The digitization of the publication process and the rapid pace of technological and economic developments have created a flood of information on an unprecedented scale. The individual as well as the entire national economy are faced with the challenge to pick important and essential information out of the extraordinarily heterogeneous and un-structured pool of information.
The work of the Fachinformationszentrum Technik e.V (FIZ) therefore focuses on the qualified documentation of technical-scientific literature in the areas of Electrical Engineering and Electronics, Power Engineering, Machinery and Plant, Materials, Textile and Vehicle Construction, Management and Organization as well as Mining. FIZ Technik thus contributes to the support of research and science as well as to the maintenance of the capability of the German industry to be innovative. FIZ Technik is the German national centre for the documentation of techno-scientific information.
In order to fulfil this task, FIZ Technik stores about 120,000 documents annually – consisting of a summary, bibliographical information and detailed descriptor assignment – and puts them into a database where they are easily accessible. The relevant German and English literature – journal articles, conference proceedings, research reports and dissertations – is taken into account.
In the area of engineering FIZ Technik is the second largest international database producer after Engineering Index, New York. The data pool, which is electronically accessible, dates back to 1967 and comprises 3.631 million documents in spring 2006.
For about 30 years FIZ Technik has provided designing engineers in industry but also research institutions and universities in German-speaking countries with relevant specialized information.
FIZ Technik consists of the non-profit organization FIZ Technik e.V., which is partially funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour and the industry, and FIZ-Technik-Inform GmbH, which is the sales division of the company. It is located in Frankfurt on Main and Hannover and employs about 50 members of staff.