The Max Planck Society supports two scientific information retrieval services (IVS), one for the fields biology and medicine (IVS-BM in Martinsried) and another one for the fields chemistry, physics, and technology (IVS-CPT in Stuttgart).
The main topics of both offices are research evaluation using newest methods and indicators as well as aquisition and evaluation of scientific information. The service duties are always combined with the current knowledge of information and evaluation research so that the best possible methodology is employed. The research evaluations mainly consist of publication and citation analyses in cooperation with the general headquarters and the Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL). These research-political analyses are requested by the management level (president, directors, committees) of the Max Planck Society. Different aggregation levels from individual persons, via research groups to the point of world-wide subject areas are analyzed.
In Stuttgart, existing indicators and methods are improved and new ones are developed (bibliometrics, scientometrics) in cooperation with the general headquarters and the MPDL. The permanent discussion with world-wide connected researchers ensures that suitable criteria for research evaluation are further improved. Additional service offers consist of literature search with the requirement of completeness as well as support for patent searches in special databases (STN).
In Martinsried, retrieval courses and data mining are emphasized in addition to research evaluation. Max Planck employees are trained with brochures and webinars to use standard literature databases on their own. New programs for examination of larger amounts of data are tested and made known to the scientists.