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Phone: +49 (0)221 478-5685

Cologne Site

Medicine and Health

ZB MED – Information Centre for Life Sciences
Gleueler Straße 60
50931 Cologne (Köln)

Bonn Site

Nutritional, Environmental and Agricultural Sciences

ZB MED – Information Centre for Life Sciences
Friedrich-Hirzebruch-Allee 4
53115 Bonn




An infrastructure and research centre for data and information in the life sciences.

Life sciences research needs a solid infrastructure.

ZB MED carries out the applied research required to achieve this.

Living Handbook of Perishable Food Supply Chains

The aim of the “Living Handbook of Perishable Food Supply Chains” project was to enhance and expand the Living Handbooks publication platform. Based on the open source software Drupal, this platform provides an agile framework for publishing handbooks in the field of life sciences. In collaboration with the University of Bonn’s Cold Chain Management working group, the development team strived to further enhance the platform to meet the current requirements of modern publishing in the life sciences. This includes features such as a dynamic comparison of different countries to ensure publications are always kept up to date.

ZB MED’s role in the project

Planning the development and expansion of the publishing platform and editing the publications.


1 January 2018 – 29 February 2020

Funding bodies

German Research Foundation (DFG)


Cold Chain Management working group at the University of Bonn


Final report (German)