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Vice-President for Digital Transformation and Infrastructure
Professor Norbert Lossau

Professor Norbert Lossau has been Vice-President for Digital Transformation and Infrastructure at the University of Göttingen in a full-time capacity since 1 July 2013. In 2018, the University Senate elected him for a second term, which runs until 2027. Norbert Lossau already held the role as Vice-President, in addition to other academic roles, from January 2013.

Sekretariat und Referent

Dorothee Faust
Büro des Vizepräsidenten für Digitalisierung und Infrastrukturen

Tel. 0551 39-21021
Fax 0551 39-18-21021

Dr. Benedikt Vogel
Persönlicher Referent des Vizepräsidenten für Digitalisierung und Infrastrukturen

Tel. 0551 39-21053
Fax 0551 39-18-21053

Academic and professional career

Since 2013 Vice-President for Infrastructures (since 2020 Digital Transformation and Infrastructure)
Since 2011 Honorary Professor at Humboldt-Universität Berlin/Institute of Library and Information Science
2006 – 2013 Director, Göttingen State and University Library
2002 – 2006 Director, Bielefeld University Library (since 2005 additionally CIO Scientific Information)
2001 – 2002 Founding Director of the Oxford Digital Library, University of Oxford, UK
1996 – 2001 Research Associate, Academic Advisor and Senior Advisor, Göttingen State and University Library
1994 – 1996 Traineeship Academic Librarian, Göttingen/Cologne
1991 Doctorate (PhD) at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Göttingen, subject: „Die deutschen Petöfi-Übersetzungen. Ungarische Realien-Bezeichungen im sprachlich-kulturellen Vergleich.” (CRC 309, „Die literarische Übersetzung“)
1984 – 1988 Research assistant at the Finno-Ugric Seminar of the University of Göttingen
1988 – 1994 Study of Finno-Ugric languages and literature as well as Scandinavian studies at the University of Göttingen; degree: Magister Artium

Management and committee responsibilities

Since 2019 Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, Advisor
2018 – 2020 Working Group “Rahmenbedingungen datenintensiver Wissenschaft“, Wissenschaftsrat
2016 – 2020 “Open Science Policy Platform” of the EC, on behalf of the European University Association (EUA)
Since 2015 EUA Expert Group “Science 2.0 / Open Science” on behalf of the German Rectors’ Conference
Since 2014 Project Leader for the new German “Rat für Informationsinfrastrukturen” (Council on Information Infrastructures) Office, on behalf of the Joint Science Conference (GWK)
Since 2014 Chair of the Lower Saxony Regional Rectors Conference Working Group on “Information Infrastructures / Digitisation”
2012 – 2013 Working Group on Data Infrastructures of the G8 + O5-states (on invitation of the EC)
Since 2010 Permanent Committee ‘Digitisation’ of the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK)
2010 – 2015 Committee on Scientific Library Services and information Systems (AWBI) of the German Research Foundation, DFG (2014-2015 Chair)
2010 – 2014 Founding Board Member of the Göttingen Centre for Digital Humanities (GCDH)
2009 – 2015 Board of the international Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) (Founding Chairman)
2008 – 2016 Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation Advisory Committee

Topics of expertise

  • Strategies for digitization & data science
  • Information and research infrastructures
  • e-research
  • open access
  • scholarly/scientific communication

Top Publications (selection)

2014 | Journal Article
Auf dem Weg zur Neuausrichtung der überregionalen Informationsservice
Eckelmann, S.; Lossau, N. & Nolte-Fischer, H.-G. (2014)
Zeitschrift für Bibliothekswesen und Bibliographie, 61(1) pp. 005-010.
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2013 | Book | Monograph
Evolution der Informationsinfrastruktur – Kooperation zwischen Bibliothek und Wissenschaft
Neuroth, H.; Lossau, N. & Rapp, A. (HRSG.) (2013)
Göttingen: Universitätsverlag Göttingen.
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2012 | Journal Article
An Overview of Research Infrastructures in Europe – and Recommendations to LIBER
Lossau, N. (2012)
LIBER Quarterly - The Journal of European Research Libraries, 21(3/4) pp. 313-329.

2011 | Journal Article
Virtuelle Forschungsumgebungen und die Rolle von Bibliotheken
Lossau, N. (2011)
Zeitschrift für Buch- und Bibliothekswesen, 58(3-4) pp. 154-163.

2011 | Journal Article
DRIVER: building a sustainable infrastructure for global repositories
Peters, D.& Lossau, N. (2011)
The Electronic Library, 29(2) pp. 249-260.

2006 | Journal Article
Weiterentwicklung der Infrastruktur für wissenschaftliche Information im digitalen Zeitalter
Lossau, N. (2006)
Wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift der Technischen Universität Dresden, 55(1-2).

2006 | Journal Article
Die Vernetzung europäischer Wissensspeicher
Lossau, N. & Horstmann, W. (2006)
Bibliothek Forschung und Praxis, 30(3) pp. 350-352.
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2005 | Book Chapter
Does eScience Need Digital Libraries?
Sumner, T.; Heery, R.; Hunter, J.; Lossau, N. & Wright, M. (2005)
In: Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries: 9th European Conference, ECDL 2005, Vienna, Austria, September 18-23, 2005 pp. 475-476.
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2004 | Journal Article
Search engine technology and digital libraries: Libraries need to discover the academic internet
Lossau, N. (2004)
D-Lib Magazine, 10(6).
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