Klaus Tochtermann studied computer science at Kiel University and at Dortmund University, where he received his doctorate. From 2001 to 2010 he was the scientific director of the research institute Know-Center, a competence centre for information technology-based knowledge management located in Austria.
Since 2010, Klaus Tochtermann has been the director of the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics in Kiel and Hamburg, and has held a chair for Digital Information Infrastructures at Kiel University.
He was a member of the two European Commission High-Level Expert Groups on the European Open Science Cloud. In addition, he is a member of the Scientific Senate of the German National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI).