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DREAM (Digital Research Mining)


As part of the DREAM project, a mobile application is being developed that simplifies the search for scientific open access publications and suggests suitable new content. Our target audience are mostly researchers and students who are looking for scientific content, are producing such content themselves or who intend to network more closely in their working environment. Easy-to-understand teasers will allow interested readers such as journalists, representatives of NGOs, politicians and entrepreneurs to inform themselves  on certain scientific topics, and the state of research.

DREAM is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and carried out by the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) and the Research Center for Information Technology (FZI).

What are the goals?



Recommendations on a research topic

A suggestion algorithm and topic-specific filter settings combined with automated classification enable efficient and explorative research.

Presenting newest publications

A personalised list of newest publications is compiled on the basis of a user’s interests and professional relevance.

Networking with researchers from your environment

Targeted filter settings support the search for experts at a certain location.

Which features distinguish the app?


Browse for content intuitively.

The user interface is based on the self-explanatory swipe principle, which enables efficient and explorative search in a large stock of content.

Recommendation algorithm.

An intelligent recommendation algorithm shows less visible, but thematically related content that complies with the users interests.


The main results of a research output are presented in short, easy-to-understand summaries and small illustrations that allow the content to be skimmed quickly.

More Content.

Search for less visible and less frequently cited scientific content, for example student’s final papers, project reports and slide decks.  


One’s own publications, and those of other authors, can be annotated with additional information that will be publicly available.

What other benefits does the app entail?

Easier publishing.

Authors will be supported by the publication of new content on external platforms.

Find experts quickly.

Experts with relevant expertise will be identified at a certain location.

More accessible science.

This project is part of the BMBF Open Access Strategie and contributes with its functions to improving visibility and dissemination of open accessible scientific content.


Duration2 years: 2018-2019
SponsorsThis project is supported by The Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF)Forschungszentrum Informatik (FZI). is our project partner.



Nataliia Sokolovska

Head of Research Programme: Knowledge & Society

Part of the research programme

Former employees

Journal articles and conference proceedings

Sokolovska N., Burmeister R. (2019). Pocket Library for Open Content: Untapping the Potential of Green Open Access for Research. Open Science Fair. Publication details

Sokolovska, N. (2018). DREAM – Digital REseArch Mining: pocket library for open content. Open Access in Berlin/Brandenburg 2018. Publication details

Other publications

Lectures and presentations

The pocket library for open content : improving the discoverability of OA research
Scholarly Communication Conference. University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom: 03.05.2019 Further information

Nataliia Sokolovska