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Heidi Espei
Tel.: +49 30 39001-253
Fax: +49 30 39001-275

Deutsches Institut für Urbanistik gGmbH
Zimmerstraße 13-15
10969 Berlin


Staff members

Knowledge management

The department of knowledge management is conceived as an information service provider for municipalities, but is also available to research institutes and universities. The expert background is formed by the close integration of this department within Difu’s scientific work. Central components are on the one hand the municipal database and on the other the Difu Internet service as well as the project-based web portals. In-house the department also supervises communication technology and the library.


Comprehensive municipal specialized information systems are maintained by use of the ‘ORLIS’ database for literature and the questionnaire database ‘kommDemos’. Access to the databases is available free of cost for Difu’s contributor towns through the Difu-Extranet. Other interested parties, in particular from the fields of science and research, can gain access via the Fraunhofer Information Centre for Planning and Building and the European portal Urbadoc, subject to charge. Certain projects can be accessed cost-free at the online theme database. A full-text server is run in connection with both reference databases. Both full-text downloads are upgraded mainly through the collection of municipal documentation and publications that is difficult to access.


The knowledge management department maintains Difu’s permanent web service, which includes the homepage, the Extranet for contributor towns as well as the ‘Kommunalweb’ (community web) portal. In addition there are project-based websites, ranging from microsites to larger portals.

National cooperation partners

  • Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development
  • German Association of Towns and Cities
  • Fraunhofer Information Centre for Planning and Building IRB
  • Institute for Regional Studies
  • Berlin Senate Library
  • Numerous German Municipalities

European cooperation partners

  • France: Institut d'Aménagement et d'Urbanisme de la Région d'Ile-de-France
  • France: Ministère de l'Écologie, de l'Energie, du Développement durable et de la Mer
  • Italy: Università Iuav di Venezia
  • Spain: Centro de Información y Documentación Científica, Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales
  • United Kingdom: Greater London Authority, Information Services

Further information about the knowledge management department’s work: