After the positive developments of the first project period (see below), the second project period’s (2019-2021) aim is to consolidate the information services and to further develop them as a service infrastructure for the German Asia-related studies. A second important aspect is the opening of FID Asia to various national and international collaborations. With so-called satellite projects we agreed upon in the project application – projects in cooperation with the FID Asia but with separate applications – we will test how the FID Asia can be developed into an infrastructural service provider, e.g. for the use of the infrastructure within the scope of digitisation projects and activities to describe and enhance the images with metadata.
Field of Activity 1: Profiled collection development
Collection development will continuously serve disciplinary, inter- and transdisciplinary as well as transregional research topics with relation to Asia. Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin is responsible for the collection of material from and about East Asia, Central Asia and Southeast Asia. We will pay special attention to the countries of Southeast Asia in order to better meet the needs of the research community. We intend to expand our existing cooperation with the TIB Hannover – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology and University Library and with the ZBW Kiel – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics. In addition, closer cooperation is planned with the SUB Göttingen – Göttingen State and University Library with regard to collection development of literature in Uyghur and Mongolian languages. Heidelberg University Library is responsible for the region South Asia.
Field of Activity 2: Electronic publishing in Open Access – CrossAsia E-Publishing
To respond to the researcher’s needs and requirements, we will design the electronic publishing services even more flexible as well as demand- and service-oriented. Finally, tools and solutions for all aspects of the academic publication process will be available in Open Access.
Field of Activity 3: Optimisation of information services
We will continue to enhance the CrossAsia Search with new search areas and by cooperation with other institutions. At the same time, we will test a new, regionally structured access to the CrossAsia platform in order to make the contents with relevance to South Asia or Southeast Asia more prominent, visible and tangible.
Field of Activity 4: Development of the Integrated Text Repository (ITR) infrastructure for cooperative work
In addition to scaling-up the CrossAsia Integrated Text Repository’s (CrossAsia ITR) content with more data, we will further develop the ITR into an infrastructure for digitisation and cataloguing projects for both textual and non-textual resources, and in particular for images. The aim is to provide satellite projects the opportunity to test the infrastructure, for example, for descriptive cataloguing of their data.
Field of Activity 5: Research data
In response to the explicit request of the academic community, FID Asia will focus on the topic research data and will develop and establish an information and consulting service for Asia-related research data. We will address both questions of researchers in Asia-related studies concerning use and application of research data and national activities in the context of e.g. RADAR and DARIAH-DE, as well as the recommendations of the German Council for Scientific Information Infrastructures (RfII) for research data, research data management and data curating issues.
Field of Activity 6: Academic communication and public relations
Communication with researchers and public relations remains to be a central part of our work. The scientific advisory board will also continue to monitor and support our work in the second project period.
Field of Activity 7: Project management, organisation and strategic development
On the one hand, this field of activity will deal with the project-internal organisation and controlling. On the other we will develop strategies for maintaining and consolidating the services – including the infrastructure necessary for the operation (personnel and technical) of these services – as well as strategies for a revised, distributed organisational structure, which also includes additional agreements and cooperation with other institutions.