About the project

The development of the database Lituanistika is financed by the European Union Structural Funds and State funds. Since 2006, the Research Council of Lithuanian (RCL) has prepared four projects. For the current period of 2016−2021, the RCL has signed the Financing Agreement with the European Social Fund Agency (ESFA) and is implementing the project “The Development of the Database Lituanistika”(09.3.3-ESFA-V-711-01-0002). The project is implemented under the implementing measure “Strengthening the Capacity of Scientists and Other Researchers” of the priority axis 9 “Educating the Society and Strengthening the Potential of Human Resources” of the Operational Programme for the European Union Funds’ Investments in 2014–2020. The need for the project was declared by the Decree of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania No. 1372 of 14 November 2012 “On the Approval of Directions of the Lithuanian Studies Research Development 2012-2020” and the order of the Minister of Education and Research of the Republic of Lithuania No. V-395 of 10 May 2013 “On the Approval of the Plan of the Implementation Measures for Directions of the Lithuanian Studies Research Development 2012−2020.”.

In the above-mentioned documents, a strategic priority is given to the Lithuanian research and studies, which address the key challenges related to the development of the national identity and the development of the nation; emphasize the factor contributing to the quality of the Lithuanian research, i.e. an effective system of peer review of scientific works, clarification of evaluation criteria, and highly qualified experts. Emphasis is also placed on modern infrastructure: the dissemination of data by modern means and a well-functioning open access database, which ensures opportunities for Lithuanian material to enter into a national and international academic space, the international dissemination of research results and a wider international and national visibility for authors of research.

Project objectives:

  • To accumulate and disseminate information (also ensure its long-term storage) on research production in Humanities and Social Sciences published in Lithuanian and abroad in various languages, which focuses on the past and present of the State of Lithuania, its society and culture, the Lithuanian nation and language (as a part of the world’s knowledge);
  • To implement the criteria for research work quality assessment, to form high research work quality as a goal per se and develop the self-esteem of research work quality.

Over more than ten years, the database Lituanistika (hereinafter – LDB) has become a well-functioning open access infrastructure of results and dissemination of the research in the field of Lithuanian studies, which plays an increasingly important role in the international scientific cyberspace and science policy.


Main works and results of the project in 2007−2018

  • The development of the database. In the database, users can find more than 62 thousand records of publications in the field of Lithuanian studies and read over 40 thousand open access full texts. The RCL has a total of 33 License Agreements with Lithuanian publishers. 238 journals and 89 books are licensed for open access in accordance with the RCL and publishers agreements. More than 45 thousand summaries have been prepared and translated. The database also contains over 705 thousand cited books and articles.
  • Qualitative evaluation system of publications. The aim of the experts’ evaluation is to select high quality works in Humanities and Social Sciences in the field of Lithuanian studies. A positive assessment means that works will be added to the database Lituanistika.
    • Methods and criteria for selecting publications for the database are established by the Expert Council of the Project. There are two methods used for evaluation: expert evaluation and regulative evaluation. The aim of the expert evaluation is to access the quality of a publication in the field of Lithuanian studies (the assessment is based on the general quality assessment criteria and questionnaires prepared for a particular genre). When the method of the regulative evaluation is applied, books of unquestionable quality are included in the database by the decision of one expert. The following publications are included in the database without expert evaluation:
      • Dissertations consistent with the object of the Lithuanian humanities and social sciences;
      • Monographs published on the basis of dissertations;
      • Publications in journals with the quality factor of ≥ 0,9 (90 or more publications out of 100 presented for evaluation that meet the quality level requirements foe Lithuanian studies). A list of journals;
      • Books published in the process of the implementation of the National programme on Lithuanian studies;
      • New editions of books included into the database;
      • Later or previous volumes of multi-volume publications that are closely interrelated in their topic or structure;
      • Scientific works evaluated by experts of the Research Council of Lithuania during institutional evaluation.
    • More than 70 thousand publications were assessed by means of expert evaluation or regulative evaluation, almost 12 percent of publications did not meet quality level of the database.
  • Support and development of the infrastructure of the DBL (the information system LISDAS):
    • Subsystems of LISDAS. Creation, support and development of modules of expertise, citation, full text storage, administration, cataloguing subsystems, the database analysis and statistics, etc.
    • Regulations of LISDAS. Approved Regulations of the Information System of Lithuanian Studies database (LISDAS), 2018.
    • Integration of the DBL. The database is integrated into the Virtual Library of Lithuania (www.lvb.lt) – 59 thousand records; into international search engines „OpenAIRE“ – 32,6 thousand records, „Google Scholar“ – 20 thousand records; the DBL is integrated into the international open access registers OPEN DOAR and ROAR.
  • Main scientific and dissemination publications:

Continuation of the project in 2019−2021

At the current stage of the development of the database, the accumulation and preservation of publications in the field of Lithuanian studies, which are scattered in information resources in Lithuania and worldwide, and the preparation of summaries in Lithuanian are continued. Because of the inclusion of dissemination publications (science popularisation) and electronic resources into the database the audience of the database should broaden and its use should increase. The arrangement of relevant search kits (dissemination publications and electronic resources) will be organized (there was only one kit until 2019, i.e. the kit of research publications). The development of the chronology of publications is planned to be implemented, including books in the field of Lithuanian studies published before 2000.

It is estimated that in the process of the continuation of the project, 15 thousand publications will be collected on the database and, by the year 2021, the database will include more than 76 thousand publications. When developing the database as the open access database, it is planned to increase the number of full text publications freely accessible to all Internet users to 40 thousand.

With the help of experts, the best publications in the field of Lithuanian studies are selected and the data and results of the expert evaluation are stored. The review-study is intended to provide recommendations for refining the object and genres of the database.

The database Lituanistika is a modern way of disseminating the data and results of Lithuanian studies in the national and international space and increasing the visibility of authors and their publications not only in Lithuania but also in foreign countries. The aim is to make the database and data easily accessible to users through a newly created database website with integrated data search index, to develop user-oriented design of the database and ensure easy and clear search in Lithuanian and English. It is planned to implement tools that would facilitate the integration of the data of Lithuanistikawith other databases and worldwide search engines, such as Google and others.

In order to increase the dissemination and visibility of research on Lithuanian studies in international context, the focus is oriented on presentations in different events that take place in Lithuania and foreign countries, in cooperation with foreign centers of Baltic/Lithuanian Studies.

The partners of the project are TheWroblewski Library of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences and Kaunas University of Technology:

  • Lina Bloveščiūnienė, projekto vadovė, tel. +370 698 83195, e. p. lina.blovesciuniene@vdu.lt, lituanistikos.ekspertavimas@minfolit.lt
  • Nijolė Kolesinskienė, vyr. specialistė, Lietuvos mokslų akademijos Vrublevskių biblioteka, tel. +370 673 13375, e. p. nijole.kolesinskiene@mab.lt, lituanistikos.ekspertavimas@minfolit.lt
  • Antanas Štreimikis, vyr. specialistas, Kauno technologijos universitetas, mob. tel. +370 698 75 791, e. p. antanas.streimikis@ktu.lt, lituanistikos.ekspertavimas@minfolit.lt