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17.08.2017
Unser Archivportal-D: Vom Projektantrag über den Auf- und Ausbau zum Regelbetrieb

Als im September 2014 das Archivportal-D als von der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft gefördertes Teilprojekt der Deutschen Digitalen Bibliothek online ging, war eines der großen Ziele der ersten Projektphase (2012-2015) erreicht: Es war ein Portal entwickelt worden, welches einen kostenlosen, spartenspezifischen Zugang zu den archivischen Erschließungsinformationen und digitalisiertem Archivgut der Deutschen Digitalen Bibliothek ermöglichte. Die DFG-Förderung ist am 30.04.2017 zu Ende gegangen und wir möchten dies zum Anlass nehmen, um einen Blick auf den Auf- und Ausbau, die realisierten Vorhaben während der Förderung, die vielen Weiterentwicklungen und das heutige Produkt und seine Zukunft zu werfen.

16.08.2017
Die Bilder der Digitalisierung II – „Föderale Vielfalt – Globale Vernetzung“

Fotograf und Filmwissenschaftler Jürgen Keiper hat bereits für die erste Publikation der Deutschen Digitalen Bibliothek „Der Vergangenheit eine Zukunft. Kulturelles Erbe in der Digitalen Welt“ eine Bilderstrecke beigesteuert, die in beeindruckender Weise von den konkreten physischen Vorgängen der Digitalisierung innerhalb der Bibliotheken und Archive erzählt. Auch für den zweiten Band „Föderale Vielfalt – Globale Vernetzung: Strategien der Bundesländer für das kulturelle Erbe in der digitalen Welt“ besuchte Jürgen Keiper im Auftrag der Deutschen Digitalen Bibliothek unterschiedliche Kultur- und Wissenseinrichtungen, um die Digitalisierung „hinter den Kulissen“ zu dokumentieren.

09.08.2017
Save the Date! 7. Internationale Konferenz „Zugang gestalten! Mehr Verantwortung für das kulturelle Erbe“
For the seventh time now, international experts from cultural institutions, science, society, and politics will gather at the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek (German National Library) in Frankfurt am Main on 19 & 20 October 2017 in order to discuss where the opportunities and limits of cooperation lie when it comes to making cultural heritage accessible in the digital world.

21.07.2017
„Es genügt nicht, das Kulturerbe nur zu digitalisieren“

The Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (DDB) (German Digital Library) bundles together the digital cultural and scientific heritage of Germany. At the present time interested persons can access around 22.5 million (as per July 2017) books, archive documents, images and audio files via the DDB. In an interview Frank Frischmuth, Manager of Finances, Law, Communication of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek, talks about new developments in 2017, the DDB strategy and the opportunities of open cultural data.

17.07.2017
Sprachliche Potenziale & Digitale Nachhaltigkeit: Das DGI-Forum und der 2. Informationstag Brandenburg.digital im September
Save the date: In September, the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (German Digital Library) is at the DGI Forum in Wittenberg and at the 2nd Information Day of Brandenburg.digital in Potsdam!

13.07.2017
Neue Virtuelle Ausstellung: „Das Kino des Ersten Weltkriegs: Einsichten in eine transnationale Mediengeschichte“

"Along with the novel forms of warfare, the novel forms of mediatization are among the notable characteristics of the First World War. No war has ever been filmed so extensively, no film medium has ever been so systematically used for opinion formation." With these words, curator Felix Schürmann from the Deutsches Filminstitut (German Film Institute) in Frankfurt am Main introduces the new virtual exhibition of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (German Digital Library) and explains why the name of the exhibition refers explicitly to a "transnational media history"...

20.06.2017
Stand der Deutschen Digitalen Bibliothek auf dem Bibliothekartag 2017 in Frankfurt am Main
The 106th Librarians' Day was held at the Congress Center Messe Frankfurt between 30th May and 2nd June. Under the motto, "Medien – Menschen – Märkte” (Media, People, Markets), it provided the 3,500 visitors with an extensive programme of information and further training for librarians. Of course, the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek could not be missing: we were present with lectures, consultation hours and an exhibition stand.

12.05.2017
Medien – Menschen – Märkte: Die Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek auf dem 106. Bibliothekartag
The Deutsche Bibliothekartag (German Librarians’ Day) has taken place annually since 1900, the very first time in Marburg as a national advanced training course for librarians of scientific libraries. This year’s Bibliothekartag is being held in Frankfurt am Main from 30.5-2.6.17, as it was the last time in 1998 – the motto at that time being “only that which changes remains”. This sentence could also apply to the 106th Bibliothekartag: it is about the changes in media, people and markets.

21.04.2017
Neue Virtuelle Ausstellung: „Bahnriss?! Papier I Kultur“
On the occasion of the World Book Day on 23rd April 2017, the virtual exhibition "Bahnriss?! Papier I Kultur" (Web Break?! Paper I Culture) will be launched which is based on a special exhibition that was shown in Leipzig in 2016. The exhibition, which is the result of the cooperation between the German Museum of Books and Writings of the German National Library in Leipzig and the German Digital Library, takes a close look at the eventful history of paper in 17 chapters and goes from the rag business of pre-industrial times to security watermarks and abandoned newsprint paper plants right on up to the present day.

05.04.2017
Digitalisierung zum Anfassen: Ein kurzer Rückblick auf die CeBIT 2017

More than 200,000 visitors were recorded at the CeBIT 2017, where more than 3,000 exhibitors from 70 nations made presentations on its top issue „d!conomy – no limits“. From 20 to 24 March, interested people had the opportunity to examine technological innovations for the digital transformation of economy and society. This year's partner country, Japan, introduced itself with 120 companies in two exhibition halls and thereby presented the comprehensive Japanese digitalisation programme „Society 5.0“. Next year's CeBIT will be postponed until the warmer season and will take place from 11 to 15 June 2018.

03.04.2017
Chroniken, Tiergeräusche und immer wieder Rigoletto: Die Leipziger Buchmesse 2017

This year's booth of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek is in hall 5, between the taz-studio, a small carpentry, the blogger lounge and the booth of the City of Magdeburg. Many people visit the hall and our booth on these days from 23 to 26 March. Some people already know the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek, some do not.

16.03.2017
Die Erfindung der Post: Von speziellen Lieferungen, Erbgeneraloberstpostmeistern und was Thurn und Taxis damit zu tun hatte

When the American parcel service begins operating in 1913, customers and staff alike are not quite sure how the service should be specifically used. It is not known in its entirety what is sent in these early years - but one of the most curious packages of the time is, however: children.

15.03.2017
Die Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek auf der CeBIT Hannover

The world’s largest IT trade fair CeBIT is taking place from 20th to 24th March this year and more than 3,000 exhibitors and more than 200,000 participants are expected. 2,000 keynotes and lectures will follow the motto “Global Event for Digital Business” and discuss the topics of digital transformation, Virtual Reality and artificial intelligence.

13.03.2017
“Großes entsteht immer im Kleinen“ –  Ein Informationstag der Deutschen Digitalen Bibliothek  in Saarbrücken

How can cultural institutions in the Saarland save their holdings and knowledge in a digital manner and make these accessible? This was the central question formulated by the Saarland Museum Association on the occasion of the Information Day of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (German Digital Library). The Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek, together with the Saarländischer Museumsverband e.V. (Saarland Museums Association) and in cooperation with the Federal State Government of the Saarland had issued an invitation to the event in the Ministry of Education and Culture in Saarbrücken on 17th February 2017.

07.03.2017
Land Brandenburg verstetigt Koordinierungsstelle für Digitalisierung von Kulturgut

In 2012 the Coordination Office Brandenburg-digital was established as a central point of contact for institutions in Brandenburg to support them in the digitisaton of cultural assets. Since then the Coordination Office has provided a wide range of advice, information and impartation of knowledge. This includes training courses for dealing with online databases, advice on how to apply for financial assistance, but also support from the Ministry of Science, Research and Culture for developing new strategies for the long-term and sustainable digitisation of cultural assets in the State.

28.02.2017
Die Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek auf der Leipziger Buchmesse 2017

From 23 to 26 March a total of 2,100 exhibitors will present themselves to around 260,000 visitors in over 3,200 events at the largest German public fair, the Leipzig Book Fair. The largest reading festival in Europe in the past 25 years, “Leipzig reads” rounds off the visit to the fair: on 571 stages and places 3,300 authors and contributors tempt you to read and listen in over 3,000 events. This year’s focus is on the country of Lithuania: Literature and Poetry from Central Europe.

21.02.2017
Bereit zu teilen?

The question of the willingness to share digitally and to make digital participation possible assumes that the cultural heritage institutions (museums, collections and archives) have an option and questions where this willingness is possibly limited. What exactly is hindering cultural heritage institutions from sharing – a lack of legal regulations, insufficient funding or their own self-perception? Whether and how cultural heritage is to be made available digitally, how this works in practice in the cultural heritage institutions and how politics could react to this will be subsequently shown.

09.02.2017
Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek veröffentlicht Strategie 2020 auf Englisch

In October 2016 the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek published its Strategy 2020, in which the aims and main working focuses of the Bund-Länder-Projekt (Federation-State-Project) are formulated up to 2020. The publication is now available in English and can be obtained free of charge as a print version as well as a PDF.  

02.02.2017
Das geht auf keine Kuhhaut! – Papyrus, Pergament und antike Bibliothekskriege

In February 2016 Great Britain was shaken by a scandal. To save costs, the dual original copies of new legislative texts for Parliament and the National Archives were no longer to be printed on parchment, but only on paper. This decision was made by the House of Lords. Arguments followed: with regard to cost savings, a threat to livelihoods, using parchment as a long-term storage medium, and it was not only politicians who expressed concern on account of the decision. However, this was not the first time in history that parchment was to become a political issue.

30.01.2017
Neue Virtuelle Ausstellung: „Grimm von A bis Z – Was uns die Brüder Grimm nicht erzählten“

“Perhaps it was time to set down these tales in writing, for those who should be their custodians are steadily diminishing…” – this is how the “Children’s and Household Tales” of the Brothers Grimm begin, perhaps the most famous collection of fairy tales in the world today. The original version of 1892 contained more than 200 texts. Today the “Children’s and Household tales” is one of the most widely-read books throughout the world and is part of the UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme. However, the first edition was not exactly a bestseller when it was published: hundreds of unsold copies were destroyed. It wasn’t until Wilhelm Grimm decided to publish an illustrated popular edition, the “small edition”, that it became a success.  

