The Forschungskompass is an innovative tool aimed at improving networking within mobility and transport research as well as the interdisciplinary exchange. The compass is based on openly available metadata on researchers and on their research output coming from various data sources. Using the compass can be done via the following search options:

  • Topics: The thematic visualization gives an overview of connections between research areas. To use this option, enter the topics you wish to get informations on. Researchers who have dealt with the topics will appear on form of a graph around these topics. Frequently used topics are graphically highlighted in contrast to rarer ones.This way, you will get a visual insight into the internal structure of a certain subject area.
  • Conferences: Examine a selected field of research on the basis of contributions to scientific conferences and related topics/keywords.
  • Locations: Find possible local cooperation partners and get an insight into the geographical distribution of certain research topics by searching through the location-based option. It is also possible to search directly for personal names.

The Forschungskompass thus enables cross-database, subject-specific searches for cooperation and network partners in the fields of mobility and transport without requiring additional data input by the researchers.

Data sources

The Forschungskompass currently includes professionally curated database sections from the following databases as data sources:

If you would like to suggest further data sources for the Forschungskompass, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Delimitation of content

The Forschungskompass is made for the search of persons whose research location is in Europe. It does not aim to catalogue research output or to explicitly present researchers. For this reason, it makes no claim to completeness of the contained information.

Technical implementation

The Forschungskompass is based on the open source software VIVO which provides the data as Linked Open Data (LOD) using various globally established ontologies and standardized data formats. On the one hand, this enables the use of an open and community-driven development of the data schema. On the other hand, the information is semantically explained and machine-readable without any further development services.


The Forschungskompass is developed by SLUB Dresden within the context of the Scientific Information Service for Mobility and Transport Research (

Contact: Stefan Wolff