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University Technology

On this site you can find information on university technology and telecomunications. It also an overview of the IT structure at Freie Universität Berlin. Here you can also find an overview of the most common software used at Freie Universität, as well as contact details for the various units.  

Setting Up Your Telephone and Computer


The Computing Services team – ZEDAT – can advise you on setting up your work computer and fixing problems you might encounter later on. They are also responsible for providing any software you need for your work. ZEDAT will send you your login details to set up and activate your Freie Universität account shortly before your first day at work.

If you have any questions about ZEDAT’s services, or specific problems you need help with, you can get in touch with ZEDAT Support by phone or email, or visit them on campus. Should you have questions regarding mail encyrption or your electronic signature, please contact your department's IT officer.  


When your Freie Universität account is set up you will automatically be assigned a personal telephone number. This number will be “yours” for as long as you work at Freie Universität and stays the same even if you move offices. You can view your phone number in the ZEDAT portal under phone settings (“Telefoneinstellungen”).


To register a telephone for your use, you will need a PIN. You can set this up yourself via the ZEDAT portal. A step-by-step guide to using your telephone is available in German at www.zedat.fu-berlin.de/Telefonie/Schnelleinstieg. If you do not have a telephone at your workplace, then please get in touch with the designated IT officer for your unit.



ZEDAT Support (Info-Service IT)


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Use of Digital Media

The Center for Digital Systems (CeDiS) is the competency center for e-learning, e-research, and multimedia technology at Freie Universität Berlin. CeDiS supports all of Freie Universität’s departments and institutes in the integration of digital media and technologies in teaching and research. It also offers training in the use of digital media in teaching and research and how to use tools such as wikis and blogs.

CeDiS provides all members of Freie Universität with access to its central web-based systems and mobile apps. These can be used, for example, for e-learning and computer-supported examinations; official websites; online communication and collaboration; academic publishing; project management and coordination; and supervising students and post-docs based internationally.



Webex Meetings provides you with tools to help organize your courses and office hours and to hold them online. The program is easy to use, even for beginners, with features such as live teaching via video conference; screen sharing (including the option for all meeting participants to share selected screens); file upload and download (e.g., further reading materials); individual or group meetings; sending invitations to online office hours via email and/or a link for students to dial in by phone if they need to.



Freie Universität’s central virtual learning platform, Blackboard, offers numerous functions and a variety of applications for research, teaching, and learning. It is open to all members of the university. You will need to register first before you can use it.


Library Portal Primo

Primo is a library portal that provides access to local and external resources, including books, e-books, and journals but also resources that can otherwise be difficult to access such as newspaper articles, book chapters, and digital items from the Freie Universität library repositories.


Content Management System (CMS)

The Freie Universität Berlin website

The official homepages of institutes, departments, and projects at the university are managed in Freie Universität Berlin’s Content Management System (CMS). CeDiS offers comprehensive advice, training, and information for web editors, along with a support hotline. They are happy to provide individual solutions, applications, and web design based on your needs.


Blogs (Wordpress)

Blogs are a simple and innovative way of publishing and communicating online. All members of Freie Universität Berlin who have a university account are able to use the Wordpress blogging program.


Wikis (Confluence)

Wikis offer a number of different options for planning and implementing joint projects in teaching, self-study, research, and administration. All members of Freie Universität Berlin with a university account can access the central wiki systems. The offer is also open to project partners working with members of the university.



CeDiS Support can help whenever you have questions about how to use Freie Universität Berlin’s central systems (Blackboard, CMS, university wikis, and the university blogs).

Contact: support@cedis.fu-berlin.de
Hotline: +49-30-838-54900
Monday to Friday: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

In addition, CeDiS Consulting can offer individual support and advice in planning your digital teaching and research activities.

Contact: consulting@cedis.fu-berlin.de

For newly appointed professors, CeDiS also offers a special service to help you in becoming familiar with Freie Universität Berlin’s digital media and technology resources for teaching, learning, and research through the CeDiS Starter Pack. You can find more information here.



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UniKat – Freie Universität Berlin`s purchasing system

Most everyday items for the office/workplace can be obtained via Freie Universität’s catalogue and purchasing system, UniKat. Log into the elSA portal and search for UniKat using the term “Beschaffung” (purchasing).

The system is administered by Subdivision II C - Central Purchasing, based within the central university administration. Members of the Central Purchasing team will be happy to help you with any questions you may have.


Service Support

Tel.: 030 / 838-52077            
Email: clearingstelle@fu-berlin.de

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