24.01.2017
Save the Date: Informationstag der Deutschen Digitalen Bibliothek und des Saarländischen Museumsverbandes e.V. in Kooperation mit der Landesregierung des Saarlandes

Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek and Saarländischer Museumsverband e.V., in cooperation with the state government of Saarland, are inviting you on the 17th of February 2017 to an information day in the Ministry of Education and Culture in Saarbrücken. The information day is meant to bring into focus the purpose and current state of Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek as well as the status quo of the digitalization of the cultural heritage in Saarland.

10.01.2017
Wir sind die DDB: Das Museum Ludwig in Köln

The Museum Ludwig is one of the most important museums for the art of the 20th century as well as contemporary art in Germany. It was founded in 1976 on the occasion of the gift of 350 works of modern art given by Peter und Irene Ludwig to the city of Köln (Cologne). In 1977, the Museum Ludwig began with the establishment of a collection of photographs. The foundation was laid with the acquisition of about 1,000 works of international photo artists (amongst others, Eugène Atget, Man Ray, August Sander, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Irving Penn) by L. Fritz Gruber, the initiator of the photokina photo exhibitions. In this way, icons of the 20th-century photography found their way to the museum's collection.  

12.12.2016
#12von12: Die Fachstelle Archiv der Deutschen Digitalen Bibliothek und das Archivportal-D – Ein Porträt in zwölf Bildern

On a very rainy Monday afternoon in Berlin, I take the train to Stuttgart to visit my colleagues from the Archives Department and the Archivportal-D, the sector-specific access to the archive data of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek. There are more than 2,600 archives in Germany, 2,574 archives have been registered at the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek so far. 114 of them have already provided data to us. I wish to accompany my colleagues during their work for one day – not only to introduce these work areas of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek, but also to gain a better impression of their daily work and their environment from the perspective of the branch office in Berlin myself.

02.12.2016
Ein kurzer Rückblick auf „Zugang gestalten! Mehr Verantwortung für das kulturelle Erbe“ 2016

On 17 and 18 November 2016, 360 participants gathered to the 6th international conference „Shaping Access!“ at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin. The focus of this year's event was on the subject of sustainability in connection with the digitisation of the cultural heritage. Experts from archives, museums and libraries discussed with representatives from politics and civic groups political and legal conditions, possibilities of participation on the basis of selected projects as well as the topics of access and financing.

30.11.2016
Save the Date: OPEN! – Konferenz für digitale Innovation
For the second time OPEN! – Conference for digital innovation – is taking place on the 7th of December 2016 in Stuttgart. The launch of the conference last year focused on the areas open source, open files, open educational resources and open business models, to show how success factors and innovative approaches of open-movements may be applied to enterprises and organizations.
23.11.2016
Eine kurze Geschichte des Mikrofilms und wie er Paris die Kommunikation ermöglichte

The history of microfilm is also the history of some very heroic homing pigeons, whose working environment was not exactly one of the most attractive during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870/71. During this war Paris was besieged by the Prussians for four and a half months; postal and telegraphic communication channels were disrupted. On 2nd September 1870 it was proposed that the pigeons of Paris should be transported out of the city in hot-air balloons, on the assumption that – equipped with messages – they would fly back into the city.  

16.11.2016
Wir sind die DDB: Universitätsbibliothek Kassel - Landesbibliothek und Murhardsche Bibliothek der Stadt Kassel

The University Library of Kassel - State Library and Murhard Library of the City of Kassel is the library system of the University of Kassel existing in this form since 1976. As the largest and oldest scientific library of Northern Hessen, it is responsible for the comprehensive supply of literature and information for the university and the region. It is committed to providing a user-friendly collection building and the consequent digitisation and supply of both its historical collections and the scientifc publications of the university.  

11.11.2016
Coding Da Vinci Nord: Voller Erfolg für alle Beteiligten

The atmosphere in the bunker on the Heiligengeistfeld in the resonance chamber yesterday was great. After the kick-off of the cultural hackathon Coding Da Vinci Nord on 17./18.9.2016, all participants met each other again yesterday – both the cultural institutions who provided their data and the programmers and designers who created something innovative with these data in order to attend the project presentation consisting of 17 teams and the following award ceremony. It is hard to know where to start with all this enthusiasm, but let us simply do it like this: first of all, let us start with the award winners followed by the introduction of the seven projects which had dealt with the data of Stabi.

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03.11.2016
Save the Date: Zugang gestalten! Mehr Verantwortung für das kulturelle Erbe 2016

The international conference “Zugang gestalten! Mehr Verantwortung für das kulturelle Erbe” (Shaping Access! More Responsibility for Cultural Heritage) is already taking place for the sixth time. In contrast to the previous year when the conference took place in the Altonaer Museum in Hamburg, it is returning to Berlin this year: on 17th/18th November 2016 in the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart.

13.10.2016
Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek veröffentlicht Strategie 2020

Supported by cultural and scientific institutions from all cultural sectors and started as a federal/state project, the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek has achieved key objectives of its set-up phase. The objectives and working priorities up to the year 2020 are currently formulated in the Strategy 2020 now presented. The successfully-completed set-up phase of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek has already clearly illustrated the enormous potential, but also the challenges, which arise when heterogeneous data from different sources are brought together and cross-linked with one another: there are currently more than 20 million objects from about 300 data partners available on the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek’s portal.  

30.09.2016
Kulturelles Erbe im Internet sichtbar machen. Positionspapier Deutscher Museumsbund

The first publication of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek “A Future for the Past – Cultural Heritage in the Digital World” (“Der Vergangenheit eine Zukunft – Kulturelles Erbe in der digitalen Welt”) appeared in March 2015. With articles from various specialist authors, this anthology, edited by Paul Klimpel and Ellen Euler, deals with the tasks and general conditions faced by memory institutions such as museums, libraries and archives in the digitalisation of the cultural heritage. The Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek has been publishing the individual articles of its publication gradually on the website, where they can be read, copied and downloaded – all content is licensed with the Creative Commons Lizenz CC BY 4.0 International.

22.09.2016
Coding da Vinci Nord – Vom Klang der Sterne, Visiting Landmarks und den Kupfergorillas
This year the regional edition of our culture hackathon has been published for the first time, to the delight of Philipp Geisler, the head of the project. Justice has been done to the notion of ‘northern’, and greetings have been extended to more than 100 participants, not only from Hamburg but also from Göttingen, Bremen and Kiel. Even an international public from Denmark and Sweden has travelled to the kick-off event of Coding da Vinci Nord at the weekend of September 17th/18th in Hamburg.

15.09.2016
Wir sind die DDB: Die Hochschul- und Landesbibliothek Fulda

In 1776 the Fürstbischof (Prince-Bishop) Heinrich von Bibra founded a public library in Fulda. It consisted of holdings which had been collected for the most part in the convent library, the court library, in parts of the Jesuit Library (dissolved in 1773) and in the library the Pontifical Seminary in Fulda after the Thirty Years’ War.  The initial holdings were augmented by private donations, the rich collection of the parish church in Hammelburg and, after the secularisation of 1802/03, by manuscripts and prints from further church libraries from the surrounding region.

09.09.2016
Die Geschichte des Regenschirms und seiner sozialen Konsequenzen

It began with mockery, insults and pelted rubbish, when the Englishman Jonas Hanway came back from a trip to France in the early 1750s and went for a walk in London. His fellow citizens were amazed and even shocked by his behaviour, but Hanway was undeterred by their reactions. Without even blushing, he bore his umbrella through London and, unlike all other strollers, was undaunted by the adverse meteorological conditions.  

07.09.2016
Neuerscheinung: Föderale Vielfalt – Globale Vernetzung. Strategien der Bundesländer für das kulturelle Erbe in der digitalen Welt

The second volume of the series "Cultural Heritage in the Digital World" of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek has just been published. For the first time, the anthology provides a more comprehensive overview of the activities related to the dissemination and networking of the cultural heritage in each federal state of Germany. While the first volume titled „ A Future for the Past" dealed with issues related to public responsibility, social tasks and private engagement, the second volume is now focused on the federal states' strategies for the cultural heritage in the digital world.

06.09.2016
Die neue Renaissance. Empfehlungen der Drei Weisen zum Ausbau des europäischen kulturellen Erbes im Netz

The European Commission assigned Maurice Lévy, Elisabeth Niggemann and Jacques De Decker in 2009 to develop recommendations on the digitalisation of the cultural heritage. These were published in 2011. The essay was also published in the “materials” section of the publication and shall be reproduced here – just like the previous articles.  

15.08.2016
Kultur für alle? Zwischen organisierter Plünderung und der Demokratisierung kultureller Güter - Ein Beitrag von Hannah Wirtz

The first publication of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek “A Future for the Past – Cultural Heritage in the Digital World” (“Der Vergangenheit eine Zukunft – Kulturelles Erbe in der digitalen Welt”) appeared in March 2015. With articles from various specialist authors, this anthology, edited by Paul Klimpel and Ellen Euler, deals with the tasks and general conditions faced by memory institutions such as museums, libraries and archives in the digitalisation of the cultural heritage. The Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek has been publishing the individual articles of its publication gradually on the website, where they can be read, copied and downloaded – all content is licensed with the Creative Commons Lizenz CC BY 4.0 International.

04.08.2016
Die selektive Geschichte einiger Seeleute, des Schiffbaus und dem Beginn einer Epoche

When Carl Nicolai Christiansen is born on Sylt in 1864, it lasts only two years until the world would take its first step towards the global village. On 27 July 1866, the crew of the steamship "Great Eastern" manages to lay the first transatlantic telegraph cable between Ireland and Newfoundland. Let us hope that Carl Nicolai Christiansen, the future veteran of Sylt ("Käpt’n Corl") will have already taken his first step at this time as well. The successful commissioning of the cable is a sensation: many failed attempts, hundred thousands of pounds and various smouldered splits of cables on the ground of the Atlantic Ocean led the way.

