Leibniz in Africa


Electronic Resources

Please check out the manifold electronic resources that are intended to support your research activities:


Leibniz Roadmap for Research Infrastructures

Research infrastructures are central resources which make science possible and open up new questions. In this way they drive progress and bring dynamism to the scientific system. With its internal strategy process, the Leibniz Association has highlighted the significance of decentralized as well as medium to small-sized research infrastructures and their work, which do not always find mention in the national and international debate. Information infrastructures, major data-recording projects for social data, panels and cohorts, scientific collections as well as social research infrastructures guarantee innovative science both within and outside of the Leibniz Association.

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Research Infrastructures: in the service of science

Top scientists and researchers rely on high-quality scientific infrastructures. These include information infrastructures to manage all kinds of content (data, objects, media), research-based services, resources such as data or archive collections, and social infrastructures, such as conference and meeting centres. Numerous Leibniz institutions specialise entirely or partially in providing such scientific infrastructures.

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The digital transformation is changing academia at a dramatic pace. In order to effectively utilise its inherent opportunities, this change must be managed as thoroughly as possible. Here the far-reaching use and processing of research data within the academic epistemological process is of fundamental importance to academia and innovation. Identifying digital research data as one of the most precious of resources, and safeguarding them, storing them for the long term and making them available to others, is therefore one of academia’s key tasks. “LeibnizData” pools the Leibniz Association’s responses to the demands of making pioneering use of research data. Working across the different disciplines, the expertise network provides data-management services and the requisite research-data infrastructures.

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LeibnizOpen offers central access to openly available digital publications authored by Leibniz Association researchers. The platform records Open Access publications authored by researchers at all Leibniz institutions and makes the associated full texts directly available. It thus reflects the entire range of topics and types of publications that are generated through research and teaching within the Leibniz Association.

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African Plants - a photo guide

More than 6000 plant species are documented in Senckenberg's photo guide to the African flora and can be identified by an integrated multy-entry identification key based on selected morphological traits. The photo guide complements traditional floras and is presently the largest resource of well-determined plant photos in Africa.

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West African Vegetation database

The West African Vegetation database holds vegetation plot data from West Africa (and other parts of Tropical Africa). It is a collaborative database with data holders from West Africa and Europe. Data may be kept private, shared with other account holders or made available to the general public. In the latter case, records are also shared with  the Global Biodiversity Information facility (GBIF), to which our database is one of the largest contributors in the region.

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