ISL information services
ISL has a long tradition as information provider not only with its information centre but also with the worldwide distributed statistical publications. A core domain of the institute is the compilation of transport and trade statistics and the provision of analytical data.
ISL also holds a wide range of data sources, which are used for research projects, statistical reports and information services. ISL experts themselves create databases, like the ISL Port Data Base comprising more than 300 major ports worldwide, or use data from international information providers.
The ISL library is one of the largest libraries in the sectors of shipping economics, transport and logistics worldwide. As a central information spot, it has international literature and economic data at its disposal to shipping and ports, shipbuilding and supply industry, economy and commerce, transport and logistics as well as information and communications systems within logistics.
The Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics publishes regularly statistical reports, which are unique reference sources for the worldwide transport industry. Especially the ISL SHIPPING STATISTICS YEARBOOK is worldwide recognised as a standard statistical work for the maritime sector.
InfoLine - New dimensions in ISL's information marketing
Traditionally, ISL's range of tasks involves diversified consultancy of politics and economy via established economical facts. As an "international information broker", ISL has continually adjusted its offer of information over the past years. This holds true for improvements of content as well as for the change in information marketing in general.
The information market is being restructured at a breathtaking pace. The driving force behind this development are the innovative evolutions of information technology that open up new possibilities of information marketing. Portals offer new net-oriented approaches to optimize the provision of competence as practice-oriented knowledge. Information only becomes competence when it is relevant, problem-related, and accessible online.
The Internet is a vehicle for individualizing information delivery and for intensifying the use of one-to-one services resulting in a more effective information and knowledge transfer. Content is an essential ingredient in this process whereby the nature of content is changing towards digital information for global networks. It goes without saying, that these key challenges strongly affect publishers and information providers as well, whereby the "economizing" on accessing and collecting information as well as the online distribution is a major concern. Developments which also affect ISL activities.
With ISL InfoLine, an online platform is available for customers of statistical publications. The objective is a simplification of order processing, an easier data exchange, and interactive communication. Since 2005, the SSMR is available online. Meanwhile this is also true for the "ISL Shipping Statistics Yearbook 2005" and the "ISL Monthly Container Port Monitor (MCPM)".
The ISL InfoLine application, which was developed by the ISL's information logistics department, is in its core function a user interface, which allows users to log into a portal, complete data and download port figures. Thus, ISL InfoLine is your personal resource of up-to-date market information from the ISL. Log in to your account and get instant access to your subscriptions online ("My ISL InfoLine"). For the future, ISL is planning to add additional functionality and features to the ISL InfoLine. This is especially true for "ISL Seabase" (literature documentation system). Under consideration is to transform the traditional inventory-managing ISL library into a digital e-library where a user may then digitally access data.
ISL "InfoLine" will include specific online platforms for "Maritime Logistics" and "Maritime Markets". The later will include an online market monitor visualizing relevant market data, comments on current market developments as well as port information (e.g. online access to structured port data).
ISL has played an important role in improving the ad hoc availability of know-how on maritime markets by providing statistical analyses and literature. Thanks to the engagement of our expert teams we have always improved our services and, from a managerial point of view, optimized our resources.
The maritime industry is becoming increasingly information-intensive and linked through communications and data networks. This is not only true for the operational efficiency within the context of supply chain processes but also with respect to the intellectual process of creating and using information. Knowledge transfer via the internet will increase and portals as "mining bases" will gain momentum. In this concern networking is of prime importance ("ISL InfoLine Partner").
ISL InfoLine is also a gateway to the Deutsches Maritimes Kompetenz Netz (Maritime Competence Germany) which was established in 2003. The goal of DMKN.de is to promote the communication between representatives of the maritime economy, the navy, the sciences and government, as well as to improve the overall public relations of the German maritime economy (location marketing).
Partners responsible for the competence centres within DMKN are:
||Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics
Institut für Seeverkehrswirtschaft und Logistik
||Association for Maritime Technology
Gesellschaft für Maritime Technik e.V.
|Shipbuilding & Technology
Schiffbau & Technologie
||German Naval Institute
|Navy & Armaments
Marine & Rüstung
||Deutsches Marine Institut
These competence centres provide an extensive pool of expertise for economy, politics, and research.