26.07.2016
Freier Zugang zu digitalisiertem Kulturerbe für Wissenschaft und Bildung - Ein Beitrag von Hanns-Peter Frentz

The first publication of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek “A Future for the Past – Cultural Heritage in the Digital World” (“Der Vergangenheit eine Zukunft – Kulturelles Erbe in der digitalen Welt”) appeared in March 2015. With articles from various specialist authors, this anthology, edited by Paul Klimpel and Ellen Euler, deals with the tasks and general conditions faced by memory institutions such as museums, libraries and archives in the digitalisation of the cultural heritage.

The Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek has been publishing the individual articles of its publication gradually on the website, where they can be read, copied and downloaded – all content is licensed with the Creative Commons Lizenz CC BY 4.0 International.

21.07.2016
Coding da Vinci Nord – Unser Kultur-Hackathon in Hamburg

Since 2014 the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek, together with its partners Servicestelle Digitalisierung Berlin, Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland and Wikimedia Deutschland, has hosted the first German culture hackathon. Under the title “Coding da Vinci” programmers, designers and artists are developing digital applications on the basis of cultural data together with cultural institutions – museums, libraries and archives.

04.07.2016
In eigener Sache: Der Newsletter der Deutschen Digitalen Bibliothek

We will continually present our data partners – museums, libraries, archives, media libraries, institutions for the preservation of historical monuments and scientific institutions – likewise their digital holdings. Furthermore, collection highlights, the topic of the month or our virtual exhibitions will show the diversity of the holdings which can be searched in the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek and which tell exciting or surprising stories with their objects. By means of background articles we will draw attention to important aspects from the areas of culture and digitisation of particular concern to us in the further development of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek. These include, for example, technical and legal fields of activity, such as questions on the standardisation of metadata or on aspects of copyright law.

23.06.2016
Vielfalt für die Ewigkeit. Was Creative Commons für alle Gedächtnisinstitutionen so interessant macht - Ein Beitrag von John H. Weitzmann

The first publication of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek “A Future for the Past – Cultural Heritage in the Digital World” (“Der Vergangenheit eine Zukunft – Kulturelles Erbe in der digitalen Welt”) appeared in March 2015. With articles from various specialist authors, this anthology, edited by Paul Klimpel and Ellen Euler, deals with the tasks and general conditions faced by memory institutions such as museums, libraries and archives in the digitalisation of the cultural heritage. The Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek has been publishing the individual articles of its publication gradually on the website, where they can be read, copied and downloaded – all content is licensed with the Creative Commons Lizenz CC BY 4.0 International.

22.06.2016
Wir sind die DDB: Die Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg

The Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg (University Library of Heidelberg) is the central library in the library system of the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg. The central library and the decentralised specialist libraries of the university are under the supervision of the Director of the Universitätsbibliothek. As a scientific universal library the task of the Universitätsbibliothek is to provide members of the University of Heidelberg (Baden-Wuerttemberg) comprehensively with literature and information. At the same time it supplies literature and information to other colleges in Heidelberg (Pädagogische Hochschule – Teacher Training College, Hochschule für Jüdische Studien – College of Jewish Studies) and to the inhabitants of the city and the region.

15.06.2016
Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek ./. VG Bild-Kunst Musterverfahren zum "Framing"
The Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (DDB) filed an action with the Regional Court of Berlin against the art royalties collective society Verwertungsgesellschaft Bild-Kunst (VG Bild-Kunst) at the beginning of May (Landgericht Berlin, case number: 15 O 251/16). The dispute is based on the issue of the extent to which collective societies may require their licensees to protect licensed online content against Framing by technological means. Both parties aim to have the issue resolved in principle. That is why they have brought the dispute before the court as what is called ‘model case proceedings’.

01.06.2016
Wir sind die DDB: Die Berlinische Galerie Landesmuseum für Moderne Kunst, Fotografie und Architektur

The Berlinische Galerie is one of the newest museums of the capital city and collects artwork that was created in Berlin between 1870 and today – with a local focus and an international ambition at the same time. Founded in 1975, the Landesmuseum opened its own location in 2004 in an extensively renovated industrial warehouse in the vicinity of the Jewish Museum with an exhibition area of 4,600 square metres.

31.05.2016
Exilpresse digital und Jüdische Periodika aus NS-Deutschland. Zwei Digitalisierungsprojekte der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek - Ein Beitrag von Sylvia Asmus und Dorothea Zechmann

The first publication of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek “A Future for the Past – Cultural Heritage in the Digital World” (“Der Vergangenheit eine Zukunft – Kulturelles Erbe in der digitalen Welt”) appeared in March 2015. With articles from various specialist authors, this anthology, edited by Paul Klimpel and Ellen Euler, deals with the tasks and general conditions faced by memory institutions such as museums, libraries and archives in the digitalisation of the cultural heritage. The Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek has been publishing the individual articles of its publication gradually on the website, where they can be read, copied and downloaded – all content is licensed with the Creative Commons Lizenz CC BY 4.0 International.

30.05.2016
Historische Speisekarten oder Die kuriose Geschichte der Frank E. Buttolph

In August of the year 1900, readers of the US “Hotel Monthly” magazine found this advertisement: “It is of great importance that the menus are well-packed and put between two large cardboards since otherwise, they will get dirty and will be ruined by sending it through the post, which makes them valueless. The great thing about this collection is that almost all of the 3,600 menus are in a perfect condition, but I had to fight harder than General Otis on the Philippines in order to be able to keep my standard. Should it be lower, I will quit my work.“ Behind the drama of this advertisement, there is the collector Frank E. Buttolph (1850 – 1924).

25.05.2016
„Archivportal-D“ gewinnt „Heritage in Motion Award“ 2016

The “Archivportal-D” project – the branch-specific access to the data of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (German Digital Library) – has won the European “Heritage in Motion Award” 2016 in the “Websites and online content” category. The jury explained the award for the project lead by the Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg (State Archive Baden-Württemberg) as follows: “This well-structured website is easy to navigate, leads quickly to digitized objects and is suited for the needs of very different users. A solid project and an example for other archives.”  

24.05.2016
Weltuntergang im Postkartenformat: Der Dresdner Maya-Codex – Eine Virtuelle Ausstellung

The Book Museum of the Sächsische Landes- und Universitätsbibliothek (SLUB) (Saxon State and University Library) started to present the Maya-Code as early as in 1786 – however, in the end it was the American film director Roland Emmerich and his film “2012” who would draw streams of visitors not only into cinemas but also into the treasure chamber of the SLUB in Dresden. On the occasion of the German-Mexican Cultural Year, which was introduced by the federal president Joachim Gauck and the Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto with a joint walk through the Berlin exhibition “The Maya – Language of Beauty” in the Martin-Gropius-Bau on 11th April, the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek presents the virtual exhibition “Die Dresdner Maya-Handschrift: Prophetie und Ritual aus Yukatan” (“The Dresden Mayan Manuscript: Prophecy and Ritual from Yucatan”).

19.05.2016
Kultur & Wissen online: Google darf – und die Kulturerbeeinrichtungen?

Internet users in the US have access to a much broader body of knowledge and culture than internet users in the EU. According to Ellen Euler we should not see Google Books as a threat to culture but rather as a reminder that Europe urgently needs to create a legal framework that enables access to the collections of our libraries, archives and museums, preferably by allowing them to make their collections available via their own online platforms.

17.05.2016
Wir sind die DDB: Das Deutsche Historische Museum

The Deutsches Historisches Museum (German Historical Museum) is the national history museum of the Federal Republic of Germany. Situated in the historic centre of Berlin it presents 1500 years of German history in a European and international context. The permanent exhibition in the Zeughaus (old Arsenal) invites visitors to take an impressive historical tour from the Middle Ages up to the present day. With almost 600,000 objects the Deutsches Historisches Museum is now represented in the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (German Digital Library).

29.04.2016
Neues Mitglied im Kompetenznetzwerk: FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz-Institut für Informationsinfrastruktur

The Board of Trustees of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek approved the entry of FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure as a full member of the competence network of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek. This does not affect the role of FIZ Karlsruhe as a service provider of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek, which is laid down in a separate cooperation agreement.

22.04.2016
Wir sind die DDB: Das FHXB Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Museum Berlin

The FHXB Museum is one of twelve regional museums of Berlin. It was built in 2004 after the unification of the two districts Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg as a merger of the Kreuzberg Museum, with the Heimatmuseum Friedrichshain. Five collections and bundles, which can be seen as characteristic for the history of the district, were selected for the digitisation project and the presentation at the DDB.

21.04.2016
Vom Zettelkasten zum Archivserver. Digitale Nutzungsmöglichkeiten von Bibliotheken, Museen und Archiven nach geltendem Urheberrecht - Ein Beitrag von Till Kreutzer

The first publication of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek “A Future for the Past – Cultural Heritage in the Digital World” (“Der Vergangenheit eine Zukunft – Kulturelles Erbe in der digitalen Welt”) appeared in March 2015. With articles from various specialist authors, this anthology, edited by Paul Klimpel and Ellen Euler, deals with the tasks and general conditions faced by memory institutions such as museums, libraries and archives in the digitalisation of the cultural heritage. The Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek has been publishing the individual articles of its publication gradually on the website, where they can be read, copied and downloaded – all content is licensed with the Creative Commons Lizenz CC BY 4.0 International.

20.04.2016
Ein kurzer Rückblick auf die drei Frühjahrsmessen

During the week from 14 to 20 March 2016, staff from Frankfurt, Berlin and Stuttgart came to represent us with stands, consultations and lectures at CeBIT, the Library Congress in Leipzig and at the Leipzig Book Fair. We asked them about the highlights they personally experienced during the events and their summary, and we received the following answers.  

06.04.2016
Onleihe und virtueller Museumsbummel. Das Menschenrecht auf kulturelle Teilhabe im 21. Jahrhundert - Ein Beitrag von Ellen Euler und Thomas Dreier

The first publication of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek “A Future for the Past – Cultural Heritage in the Digital World” (“Der Vergangenheit eine Zukunft – Kulturelles Erbe in der digitalen Welt”) appeared in March 2015. With articles from various specialist authors, this anthology, edited by Paul Klimpel and Ellen Euler, deals with the tasks and general conditions faced by memory institutions such as museums, libraries and archives in the digitalisation of the cultural heritage. The Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek has been publishing the individual articles of its publication gradually on the website, where they can be read, copied and downloaded – all content is licensed with the Creative Commons Lizenz CC BY 4.0 International.

06.04.2016
Wir sind die DDB: Das Institut für Stadtgeschichte in Frankfurt am Main - „Das Gedächtnis Frankfurts“

The Institut für Stadtgeschichte Frankfurt am Main, until 1992 referred to as “City archive”, is one of the most important German municipal archives and has a provable history reaching back about 600 years. It collects, researches and communicates written and image sources and audiovisual media on the history of the city of Frankfurt. Its holdings range from 9th century to the present day. The institute is dedicated to the task to maintain the historic heritage of the city of Frankfurt am Main and to make it accessible. It obtains the files from the city administration and also collects all documentation materials which are important for the history of the city, such as legacies and collections of associations and companies.

04.04.2016
Die neue Europeana-Kampagne auf Twitter und Facebook: I am @europeanaeu
From Asta Nielsen to Zoroaster , there are lots of famous faces from history in Europeana. Old, young, familiar or sometimes even forgotten. But who inspires you, and why? We want you to tell us, from today, in any language you like, who your cultural hero or heroine in Europeana is and why you picked them using ‘I am @Europeanaeu’ and the hashtag #AllezCulture! We hope this initiative will enhance people’s awareness of Europeana and increase the interest of funders, thereby contributing to our sustainability.  
24.02.2016
Urheberrecht, Praxis und Fiktion. Rechteklärung beim kulturellen Erbe im Zeitalter der Digitalisierung - Ein Beitrag von Paul Klimpel

The first publication of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek “A Future for the Past – Cultural Heritage in the Digital World” (“Der Vergangenheit eine Zukunft – Kulturelles Erbe in der digitalen Welt”) appeared in March 2015. With articles from various specialist authors, this anthology, edited by Paul Klimpel and Ellen Euler, deals with the tasks and general conditions faced by memory institutions such as museums, libraries and archives in the digitalisation of the cultural heritage. The Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek has been publishing the individual articles of its publication gradually on the website, where they can be read, copied and downloaded – all content is licensed with the Creative Commons Lizenz CC BY 4.0 International.

23.02.2016
Die Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek auf den großen Messen im März

If you visit the CeBIT in Hanover or the Library Congress and the Book Fair in Leipzig in March, you are very welcome to pay us a visit at our stands. This year we are present at the event once again with talks, consultations and stands and we look forward to your visit.  

19.02.2016
Bärte oder Wie Luther (fast) den Hasen rettete

In order to finance the Northern War against the Swedish Empire in 1700, Peter I, Tsar of Russia, had a creative idea: a new tax was needed and so he introduced the “Bartkopeke” (beard token). Although the token appeared outwardly identical to a coin, it was not ,however, a means of payment, but a proof of payment: everyone who wore a beard or moustache had to pay an amount graduated according to his social standing, and as proof that he had paid this tax he received the Bartkopeke.

17.02.2016
Neuerscheinung: „Handbuch Kulturportale – Online-Angebote aus Kultur und Wissenschaft“

The “Handbook of Culture Portals – Online Cultural and Scientific Offerings” was published in October 2015. The handbook consists of four parts: “Introduction and Importance of Culture Portals”, “Legal and Commercial Aspects or Aspects of Utilisation”, as well as “Trans-regional Portals” and “Regional Portals”, and shows the current trends and perspectives of portals in the areas of culture and science, such as e.g. those of the German Digital Library. The focus is on the presentation of diversity in culture portals. Different projects are presented based on historical, professional, organisational, legal and commercial issues.  

15.02.2016
Wir sind die DDB: Das LWL-Archivamt für Westfalen
The LWL-Archivamt for Westphalia (until 2006 Westfälisches Archivamt) houses the archive of the Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe (LWL) and the Westphalian Literature Archive. In addition, the Archivamt is responsible for consultation on matters relating to archive technology for public, non-governmental archives in Westphalia-Lippe. The know-how is also available to the Westphalian company archives via the branch located at the Westphalian Industrial Archive in Dortmund. More than 5,000 objects are now available in the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek and Archivportal-D.
27.01.2016
Wissen ohne Zukunft? Der Rechtsrahmen der digitalen Langzeitarchivierung von Netzpublikationen - Ein Beitrag von Eric W. Steinhauer

The first publication of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek “A Future for the Past – Cultural Heritage in the Digital World” (“Der Vergangenheit eine Zukunft – Kulturelles Erbe in der digitalen Welt”) appeared in March 2015. With articles from various specialist authors, this anthology, edited by Paul Klimpel and Ellen Euler, deals with the tasks and general conditions faced by memory institutions such as museums, libraries and archives in the digitalisation of the cultural heritage. The Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek has been publishing the individual articles of its publication gradually on the website, where they can be read, copied and downloaded – all content is licensed with the Creative Commons Lizenz CC BY 4.0 International.

26.01.2016
Das mysteriöse Verschwinden der Wikinger aus Grönland

Theories on why the Vikings disappeared from Greenland are abundant: they range from epidemics to shortages of supply, from homesickness to climate changes. For a long time, it was assumed that which today is known as the "Little Ice Age" (approx. 1300 – 1850) in Europe played a definitive role in the disappearance of the Vikings. However, the latest research, which was published in December last year in the scientific magazine "Science Advances", revealed that the Little Ice Age was not a global phenomenon and that Greenland was not affected by this climate change. When the Vikings arrived in Greenland in 985 AD under Erik the Red it was cold, and when they left again 400 years later it was still just as cold – but not any colder.  

18.01.2016
Der freie Zugang zu Bildern ist Menschenbildung! – Ein Gespräch zur Zukunft des Urheberrechts

In September of last year, the Europeana, the European counterpart to the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek, introduced its position paper on copyright law and demanded an update of European copyright law. A quotation follows. „Allowing cultural heritage institutions to make [their] material available on their own websites under a tailored exception will not cause harm to creators, publishers or other rights holders. Instead it would be complementary to their activities and ensure increased access to the full diversity of European Culture.”  

14.01.2016
Wir sind die DDB: Die Universitätsbibliothek der Europa-Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder)

The Universitätsbibliothek Frankfurt (Oder) has established a binational library system together with the Collegium Polonicum library in Słubice. In the past few year, numerous international library projects have taken place with further external partners (Wrocław UL, Poznań UL) which are still being sustained today. Now, over 450 objects belonging to the UL can be accessed using the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek.

15.12.2015
Das Kalenderblatt der Deutschen Digitalen Bibliothek: Der täglich kurze Blick in die Geschichte

The Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek publishes a calendar page daily. A wide range of objects tell of social, political and cultural events that took place on a certain day. Short passages on three to ten objects grant insights – sometimes surprising, often amusing – into biographies, historical events and their reverberations in our cultural and intellectual heritage. The objects – certificates and photographs, paintings, scientific works, audio and video files – are virtually asking to be explored. Following semantic links, it is possible to find more objects on the object pages with related themes thereby forging new contexts.

10.12.2015
Wir sind die DDB: Universitätsbibliothek Würzburg

The Universitätsbibliothek Würzburg safeguards the supply of information for research, teaching and academic studies at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg. This range of services is available to the students and staff of the university, pupils, students at other institutes of higher learning and any other interested parties. The holdings comprise of around 3.4 million media including 8,000 current periodicals and around 100,000 historical items. These holdings are distributed with roughly half housed in the Central Library and the rest throughout almost 70 departmental, institute and clinic libraries. As the regional library of Lower Franconia, the university library also collects Lower Franconian literature and maintains the collection of literature on the subject of Franconia - the most comprehensive in the world and regularly updated.  

09.12.2015
Ablieferung von Netzpublikationen durch den Zitierenden. Sicherung der Persistenz von Onlinequellen in der Wissenschaft - Ein Beitrag von Jan Schallaböck

The first publication of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek, “A Future for the Past – Cultural Heritage in a Digital World” appeared in March of 2015. With the articles from diverse specialist authors, the anthology, edited by Paul Klimpel and Ellen Euler, broaches the subject of the tasks and circumstances that memory institutions such as museums, libraries or archives are confronted with while digitising cultural heritage. The Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek is publishing the individual articles on its website, where they can be read, copied and downloaded – all contents are licensed with Creative Commons License CC BY 4.0 International.

08.12.2015
Patentzeichnungen aus dem 19. Jahrhundert: Eine Reise zurück in die Zukunft der Technologie

"Looking through patent drawings is just like time travel," is a quotation from the American patent lawyer Kevin Price in an article in Der Spiegel. Price, whose fascination for patent drawings led him to author a cultural history of patent drawings ("The Art of the Patent", 2011), states at the same time that there is a "decline of this art form". He describes how inventors used to create graphically rich patent designs, while those of today are rather "callous, dry". In the holdings of the Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg in the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek, a multitude of patent drawings can be found - in particular dating from the 19th century. Mouse and rat traps, caloric engines and artificial body parts are just some of the examples that we present here.  

30.11.2015
„Recht und kulturelles Erbe im digitalen Zeitalter“ – Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek veröffentlicht dritte Folge ihrer Thementrailerreihe

The Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek began their thematic trailer series "Culture and Knowledge Online" in 2013. In the short films, various aspects which are relevant for guaranteeing every citizen digital access to cultural and scientific heritage over the long term are presented and illustrated. The third and latest episode in the thematic trailer series addresses the legal aspects of digitising cultural heritage and making it available. Under which conditions can cultural institutions meet the obligations of their task of creating access to culture online as well? How can online users be provided with more assurance about whether and under which conditions digital contents may be used? Which activities is the DDB developing in this area?

25.11.2015
Lesesaal. Technische Informationsbibliothek Hannover (TIB). Foto: Jürgen Keiper (CC BY 4.0)

The first publication of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek, “A Future for the Past – Cultural Heritage in a Digital World” appeared in March of 2015. With the articles from diverse specialist authors, the anthology, edited by Paul Klimpel and Ellen Euler, broaches the subject of the tasks and circumstances that memory institutions such as museums, libraries or archives are confronted with while digitising cultural heritage. The Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek is publishing the individual articles on its website, where they can be read, copied and downloaded – all contents are licensed with Creative Commons License CC BY 4.0 International.

23.11.2015
Wir sind die DDB: Das Münchner Stadtmuseum

The Münchner Stadtmuseum was formed in 1888 on the initiative of the municipal archivist Ernst von Destouches (1843-1916). After World War II, the institution quickly developed into an exhibition centre interested in a multifarious cultural history. Photography and film were collected and presented – an absolute innovation in German museums at the time. Already existing municipal collections – such as those of the musical instruments and the puppet theatre – were brought together under one roof. The Münchner Stadtmuseum is now included in the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek with 4450 objects.  

18.11.2015
Schlangen, Drachen und frühe Synthesizer: Historische Musikinstrumente in der Deutschen Digitalen Bibliothek

Instruments that are so expensive that their inventors recommend that you build them yourself, Hector Berlioz delivers fatal marketing blows and Japanese dragons. While researching historical musical instruments, one encounters anecdotes and stories that are out of the ordinary, sometimes tragic and therefore even more worth the telling. These holdings originally come from the Musikinstrumenten-Museum in Berlin, which is one of the newest Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek data partners.

13.11.2015
Ein Rückblick auf die Konferenz „Zugang gestalten! Mehr Verantwortung für das kulturelle Erbe“ 2015

For the third time, the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek is one of the event organisers for the "Shaping Access! More Responsibility for Cultural Heritage" Conference, which takes place this year on 5 and 6 November in the Altonaer Museum in Hamburg. Its varied contributions to the conference program show how comprehensive the aspects are that have to be solved for a cultural heritage that is easily accessible over the long-term.  

09.11.2015
Scanroboter. Scanzentrum Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. Foto: Jürgen Keiper

The first publication of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek, “A Future for the Past – Cultural Heritage in a Digital World” appeared in March of 2015. With the articles from diverse specialist authors, the anthology, edited by Paul Klimpel and Ellen Euler, broaches the subject of the tasks and circumstances that memory institutions such as museums, libraries or archives are confronted with while digitising cultural heritage. The Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek is publishing the individual articles on its website, where they can be read, copied and downloaded – all contents are licensed with Creative Commons License CC BY 4.0 International.

04.11.2015
DDBpro ist online: Das neue Infoportal für Datenpartner der Deutschen Digitalen Bibliothek entdecken

What makes it worthwhile to participate in the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek? Which institutions actually come into question as DDB data partners? And what steps must be taken when becoming a DDB partner? This and many more questions are answered by DDBpro, which is intended for both new and current data partners. We list the reasons for the institutions to participate in the DDB with their collections and objects and explain which conditions must be fulfilled for participation. As the respective processes could vary from one cultural division to another, there is also more specific information geared toward archives, libraries, monument conservation, media centres and museums on DDBpro in addition to general information.  

02.11.2015
Wenn Kultureinrichtungen und Entwickler zusammenfinden: Coding da Vinci – Der Workshop bei „Zugang gestalten!“

For two years in a row now the cultural data hackathon Coding da Vinci has brought cultural institutions and their digitised data sets together with developers and designers to deliver impressive results. As Coding da Vinci was structured as a national event these past two years, it is now time to find new formats. Can the hackathon be regionalized? Is it possible to realise a hanseatic version of Coding da Vinci? And to what extent is the cultural data hackathon a concept for participation in the future? These questions will be explored in the workshop “It's not something just anyone can do – How can we get the cultural data hackathon Coding da Vinci to Hamburg?” at this year’s “Shaping Access! More Responsibility for Cultural Heritage” conference from 5 to 6 November 2015 in the Altonaer Museum in Hamburg.

22.10.2015
 Bibliothekarin am Zettelkatalog der Deutschen Bücherei Bild: Rössing, Roger (Fotograf); Rössing, Renate (Fotograf) (1955) Deutsche Fotothek

The complex world of metadata is one of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek’s central fields of work and an area of work in which the processes and developments are virtually “invisible” to outsiders. In the process, the quality of the metadata is crucial to making the digitised products from archives, libraries, media libraries and museums not only “accessible, but also visible” to users. With  Francesca Schulze, responsible for the department of metadata and metadata development at the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek, we spoke about the role metadata plays in making cultural heritage accessible, the difficulties and challenges faced in this field of work and how people actually become metadata experts. 

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21.10.2015
"Buchtransport. Deutsche Nationalbibliothek (Leipzig)", Foto: Jürgen Keiper, CC BY 4.0

The first publication of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek, “A Future for the Past – Cultural Heritage in a Digital World” appeared in March of 2015. With the articles from diverse specialist authors, the anthology, edited by Paul Klimpel and Ellen Euler, broaches the subject of the tasks and circumstances that memory institutions such as museums, libraries or archives are confronted with while digitising cultural heritage. The Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek is publishing the individual articles on its website, where they can be read, copied and downloaded – all contents are licensed with Creative Commons License CC BY 4.0 International.

14.10.2015
Neue Virtuelle Ausstellung: „Vom Privilegienbrief zum Bundesverfassungsgericht – Eine Virtuelle Ausstellung zum 300. Geburtstag der Stadt Karlsruhe“

From today’s perspective, in this early period Karlsruhe already brought itself into play for the developments of law and administration of justice which were to emanate from this city: for today’s seat of the Federal Constitutional Court and Federal Court of Justice it was the progressive impulses during its founding which were not only to be the central theme for the history of the city, but also for this virtual exhibition. The exhibition curated by Meinrad Welker, which came into being together with the Karlsruhe Municipal Archives and FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz-Institute of Information Infrastructure, leads the visitor through the general history of the city and emphasises features in spheres such as planning and construction, migration and internationality, mobility and energy as well as culture and innovation.  

13.10.2015
„Hamburger Note“ zur Digitalisierung des kulturellen Erbes

In the run-up to this year’s conference “Shaping Access! More Responsibility for Cultural Heritage”, the “Hamburger Note” is going to be presented in Berlin. Archives, libraries and museums are faced with technical, administrative and judicial challenges when it comes to digitisation, challenges which demand an exhaustive use of resources in order to make cultural assets digitally accessible to the public. The “Hamburger Note” draws attention to the legal aspects of this situation: the request and goal is to simplify the extensive rights clearance procedures for heritage institutions like archives, libraries and museums in the future and to therefore make digital accessibility to cultural assets more widely possible than it has been so far.  

08.10.2015
Die Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek bei „Zugang gestalten! Mehr Verantwortung für das kulturelle Erbe“ 2015

What role does metadata play in an interconnected world? How will exhibitions be designed in the future? Where is the development of the legal conditions heading? What are the strategies for access to cultural heritage in the future? These questions form the focus of the international conference series "Shaping Access! More Responsibility for Cultural Heritage" ("Zugang gestalten! Mehr Verantwortung für das kulturelle Erbe"), which is taking place for the fifth time in the rooms of the Altona Museum on 5 and 6 November and is made possible by this year's host, the Hamburg Foundation of History Museums.  

30.09.2015
Erschließung, Vernetzung und Access - Ein Beitrag von Monika Hagedorn-Saupe und Werner Schweibenz

The first publication by the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek, “A Future for the Past – Cultural Heritage in a Digital World”, was published in March 2015. With articles by a variety of specialist authors, the collection edited by Paul Klimpel and Ellen Euler thematises the tasks and circumstances commemorative institutions like museums, libraries and archives face when digitising cultural heritage. The Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek publishes individual contributions to their publication one by one on the website, where they can be read, copied and downloaded – all of the contents are licensed with the Creative Commons Lizenz CC BY 4.0 International.

24.09.2015
Das Archivportal-D feiert sein Jubiläum – wir gratulieren!

Archivportal-D provides sector-specific access to the records of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek and is celebrating its first birthday. It was activated on 24th September 2014 as part of the 84th German Archive Day in Magdeburg. Over 10 million archive records of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek are available in Archivportal-D and are presented in a subject-specific manner. The resources obtained from over 70 archive institutions and digitalised archive material can be researched alongside information on over 500 archive institutions from all over Germany (at the start of the project: approx. 200).  

23.09.2015
Neue Sammlungen: Die Fotografen Fritz Zapp und Peter H. Fürst im Rheinischen Bildarchiv der Stadt Köln
Fritz Zapp taught himself photography – as a skilled house painter, it was only after he relocated from his birthplace of Kleinbliersbach in the Bergisches Land to Hoffnungsthal in 1910 that he devoted himself to photography. Unlike Peter H. Fürst: born in Austria in 1939, the photographer completed an apprenticeship in photography at his parents’ firm so that he could then study at the Höhere graphische Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt in Vienna. Following his master craftsman examination, Fürst worked for architects and industrial and advertising agencies, taking images within the field of fur and fashion photography.

10.09.2015
Das Erbe der Arche Noah: Archive, Wissen und Informationen – Ein Beitrag von Jürgen Keiper
The first publication of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek entitled “Der Vergangenheit eine Zukunft – Kulturelles Erbe in der digitalen Welt” (“A Future for the Past – Cultural Heritage in a Digital World”) appeared in March 2015. It was presented at the Leipzig Book Fair on its publication day. The anthology published by Paul Klimpel and Ellen Euler broaches the issue of tasks and framework conditions which commemorative institutions such as museums, libraries or archives face during the digitalisation of cultural heritage by featuring articles from various specialised authors.  
04.09.2015
Als Osten noch oben war: Historische Land- und Seekarten in der Deutschen Digitalen Bibliothek
“North is up”: Today’s seldom questioned convention of defining the cardinal direction North on the upper edge of maps and sea charts is actually a relatively young approach, because it was only with the Renaissance and the rediscovery of Claudius Ptolemy’s World Map from the second century AD that geographers began to refrain from depicting the East with the Holy City of Jerusalem on the upper edge of the map.  
02.09.2015
Wir sind die DDB: Das Deutsche Schiffahrtsmuseum – Leibniz-Institut für deutsche Schifffahrtsgeschichte, Bremerhaven

Handed over to the public in 1975 by then Federal President Walter Scheel, the Deutsche Schiffahrtsmuseum (DSM) has a unique collection of maritime history. This is made available as research infrastructure completely analogue and increasingly also digital by means of archive, library and magazine. The library includes the most comprehensive national inventory of special maritime literature.  

