First published on November 1, 1949, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (F.A.Z.) is one of the major national daily newspapers in Germany. The paper publishes Monday to Saturday (the Sunday edition is called the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung [F.A.S.], but both are referred to here as F.A.Z.).
Published by Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung GmbH, F.A.Z. covers a comprehensive range of topics in Germany and internationally. The publisher notes that “As one of the most important media of the young Federal Republic the F.A.Z., since its very beginnings, has always greatly valued a large network of correspondents.” The four daily sections and inserts of the paper include economic, political, cultural, and science topics.
http://www.faz.net (the online site for the publication) contains a wide range of articles, photos, videos, graphics, and supplemental material. The site also includes links to its E-Paper version, and has an Archive Search (https://fazarchiv.faz.net/) which permits searching of articles from 1993 to the present. Searching is free, but article viewing is restricted to subscribers or as pay-per-view.
F.A.Z. offers two archival products for libraries that cover the entire previous history of the publication:
- F.A.Z.-Bibliotheksportal - https://www.faz-biblionet.de (formerly "F.A.Z. BiblioNet" launched in 2004) is the library access portal to F.A.Z. online and contains ca. 2 million text-searchable articles of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspapers (daily and Sunday editions) from 1993 to the present, as well as online content from FAZ.NET from 1999 to the present, including exclusive FAZ-PLUS articles. The Bibliotheksportal also includes F.A.Z.-Woche ("FAZ weekly"), Frankfurter Allgemeine Quarterly and Metropol (F.A.Z.'s bi-monthly economic magazine) covering 2016 forward.
Articles are presented in HTML format. In addition, F.A.Z.-Bibliotheksportal offers full-page PDFs of the paper from 2001 to the present.1 HTML results may not contain all graphics, photos or supplemental information of the print version, but the full-page PDFs contain all graphics, photos and pictures.
- F.A.Z. 49-92 (launched in 2010) contains more than 2.8 million text-searchable articles from the historical archive of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung from the founding of the newspaper in 1949 through 1992. This is intended to complete the digitization of the full run of the newspaper. The archive contains the articles in full text and also the articles and pages in PDF facsimile. F.A.Z. 49-92 also includes reports of the “Zeitung für Frankfurt” as well as the “Rhein-Main-Zeitung.”
According to the general terms and conditions of the digital archive, the following are not included in F.A.Z. 49-92: advertisements, business pages that include stock prices (Kursseiten), photos, cartoons, weather reports, events, and publishing supplements. Graphics, if available, are provided (according to this description, graphics are in the HTML version at the end of the page). The full-page PDF version contains all the graphics, photos, and images.2
- Frankfurter Rundschau Archives (launched in 2013) covers digital articles for this title from 1995 onward (2 millon articles).3
According to the publisher, all modules can be purchased alone or in combination.4
Overlap with other products:
Article feeds (text only) for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung content were previously included in the LexisNexis and Factiva databases beginning with 1981. However, content was temporarily withdrawn from LexisNexis in 2005, and again from both sources in 2009.
As of October 2017, F.A.Z. is listed in Factiva's title list as "translated abstracts" covering 1981-2013. A user assessment of Factiva shows content is accessible from March 13, 2013 through present day. LexisNexis reports fulltext coverage from 2006, though content is restricted from the Academic market.
According to the publisher, licenses with content aggregators do not have long-term clauses and are periodically reviewed "by both parties" to assess performance.5