The German Education Server and the German Education Portal offer fundamental information on nearly all aspects of education in Germany. The two information portals are part of the same technical and content network. They offer different stakeholders entryways into the integrated data pool of the Information Center for Education, tailored to their specific interests.
German Education Server
As the central guide to information on the German education system on the web, the German Education Server (Deutscher Bildungsserver, DBS) offers all interested parties curated information collections, systematic directories and thematic dossiers as well as official federal and state documents. The scope covered by the portal encompasses all levels of education from early childhood education and care to primary and secondary education, vocational education and training, adult education-/continuing education and higher education, science and educational research. These subject areas are complemented by general information on the education system and cross-sectional topics such as special needs education and social pedagogy, media education, worldwide education and intercultural education. Eduserver, the English language version of the DBS, provides access and background information regarding the German education system and its international context.
German Education Portal
The German Education Portal (Fachportal Pädagogik) offers users access to scientific literature, research data and instruments as well as collections of information regarding research on the history of education. Its services mainly address professionals in educational research and practice, and those interested in educational science. At its centre is German Education Index (FIS Bildung), a bibliographical database that makes available comprehensive references to all areas of education, and the pedocs, a platform for the publication of Open Access publications.
The German Education Server is jointly funded by the federal government (Bund) and the federal states (Länder) of Germany; it collaborates closely with a large number of portals and institutions relevant in education. The co-ordinating office of the German Education Server is situated at DIPF and delivers its service in co-operation with the Institute for Media in Education (Institut für Film und Bild in Wissenschaft und Unterricht).
The German Education Portal is edited and maintained by the Information Center for Education at DIPF. Together with the German Education Server, the German Education Portal represents a developmental association. From an interdisciplinary perspective, the portal co-operates with related academic disciplines, i. e. psychology, social sciences, and economics. The German Education Index, has been maintained by the Information Center for Education and its partner institutions in a joint venture labeled “Fis Bildung”, since 1994 – it is continually updated and enhanced.