22.07.2015
Kulturelles Erbe und Digitalisierung – Ein Beitrag von Hermann Parzinger in „Der Vergangenheit eine Zukunft – Kulturelles Erbe in der digitalen Welt“
The anthology published by Paul Klimpel and Ellen Euler broaches the issue of tasks and framework conditions which commemorative institutions such as museums, libraries or archives face during the digitalisation of cultural heritage by featuring articles from various specialised authors. Hermann Parzinger, President of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz), writes about the effects of digitalisation on cultural heritage in the first part of the publication entitled “Öffentliche Verantwortung, gesellschaftliche Aufgabe, privates Engagement” (“Public responsibility, social tasks and commitment from the private sector”).
15.07.2015
Wir sind die DDB: Das Rheinische Bildarchiv der Stadt Köln

The Rheinische Bildarchiv (RBA) is one of the largest public art history photographic archives in Germany and offers an extensive basis for research and science as well as commercial image users and private users. Its“FotoMedienWerkstatt” (“Photo-Media Workshop”) is the City of Cologne’s service provider for exacting object photography of art in Cologne.  

15.07.2015
Der Rückblick auf die YOU Berlin – Leitmesse für Jugendkultur

From 5th to 7th July, the YOU – Leitmesse für Jugendkultur (leading expo for youth culture) took place in Berlin for the 16th time. Amidst the midsummer temperatures, pupils were treated to YouTube stars, breakdancing contests and wakeboarding in the pool. The teachers used the event as an opportunity to inform themselves about cultural and political opportunities in the Teachers’ Lounge in the Palais am Funkturm, or relax with a coffee and listen to the exhibitors’ presentations.

06.07.2015
Der Rückblick auf den Bibliothekartag 2015 in Nürnberg

The 104th Librarian Congress was held from 16 to 29 May 2015 in Nuremberg under the motto “Libraries – from the Beginning into the Future”. Over 3,800 participants from 31 countries attended the congress. The Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek contributed a workshop and four presentations to the extensive programme. It was also represented as one of 155 exhibitors in the exhibition hall, among other things with the offer of thematic consultation hours.  

05.07.2015
Die Preisverleihung von Coding da Vinci - der Kulturhackathon

It was hot, the technology did not want to fully cooperate and nevertheless: united by the sweat of brows, with creative technical workarounds and programmes misused for subjects, the Coding da Vinci awards ceremony was held on Sunday, 5 July, at the Jewish Museum in Berlin.  

24.06.2015
BAM Portal Screenshot

Berlin/Constance, 24th June 2015 - Joint press statement by the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek and the BAM Consortium:The consortial partners of BAM , the joint portal for Bibliotheken, Archive and Museen (libraries, archives and museums), are recommending the transferral of all BAM data into the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek and have decided unanimously to close down the BAM portal on 30th June 2015 because a permanently operated, nationally based, publicly funded culture portal in the form of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek has emerged, fulfilling the central raison d’être of the BAM portal.

22.06.2015
Das Projekt „Aufbau eines Archivportals-D“ profitiert von weiterer DFG-Förderung

The archive portal D offers free, sector-specific access to archival indexing information, digitalised archive materials - including documents, photographs and artefacts - and general information on archive facilities all throughout Germany. The sub-project of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (DDB), funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), went online in September 2014. It is based on the data and infrastructure of the DDB. The portal is developed and operated under the overall management of the Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg. Now the DFG granted additional one-year funding to construct and expand the project on 1 June - the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek was a co-applicant.

22.06.2015
Der Großstadtziegel, Allegorien und Klangvisualisierungen: Das Finale von Coding da Vinci

The hackers involved in the Coding da Vinci Culture Hackathon have had ten weeks to develop their ideas using material from 47 data sets received from 33 cultural institutions. Now the jury has the task of deciding which of the exciting projects are to be honoured at the upcoming awards ceremony. The projects will be presented in the Jewish Museum Berlin on Sunday 5th July and all interested parties are warmly invited to attend (Register now!).  

18.06.2015
Von Politkabarett und den Gefahren des Nichtwählens: Historische Wahlplakate in der Deutschen Digitalen Bibliothek

“The best place for a politician,” runs a famous line by the German comedian Loriot, “is on an election poster. On a poster he is bearable, silent and easy to get rid of.” And even if today’s posters are no longer the primary tool of election campaigners, a delve through the DDB’s collection of historical posters can throw up some interesting items. From its beginnings in 16th-century Holland during the country’s war with Spain to its move into the pictorial medium for the purposes of advertising, the poster came of age as a significant medium of communication towards the end of the 19th century.

17.06.2015
YOU – Leitmesse für Jugendkultur in Berlin: Die Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek im Palais am Funkturm

The latest edition of ‘YOU – Leitmesse für Jugendkultur’ will be held from 3rd to 5th July at the Messe Berlin exhibition grounds. Academic staff will have their own Teachers’ Lounge in the Palais am Funkturm, where a multitude of stands and speakers will be dispensing information on opportunities open to teachers and pupils. Representatives from the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek will be rubbing shoulders with stallholders from the Allied Museum, the Stasi Records Agency, the German History Museum, the Haus der Geschichte Foundation and Telefonseelsorge Berlin e.V. among other organisations.

08.06.2015
Die Bilder der Digitalisierung – „Der Vergangenheit eine Zukunft. Kulturelles Erbe in der Digitalen Welt“

To accompany the first publication by the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek, “A Future for the Past – Cultural Heritage in a Digital World”, photographer and film theorist Jürgen Keiper has produced an impressive series of photos showing the physical process of digitising material held in libraries and archives. Ranging from the mechanics of book transportation and antique-looking presses to hypermodern scanning robots, the images immerse the viewer in a largely unfamiliar world.

13.05.2015
Die Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek auf dem 104. Bibliothekartag in Nürnberg

‘Libraries – From the Beginning into the Future’ is the motto of the 104th German Librarians Conference, scheduled for 26th to 29th May 2015 in Nuremberg. This year’s conference focuses on the changes brought by digital technology to the library environment and the challenges it poses. In the words of Dr. Klaus-Rainer Brintzinger, Chairman of the Verein Deutscher Bibliothekare, and Prof. Tom Becker, BIB National Executive: ‘Anyone who keeps sight of the changes that have come about in libraries large and small over the last two decades will confirm: libraries are the future!’  

11.05.2015
Wir sind die DDB: Das Geomuseum der WWU Münster

The Geomuseum of the WWU (Westphalian Wilhelm University) is the oldest natural history museum in Westphalia. It was founded in 1824 as "museum mineralogicum et zoologicum" – well before the university itself. The history of the museum is complex, regarding both its location and collection. Extensive parts of its original material are now housed in the much larger LWL museum for natural history, which is a late 19th century spinoff including all biological objects. During World War II, many objects were destroyed or lost as the building succumbed to allied bombs.

 

08.05.2015
70 Jahre Kriegsende – Zeithistorische Dokumente in der Deutschen Digitalen Bibliothek

The unconditional surrender of Germany was signed into effect at the Allied Headquarters in Reims on 7th May 1945 and at the Soviet Headquarters in Berlin-Karlshorst on the night of 8th May. The signing ceremonies ended the Second World War – at least in Europe. To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the cessation of hostilities we now present a number of historical documents – leaflets, photographs and assorted archived items that form part of the material in the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek and relate to different aspects of the final years of the war and the end of fighting.  

08.05.2015
„Kollaboriere oder Scheitere!“ – Wie alles begann bei Coding da Vinci 2015

This year’s edition of the Coding da Vinci culture hackathon was launched on the weekend of the 25th and 26th April. Programmers, design students, representatives from cultural institutions, the Secretary for Cultural Affairs and members of the new generation of hackers gathered for a grand pitch of ideas and data on the premises of Wikimedia Deutschland.

16.04.2015
Kultur-Hackathon Coding da Vinci 2015: Auftakt der Daten, Institutionen und Hacker

In the words of Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek General Manager Frank Frischmuth: ‘Culture and the digital medium feed off one another’, and so it goes: preparations are underway for Coding da Vinci 2015. On 25th and 26th April cultural institutions, hackers and designers will converge for the first time on the premises of Wikimedia Deutschland in Berlin with a view to presenting data, pitching ideas and setting the culture hackathon ball rolling.  

13.04.2015
Persistente Identifikatoren für unterschiedliche Ressourcen aller Kultursparten

How can cultural resources – physical or digital books, files, films, artworks and such like – be allocated a distinct and permanent address so that the associated digital information can be located efficiently on the internet? At the “Mitten im Wandel” Colloquium for archiving processes and technology (24th-27th November 2014) a group of authors representing the German National Library, the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek, the Federal Archives and the Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg presented their concept for a service that enables the issuing of cross-sectoral persistent identifiers (PIs).

02.04.2015
Finden ohne Suche: Ein Interview mit George Oates

From 11-13 February, the EuropeanaTech conference was held at the National Library of France in Paris. During these two days, Joris Pekel, Europeana’s Community Coordinator for Cultural Heritage, interviewed a number of speakers attending the conference to learn more about their work and their vision for the future of digital cultural heritage. For the first in this series, he spoke to Seb Chan, Director of Digital & Emerging Technologies at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and Dan Cohen, executive director of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Here, he talks to George Oates who recently set up her own company Good, Form & Spectacle. Previously, she worked at the Internet Archive and was the founder of Flickr Commons.

31.03.2015
Neue Sammlungen: „Die Welt des Tabaks“ der Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung

The World of Tobacco’ is a film made in 1956 by Alfred Ehrhardt for the Reemtsma company. Ehrhardt documents the journey made by tobacco from seed and harvest in countries such as Rhodesia (today’s Zimbabwe), Turkey, the USA and Greece to its arrival by ship in Hamburg and its processing into cigarettes. During filmmaking a series of striking black-and-white photographs were taken, which can now be viewed in the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek.

26.03.2015
Ein Blick in die Zukunft mit der DPLA: Ein Interview mit Dan Cohen

From 11-13 February, the EuropeanaTech conference was held at the National Library of France in Paris. During these two days, Joris Pekel, Europeana’s Community Coordinator for Cultural Heritage, interviewed a number of speakers attending the conference to learn more about their work and their vision for the future of digital cultural heritage. For the first in this series, he spoke to Seb Chan, Director of Digital & Emerging Technologies at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Here, he talks to Dan Cohen, executive director of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), about the work that the organisation is doing, and the challenges and goals it shares with Europeana.

19.03.2015
Die erste Publikation, viele Gespräche und ein besonderer Jutebeutel: Die Leipziger Buchmesse

This year the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek had its first appearance at the Leipzig Book Fair, held from 12th to 15th March 2015. Unlike its Frankfurt counterpart, the Leipzig fair is truly a book show for the public. During the four days of the Fair visitors of all ages and areas of interest are invited to explore the latest developments in the book market. The figures alone speak volumes: the Fair, featuring 3,000 people involved in the organisation and over 2,000 exhibitors, set a new visitors record with over 250,000 people attending.

17.03.2015
Wir sind die DDB: Die Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung

The Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung (Alfred Ehrhardt Foundation) is committed to promoting the study of the work of Alfred Ehrhardt, a photographer, documentary filmmaker and outstanding representative of the New Objectivity movement. The foundation was established in November 2002 by the artist’s son, the Munich investment manager Dr. Jens Ehrhardt, in order to preserve his father’s artistic legacy and estate—which includes drawings, graphic works, photographs, negatives, films and papers—and make it available to a wide public. In January 2010 the foundation moved from Cologne to Berlin, a step made to enhance the foundation’s public presence.

11.03.2015
Das Museum als Teil des Internets: Ein Interview mit Seb Chan

From 11-13 February 2015, the EuropeanaTech conference was held at the National Library of France in Paris. During the two days, Joris Pekel, Community Coordinator for Cultural Heritage, interviewed a number of speakers attending the conference to learn more about their work and their vision for the future of digital cultural heritage.

05.03.2015
Wir sind die DDB: Die Sächsische Landesbibliothek – Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden (SLUB)

The Saxon State and University Library Dresden (SLUB) is one of the largest and best endowed academic libraries in Germany. The SLUB serves as the university library of Dresden University of Technology. It is the state library of Saxony and a major innovation and coordination center for German and European libraries.

04.03.2015
Neue Sammlungen: Das Historische Bildarchiv der Bundesanstalt für Wasserbau

The Bundesanstalt für Wasserbau (Federal Waterways Engineering and Research Institute) has over 10,000 photographs and images in the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek, rendering 150 years of documented German waterway history accessible to the general public.

The material is surprising and also fascinating. Anyone looking for early pictures of the building and operation of water installations across Germany will find them in the Historical Images Archive of the Bundesanstalt. The photographs focus not only on preparatory work and the construction of installations but also on copies of old plans and prints, which are likewise being added to the Historical Images Archive.

25.02.2015
„Der Vergangenheit eine Zukunft – Kulturelles Erbe in der digitalen Welt“: Die erste Publikation der Deutschen Digitalen Bibliothek

‘Technology transforms our world. In the last twenty years we have seen how all-pervasive digital technologies and their interlinking on the World Wide Web have brought about enormous changes in almost every area of life. Culture is not immune to these developments.

Archives, museums, libraries and scientific and conservational institutions alike are facing huge challenges. How are they to fulfil their social function in a changing and shifting environment? Within what kind of framework are they operating and how does this framework help or hinder the process of giving our past a future?’

23.02.2015
Die Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek präsentiert auf der Leipziger Buchmesse

Germany’s second largest book fair will be held in Leipzig from 12th to 15th March 2015. Attracting approx. 2,000 exhibitors from over 40 countries, the Fair is a meeting place not only for authors and publishers, creative spirits and media representatives, booksellers and librarians, but also for readers, cosplayers and culture enthusiasts from around the world. The theme of this year’s fair is ‘1965 to 2015. Germany – Israel’ and is dedicated to German-Israeli dialogue.

18.02.2015
Karikaturen in der Deutschen Digitalen Bibliothek

Since time immemorial caricatures have come in a variety of guises and served a wide range of purposes as the pictorial means for conveying satire. This month we focus on the illustration as a form of satirical expression and explore the different types of caricatures that have so far been supplied to the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek.

We show caricatures used as tools of propaganda to reinforce political and racist prejudice and caricatures that take aim at received ideas of fashion or beauty or that parody established mores and social conventions.

16.02.2015
Coding da Vinci 2015 – Der Kultur-Hackathon benötigt Unterstützung

What’s the best way to bring together independent developers and designers with cultural institutions and provide them with a platform for communication so that they can discuss ways in which digitised cultural heritage might be put to active use? Answer: ‘Coding da Vinci’, the culture hackathon.

16.02.2015
Neue Sammlungen: Das Tierstimmenarchiv des Museums für Naturkunde, Berlin

The Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek now contains over 12,000 audio recordings from the Animal Voices Archive of the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin. The archive is one of the oldest and largest collections of animal utterances in existence and includes the sounds not only of birds and mammals but also of fish, amphibians, reptiles and invertebrates.

11.02.2015
Wir sind die DDB: Das Museum für Naturkunde Berlin

The ‘Museum für Naturkunde - Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science’ is a research museum within the Leibniz Association. It ranks internationally as one of the most important research institutions devoted to biodiversity and biological and geoscientific evolution.

04.02.2015
Wir sind die DDB: Das Stadtarchiv Speyer
As the main documentation centre devoted to the cultural heritage of Speyer, the city archive is not only a source of information for posterity, in particular future researchers; it is also a repository of legal records, assisting in the resolution of legal issues and, through its maintenance of an ‘intermediary archive’, performing important tasks for the local authorities.
02.02.2015
Meinungsfreiheit – der Kern unserer gemeinsamen kulturellen Identität

It has been almost a month since the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris. In commemoration of the events we would like to publish Europeana's reaction also here:

21.01.2015
Wir sind die DDB: Das Bundesarchiv

The Federal Archives provides public access, for reference purposes, to the key, official sources of information on recent German history. The institution collects and stores, in analogue and digitised form, documents generated in central offices of the Federal Republic (since 1949), the GDR (1949-1990), the zones of occupation (1945-1949), the German Reich (1867/71-1945), the German Confederation (1815-1866) and the Holy Roman Empire (1495-1806).

14.01.2015
Wir sind die DDB: Die Bundesanstalt für Wasserbau

Rivers are a determining feature of the landscape and evolve over time. Pictures document the changes undergone by a river better than the written word can. Over the decades the Federal Water and Shipping Authority and its predecessor organisations have captured the transformation and development of Germany’s waterways in a myriad of photos, creating an important visual record in the process.

13.01.2015
Bienenzucht, Pest und Hausfrauentipps: Historische Ratgeberliteratur
‘How-to’ literature is here to stay. The genre ranges from tips on how to combat chronic procrastination to astrophysics for dummies and is a prized reference source for people tackling New Year’s resolutions, if nothing else. A good time, then, for us to showcase a variety of publications dispensing advice – starting with beekeeping (for those seeking a hobby in 2015)!
05.01.2015
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, "Auf Flügeln des Gesanges" (Heinrich Heine)

With its extensive archives and library, the Heinrich-Heine-Institut of the regional capital, Düsseldorf is a major international centre for research into the life, work and legacy of the poet Heinrich Heine. A number of other departments, such as its Rhenish Literature archive and the Schumann collection, make the Institute a source of information covering a very wide range of fields.

24.11.2014
Zugang gestalten im Hamburger Bahnhof
In his address during the conference John van Oudenaren, Director of the World Digital Library, made the point that ‘There is no literature in Arabic about the Aztecs in Mexico. That is a pioneer's work for us.’ His words encapsulated one of the problems that arise when cultural heritage has to be made accessible from a linguistic as well a technological viewpoint. The problem is the lack of linguistic standardisation where content is displayed in a variety of languages.
13.11.2014
Zeppelinbomben Museum Industriekultur Osnabrück

Done! The 10 millionth dataset has found its niche in the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek. The 10m mark was passed with the inclusion of data from the Museum Industriekultur Osnabrück – a big achievement for the Service Center and the six departments. Over 160 museums, libraries, archives and other cultural institutions are now represented with their collections in the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek and are benefiting from cross-domain presentation.

12.11.2014
Die Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek baut ihre Social Media Aktivitäten aus

Eight months after the launch of our Twitter account we have now had over 1,800 tweets and re-tweets, have over 1,500 followers and are inspiring many comments and conversations. We are now extending our social-media activities to Facebook and are going live today.

11.11.2014

In an atmosphere effused with the empathy of the general public and people around the globe, Germany – and Berlin in particular – recently finished celebrating the opening of the inner-German border 25 years ago. The festivities and commemorative events organised to mark the fall of the Wall on 9th November 1989 are a more than fitting occasion for the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek, too, to dig out testimonies and artwork recalling the eventful history of the two Germanies.

05.11.2014
Fünfzehn Kriegsgefangene, teils stehend, teils sitzend an Tischen beim Verteilen von Paketen

The massive distortions and devastation brought about by war had a huge influence on the development of Europe in the 20th century. Until 16th November the 6th European Month of Photography in Berlin is showing photographic material and other images from these wars. The Festival’s exhibitions and events will address social, historical and aesthetic issues relating to this year’s theme, “Upheavals and Utopias. The other Europe”.

27.10.2014
„Da, wo Sprache ist, ist Welt“: Die Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek bei „Zugang gestalten!“
In recent years digitisation has done much to facilitate access to cultural heritage. What changes has this meant for museums, archives and libraries? The fourth international ‘Shaping Access’ conference ("Shaping Access! More Responsibility for Cultural Heritage") will present a status analysis of projects concerned with the digitisation of cultural material.
22.10.2014
„Recht und Digitalisierung – Wo steht die DDB?“ – Eine Zusammenfassung

At the Frankfurt Book Fair the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek organised a panel discussion to address the legal ramifications of digitisation and the challenges associated with making cultural heritage available to the public in digital form – from the dual perspectives of users and cultural organisations.

22.10.2014
Zwei Premieren, eine Broschüre und viele Besucher: Die Frankfurter Buchmesse 2014

This year’s Book Fair meant two different premieres for the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek. It was the first time that the cooperation project had had its own stand at the Fair and the first time that it had hosted a discussion. The panel event entitled ‘Digitisation and the Law: What is the DDB’s position?’ was followed by a reception.

