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Ralf Schimmer

Max Planck Digital Library
Head of Scientific Information Provision
As Head of Scientific Information Provision at the Max Planck Digital Library in Munich, Germany, Dr Schimmer is responsible for licensing strategy and a broad range of Open Access and other innovative information services supporting the researchers of the over 80 advanced research institutes of the Max Planck Society. A thought leader in the Open Access movement, he is a frequent co-organizer of the Berlin conferences on Open Access and is the lead negotiator for the Max Planck Society in a number of ground-breaking license agreements that are paving the way to Open Access. He chaired the Governing Council of SCOAP3, the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics 2014-2016, and is project manager for ‘Open Access 2020’, the global Open Access transformation initiative. He also serves on a variety of national and international committees and is a frequent member of the library advisory boards of publishers.