe for its scientific independence and rigorous rules. The evaluation was managed by a distinguished international panel, which filed a report with the Leibniz Senate.

"On the whole, the institute's work is of very good and - in specific areas - of excellent quality, with internationally competitive products and services that meet the highest expectations with respect to currentness, IT quality, and customer service", the experts wrote. They also confirmed that FIZ Karlsruhe "provides outstanding services in applied research and the development of new methodologies."

"We are pleased that our work is judged to be very successful and that the evaluation testifies that we meet all of the requirements", comments Sabine Brünger-Weilandt, President & CEO of FIZ Karlsruhe. "Following the advice of the evaluation team, we will strengthen our commitment to applied research and development for assuring the high quality and competitiveness of our services, but also for opening up new possibilities for fostering young research talent. We are open to collaborate with universities within the scope of application-oriented research projects."

FIZ Karlsruhe will intensify its efforts to be engaged in policy discussions in Germany and on a European level about how to structure support for research in the area of information infrastructure.

About FIZ Karlsruhe FIZ Karlsruhe - Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure is a not-for-profit organization with the public mission to make sci-tech information from all over the world publicly available and to provide related services in order to support the national and international transfer of knowledge and the promotion of innovation. Our business areas: - STN International - the world's leading online service for research and patent information in science and technology - KnowEsis - innovative eScience solutions to support the process of research in all its stages, and throughout all scientific disciplines - Databases and Information Services - Databases and science portals in mathematics, computer science, crystallography, chemistry, and energy technology FIZ Karlsruhe is a member of the Leibniz Association (WGL) which consists of 87 German research and infrastructure institutions.

More information: FIZ Karlsruhe Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen Phone +49 7247 808-555; Fax +49 7247 808-259 helpdesk@fiz-karlsruhe.de; www.fiz-karlsruhe.de

Press contact: Rüdiger Mack Phone +49 72 47 808-513, Fax:+49 7247 808-134 Ruediger.Mack@fiz-karlsruhe.de

idw :: 05.08.2011