By “information infrastructure” we mean the entire set of content, technologies, methods, processes, and associated services that make it possible to generate, distribute, and maintain knowledge. The information infrastructure is part of the research infrastructure; it is becoming increasingly important in the course of the digital transformation of science.
With our activities, we contribute significantly to the information infrastructure: We provide information to researchers in science and industry worldwide. To this end, we develop very large volumes of patent and research information from a wide variety of sources. For precise research and intelligent analysis of these data, we develop and operate innovative information services and e-research solutions, e.g. for research data management and digital preservation.
We advise our customers so that they can use our services competently and efficiently.
The first priority for us is the quality of our services. In order to maintain and further develop their high level, we conduct research with a focus on new methods of text and data mining and semantic analysis.
Our unique selling proposition: We are a large company in the SME sector and generate significant revenues on the international information market with our products and services. We combine the neutrality, independence and reliability of a public institution with the professionalism of a service provider who has been internationally successful for decades. We see ourselves as a partner for science, industry and politics.
Our public mission is to provide scientists and researchers all over the globe with scientific information, to develop the appropriate products and services, and to conduct applied research. Accordingly, we are dedicated to strengthening knowledge transfer in Germany and abroad, fostering innovation, and supporting collaboration in science and research.
Current PDF version of the Articles of Association
FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure is committed to the basic principles of sustainability: the responsible treatment of employees and material resources. In this sense, we manage our institute and company in accordance with the recommendations of the PCGK (section 5.5). We have been applying the Public Corporate Governance Code (PCGK) of the German federal government since 2010. It contains the most important provisions in accordance with internationally and nationally recognized standards of good and responsible, and thus also sustainable, corporate governance. Once a year, the Supervisory Board and the Management jointly submit the Corporate Governance Report.
Our guiding principles:
Sustainability in organizational development: sustainable development, i.e. development that is effective in the longer term, in structures, procedures and control processes
Sustainability in research and development processes: We research, develop and operate methods, processes and services for a sustainable information infrastructure. We treat the environment and its resources with care.
Sustainability of human resources management: equal opportunities, appreciation of diversity, and compatibility of work and caring responsibilities.
Sustainability management in the operation of buildings and infrastructures as well as with regard to procurement and mobility.
An important step towards sustainable corporate development was realized with the company agreement "Future Work". Employees have the option of working up to 80 percent of their working hours on a mobile basis. In this way, we promote and support the compatibility of work, family, and caring duties, and at the same time contribute to reducing environmentally harmful emissions caused by commuting to work. Since 2016, FIZ Karlsruhe has been certified by the "berufundfamilie" audit.
The topic of "sustainability management in the operation of buildings and infrastructures, procurement, and mobility" continues to accompany us: In 2022, we fundamentally revised our procurement regulations and expanded them to include important sustainability aspects. We have also developed further in terms of mobility and since 2022 have offered the option of leasing bicycles via FIZ Karlsruhe.
FIZ Karlsruhe has created the function of a sustainability officer in its organizational structure as of January 1, 2023, and has established a separate position in the management staff for this purpose. The sustainability officer will develop a sustainability concept tailored to FIZ Karlsruhe and develop and continuously support the corresponding strategy for implementation in everyday work. Internally, she will act as the central contact person on the subject of sustainability and will be responsible for sustainability reporting at the corporate level.
The goal is to firmly anchor the idea of sustainability at FIZ Karlsruhe and to establish it as a decisive decision-making criterion in all processes and projects.
FIZ Karlsruhe has created the function of a sustainability officer in its organizational structure as of January 1, 2023.
The Shareholders Representative Board decides, among other things, on the approval of the annual financial account, the selection and appointment of the auditor as well as the appointment and dismissal of the President & CEO and the Supervisory Board.
FIZ Karlsruhe is one of the institutes of the Leibniz Association. The Leibniz Association connects 97 independent research institutions that range in focus from the natural, engineering and environmental sciences via economics, spatial and social sciences to the humanities. Leibniz Institutes address issues of social, economic and ecological relevance.
Good scientific practice
FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure has anchored integrity as a value in its mission statement. As a scientifically working institution, we consider scientific integrity and good scientific practice a responsibility of both our institute and all our employees - and we undertake to comply with the corresponding standards. Our guideline is intended as an institute-specific specification of the "Leibniz Code of Good Scientific Practice" and the "Guideline for Good Scientific Practice within the Leibniz Association".
On 19th June 2023 Dr. Diana Dimitrova was elected as ombudsperson, Dr. Heike Fliegl as her deputy.
Dr. Diana Dimitrova
Telefon +49 7247 808-154 diana.dimitrova [at] fiz-karlsruhe.de (diana[dot]dimitrova[at]fiz-karlsruhe[dot]de)
Dr. Heike Fliegl
Telefon +49 7247 808-439 heike.fliegl [at] fiz-karlsruhe.de (heike[dot]fliegl[at]fiz-karlsruhe[dot]de)
Open Access Policy
Open Access stands for unrestricted and free access to quality-assured scientific information on the Internet. By removing technical, financial and legal barriers, Open Access helps to accelerate scientific innovation processes and improve the visibility of research results.
We encourage our scientists to publish research results in accordance with the Open Access principle.
Research data are data generated in the course of scientific projects, e.g., through observations, experiments, simulations, surveys, interviews, source research, recordings, digitization, evaluations. Algorithms and (research) software are also included. Research data management begins with the planning of a project and ends only after the deletion of the data after an appropriate holding period.
Where legally and ethically possible, research data should be published in suitable repositories and offered for subsequent use for reasons of transparency, traceability, and connectivity of research. FIZ Karlsruhe supports the FAIR and CARE principles in this regard.
Corruption can cause considerable financial and intangible damage in companies and public institutions alike. This is hardly measurable and has a major impact. Preventing and combating corruption is therefore a high priority. The federal government's "Public Corporate Governance Code" (PCGK) emphasizes the prevention of corruption as a central task of management. The application of the PCGK is stipulated in the articles of association of FIZ Karlsruhe.
Since June 2013, FIZ Karlsruhe has had its own anti-corruption guideline. It is the basis for the protection and sensitization of all employees and at the same time a guide to action and assistance in combating corruption. An anti-corruption officer was already appointed as a central contact in April 2012.