"Evidence for Orderly Transition: The EU Project SOAP" Dr. Ralf Schimmer is Head of Scientific Information Provision at the Max Planck Digital Library. Holding a PhD in Sociology and a German library degree, he is responsible for the electronic resources licensing program for the entire Max Planck Society and for a broad range of library related information services. As a frequent co-organiser of the Berlin conferences on Open Access he has been deeply involved in the definition of the Open Access agenda of the Max Planck Society. He is responsible for the publication charge agreements of the Max Planck Society, and he serves on the Library Advisory Boards of several major publishers and other committees. He was also a member of the SCOAP3 working party.