Information Gateways

The BBF cooperates regarding the provision of portals in the area of educational research and history which comprise diverse information services, e.g. reviews, reference databases, directories of institutions and current information and announcements. (Platform for Research on the Historical of Education)

The transinstitutional platform for research on the history of education in German-speaking counties gives an introduction to digital resources (source collections, research data and instruments) and serves as a guide to scientific publications (currently reviews and the Jahrbuch für Bildungshistorische Forschung (=Yearbook for Historical Research on Education)). It includes also a column commenting on current developments, phenomena and events from the perspective of the history of education.

As a platform for the community of educational historians, it invites active participation by submitting contributions. Technical and editorial responsibility lies with the BBF.

Schularchive-Wiki (School Archives Wiki)

The aim of the BBF's Schularchive-Wiki is to

  1. provide educational historians with a central guide to information on individual schools in German-speaking areas and to historical materials on their history and where they are located.
  2. present archives with school history materials as well as school history collections (e.g. school museums) and their holdings.

For this purpose, general information on individual schools as well as relevant literature on them and the locations of school history archival materials and other artefacts (e.g. teaching and teaching materials) are listed along with their holdings.

As a Citizen Science project, anyone can participate in the Schularchive Wiki, supplement information on individual schools or add locations of sources and their holdings.


German Education Portal (Fachportal Pädagogik)

The German Education Portal (Fachportal Pädagogik) targets educational researchers, educational scientists and subject didactics. It offers access to

  • Scientific literature with an integrated search space and links to digitized full texts (including Open Access publications),
  • Empirical educational research data and research instruments;
  • Relevant research information for communities in the discipline.

The three areas above are interlinked, they can be searched across the portal and they are enriched with further relevant information (e.g. calendar of events).

The German Education Portal is run by the Information Center for Education of DIPF (IZB) with many partners, including the BBF.

German Education Portal

Clio-online (Gateway for the Historical Sciences)

Clio-online is the gateway for historical science in the German-speaking area. It comprises communication and information, particularly by providing the service H-Soz-u-Kult with reviews, news postings, conference reports and job advertisements, indexes of historical science websites, institutions and persons acting in the field. Furthermore, the Clio Guide serves as a guidebook on digital resources in the area of history.

The BBF participated in setting up the service, and it is a member of the association for maintaining and supporting it, "Clio-online – Historisches Fachinformationssystem e.V.".