The Alliance of German Science Organisations has established a priority initiative for digital information. The digital information initiative is focusing on six major areas: national licensing; open access; a national hosting strategy for electronic resources; primary research data; virtual research environments; and legal frameworks.

I am pleased to announce that Charles Beagrie Limited in association with Globale Informationstechnik GmbH have been awarded the consultancy on behalf of the Alliance for German Scientific Organisations to develop recommendations for a national hosting strategy for electronic resources in Germany.

Neil Beagrie will lead the consultancy with Prof Matthias Hemmje. Charles Beagrie Associates working on the project are Mary Auckland, Julia Chruszcz, Diana Leitch, Tery Morrow, and Najla Rettberg.