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IWF gGmbH i.L.’s Media Transferred to German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB)

IWF Wissen und Medien gGmbH (IWF Knowledge and Media) ceased operating on 31 December 2010, and has been in liquidation since 1 January 2011. In the course of the winding-up procedure, IWF gGmbH’s media stock was transferred to the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) in Hannover at the end of November 2012. If legally possible, TIB shall ensure that the media will remain accessible for research and teaching purposes in the future.


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IWF Knowledge and Media was founded in 1956 as the "Institute for Scientific Film" non-profit Co. Ltd., Göttingen, by the states of the Federal Republic of Germany. To produce, document and distribute audiovisual media for purposes of research and teaching in the public interest was its original task.

At the end of the 1990s a shift in its content focus occurred from a production- to a transfer-oriented media service provider for science.

IWF supported teaching and research via acquisition, evaluation, editing and making available of audio-visual knowledge media and contributed to the enhancement of media competence via teaching, courses, events and consulting. IWF contributed to the improvement of media use in teaching and research and participated in media research having an application- or user-orientation.

Pursuant to a decision of the Federal / State Commission for Education Planning and Research Support (BLK) dating from October 2007, IWF Knowledge and Media gGmbH is closing on December 31st, 2010.