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Since 1949, DFG-funded special subject collection libraries (SSG-libraries) have guaranteed a Germany-wide literature supply strategy in which they acquire as many worldwide publications in their subject area as possible. The selection, acquisition, saving and archiving of documents with scientific relevance that are freely available on the Internet has been an additional part of SSG-library collection activities since 2008.
The University Library Johann Christian Senckenberg in Frankfurt am Main is the DFG-funded SSG-library for "biology, botany, zoology" (SSG 12). In Germany, it is the library with the most comprehensive holdings of biological literature.
The University Library is also responsible for the “Virtual Library of Biology – vifabio”. vifabio’s partners include, amongst others, the Verband Biologie, Biowissenschaften und Biomedizin (Association for Biology, Biosciences and Biomedicine in Germany, VBIO), the Library of the Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum (BGBM) Berlin-Dahlem and the Senckenberg German Entomological Institute Müncheberg (SDEI). Show all partners
vifabioDOC is vifabio’s subject repository. vifabioDOC is, in the long run, intended to be the repository for digital documents from all sub-disciplines of biology.
vifabioDOC publications are integrated into vifabio’s Virtual Catalogue (a virtual, biological, online union catalogue) and thus is visible in a prominent location in the information supply; the publications are also quickly available over many further search engines on the World Wide Web.
Every document on vifabioDOC is uniquely identifiable with a URN (Uniform Resource Name). The University Library works with the German National Library, which coordinates the URN system for Germany and provides services which makes unequivocal and rapid retrieval of documents possible, even after a change in internet address.