Klaus Tochtermann studied computer science at the Kiel University and Dortmund University, where he received his doctorate in computer science.
From 2001 until 2010 he was the scientific director of the research institute Know-Center, a competence center 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 (Germany) and has held a chair for Digital Information Infrastructures at Kiel University.
He was member in the two High Level Expert Groups of the EOSCs. In addition he is a member of the German Council for Scientific Information Infrastructures.