14.10.2014
Das Ganze ist mehr als die Summe seiner Teile - FH Potsdam veröffentlicht Beta-Version interaktiver Visualisierungen der Deutschen Digitalen Bibliothek

How can we go about making a collection of digitised cultural objects, numbering 10 million at the last count, fathomable and manageable for the people who use it? A group of students at the University of Potsdam have come up with a series of interactive visualisations that open up fresh perspectives on the material held in the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek. It's a 'work in progress' this beta version and its development will be continued.

08.10.2014
Seelenvogel (Grabschmuck)

From 8 –12 October the attention of the world’s book lovers will be focused on the Frankfurt Book Fair. As always, a country has been selected as Guest of Honour; this year Finland and its cultural diversity will be at the centre of attention, with over 500 events inviting visitors to familiarise themselves with the literature and broader culture of the Scandinavian country.

08.10.2014
Virtuelle Ausstellung „Das Gedächtnis des Tanzes” ist online

The Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (DDB) has launched its second virtual exhibition, ‘The Memory of Dance’. This detailed excursion through a history of disparate dance forms is interspersed with numerous multimedia illustrations and much complementary material and can be viewed online in the DDB.

26.09.2014
Recht und Digitalisierung: Wo steht die DDB? Rundgespräch und Empfang auf der Buchmesse Frankfurt

The Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek is a central access point for users wishing to view the cultural heritage of Germany. Yet if we are to have lasting access to this digital memory bank of culture there has to be a solid legal framework. With its newly released publication, ‘Eine gute Grundlage. Rechtliche Voraussetzungen der Kooperation mit der Deutschen Digitalen Bibliothek’ [‘A solid foundation. Legal requirements to be met when collaborating with the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek], the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek supports its partners in their work and sets out the legal parameters for collaboration.

24.09.2014

From 8th to 12th October 2014 Frankfurt am Main will host the world’s largest book and media fair. Attracting approx. 7,000 exhibitors from 100 countries, the Fair is a meeting place for authors and publishers, creative spirits and media representatives, booksellers and librarians, readers and culture enthusiasts from around the world. This year’s focus is on Finland.

24.09.2014
Archivportal Logo

Today marks the public launch of Archivportal-D at the 84th German Archive Conference. Freely accessible online at www.archivportal-d.de, the platform enables users to comb Germany’s archives in the course of their research and to do so free of charge. This in turn allows users to plan their research trips and visits to archives more efficiently.

08.09.2014
Logo Archivtag

The 84th German Archive Conference will be held in Magdeburg from 24th – 27th September. The theme of the largest European congress devoted to the archiving profession will be New Ways of Accessing Archives – User, Usage, Usability.

28.08.2014
The ever-growing DDB is presenting the public with a multimedia array of cultural and scientific content that is a feast for the ear as well as the eye. The Saxon State and University Library Dresden (SLUB), for example, is already providing DDB users with access to unique items in its media library, including material from the ‘Archive of Voices’ project.
28.07.2014
You Logo

From 27th to 29th June 2014 Berlin will host the ‘YOU’ the leading fair for youth culture and education, an event aimed at young people, teachers and trainers.

08.07.2014
Kultur-Hackathon „Coding da Vinci“ – Kultur und Digitales profitieren voneinander

Last weekend saw the awards ceremony marking the end of the first German culture hackathon, ‘Coding da Vinci’. 16 cultural institutions had made their data available to programmers, designers and gamers, who spent ten weeks working with the content under open licence. On Sunday, prior to the awards ceremony, they presented their ideas and applications to the public.

20.06.2014

The Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (DDB) is hosting, together with its partners, the first German culture hackathon. Participants are invited to present their results in Berlin, followed by an awards ceremony.

27.05.2014
Die Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek auf dem 103. Bibliothekartag in Bremen

The 103rd National Librarians Day (slogan: “Libraries open up Worlds”) will be held from 3rd to 6th June 2014. The congress provides library specialists from Germany and abroad with a platform from which to discuss and analyse current developments, trends and challenges relating to libraries and education.

12.05.2014
Fußball Schuh

Many people live and breathe football as a matter of course, but the sport is currently even more in the spotlight. Far from heralding the start of a football-free period, this year the close of the Bundesliga season will mark the start of the run-up to the FIFA World Cup finals, to be held in Brazil between 12th June and 13th July.

17.04.2014
Wir sind die DDB: Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg Carl von Ossietzky

Die Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg Carl von Ossietzky (SUB HH) ist mit 4 Millionen Medien Hamburgs größte wissenschaftliche Allgemeinbibliothek und gleichzeitig die zentrale Bibliothek der Universität Hamburg und der anderen Hochschulen der Stadt. Sie dient der Literatur- und Informationsversorgung von Wissenschaft, Kultur, Presse, Wirtschaft und Verwaltung sowie aller interessierten Bürgerinnen und Bürger.

11.04.2014
„Coding da Vinci“ – Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek veranstaltet ersten deutschen Kultur-Hackathon

From 26th April to 6th July the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek will be teaming up with the Service Center for Digitizatin Berlin, the Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland and Wikimedia Deutschland to host the first “Coding da Vinci” hackathon in Berlin.

10.04.2014
Präsentation der ersten Vollversion der Deutschen Digitalen Bibliothek (DDB) – Aufzeichnung und Fotos der öffentlichen Informationsveranstaltung

The second video in the “Culture and Knowledge Online” series launched by the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek is now online. It takes as its subject the public information event held in Berlin on 31st March 2014 to mark the presentation of the first full version of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek.

01.04.2014
Präsentation der ersten Vollversion der Deutschen Digitalen Bibliothek (DDB) – Aufzeichnung und Fotos der öffentlichen Informationsveranstaltung

31.3.2014 marked the presentation of the first full version of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (DDB). The public event was the largest event organised by the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek on its own account. Over 300 of Germany’s culture and media professionals, policy makers and representatives from scientific institutions converged on the Gemäldegalerie (Gallery of Old Masters) to learn about the current state of development of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek. The launch was also a chance for project managers, supporters and associates of the DDB to exchange information and ideas.

31.03.2014
Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek präsentiert erste Vollversion
The Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (DDB), which went online at the end of 2012 in the first publicly accessible version of the www.deutsche-digitale-bibliothek.de portal, is bringing its beta phase to a close. The first full version of the www.deutsche-digitale-bibliothek.de portal was presented today in the Wandelhalle of the Gemäldegalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (Gallery of Old Masters, National Museums in Berlin) by Monika Grütters, Minister of State for Culture and the Media, Brunhild Kurth, Vice-President of the Conference of Education Ministers and Saxon Minister for Culture, Hermann Parzinger, President of the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation) and Spokesman for the Board of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek, Jill Cousins, Executive Director of the Europeana Foundation, and Frank Frischmuth, General Manager of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek.
28.03.2014

The Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek allows centralised, unrestricted, cross-domain and multi-media access to the scientific and cultural heritage of Germany. Millions of data sets are already digitally retrievable covering all cultural domains and encompassing archived material, images of all kinds, books, sculptures, music, films and scores.

28.03.2014
Objekt des Monats: Familienbuch der Rabbinerfamilie Rosenberg

This manuscript currently viewable in the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek is a rich source of material on Jewish family research and the history of Jewish rituals. It was begun in 1825 and ends with the final entry made in 1916. Documents from the 18th and 19th centuries, written by Jews for Jews and featuring rabbi families of the Lower Rhineland plain, are very rare.

10.03.2014
Suche des Monats: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

On 8th March 1714, three hundred years ago, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach was born in Weimar. During his lifetime Carl Philipp was more popular than his father, Johann Sebastian Bach, who enjoys greater worldwide fame today. With his compositions, sacred music and not least his major contributions to the teaching of music he was an important figure in the years between the Baroque period and the First Viennese School.

07.03.2014

Since the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek has gone to the Internet with its beta version in late 2012, a lot has happened: millions of new contents – books, archival documents, paintings, sculptures, films, sheet music and sound recordings – have been added. We have thus come a good deal closer to our goal, which is to crosslink, as a central access portal, the German national cultural and scientific facilities and their digital products.

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26.02.2014
Reihe „Kultur und Wissen online“: Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek startet Thementrailer-Reihe

Last year the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek launched a series of videos bearing the umbrella title of “Culture and knowledge online”. The short videos will illustrate the breadth and depth of the areas in which the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek is active.

The first video focuses on the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek in its role as host of conferences addressing issues of digitisation and access to cultural heritage in the digital sphere.

10.02.2014
Zum 450. Geburtstag von Galileo Galilei, dem Wegbereiter der modernen Naturwissenschaften

Galilei’s (1564-1642) eventful story begins in Pisa, where he is born on 15th February 1564 as the eldest son in a patrician family. His father Vincenzo is a composer and music theorist, an artist to the core and well connected with the court of the Medicis in Florence, where the family moves in 1574. Galileo learns to play the lute, attends school in a monastery and has his first experience of acoustic instruments and life on the fringe of the court. At his father’s behest he reluctantly enrols as a student of medicine at Pisa University, where he discovers his love for mathematics.

06.02.2014
Ford Taunus

Jeder Mensch weiß: Werbung soll zum Kauf von Produkten und Dienstleistungen animieren, die Identifikation der Konsumenten mit den Anbietern befördern, sowie Marken auf dem Markt etablieren und halten. Doch über ihren unmittelbaren, kommerziellen Zweck hinaus ist Werbung auch Indikator für individuelle Wünsche und Bedürfnisse – die ein ideales Marketing adressiert –, sowie Reflektion kollektiver Befindlichkeiten und Selbstbildnisse. Und nicht zuletzt gibt uns Werbung rückblickend erhellenden Aufschluss über die sozialen, ökonomischen und ästhetischen Setzungen ihrer Zeit.

24.01.2014
Konferenz „Unlocking Sources – The First World War online & Europeana“ am 30. und 31. Januar 2014 in Berlin

The year 2014 is set to remind people around the globe of the outbreak of the First World War one hundred years ago. Over recent years many cultural institutions across Europe have been transferring film footage and handwritten and printed material onto digital media. Countless books, photos, films, posters, manuscripts and song lyrics are now available online. On 30th and 31st January 2014, to mark the centenary, the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (Berlin State Library) will host a conference entitled “Unlocking Sources – The First World War Online & Europeana” (www.unlocking-sources.eu/).

15.01.2014

“EU copyright policy must move with the times” declared EU Single Market Commissioner Michel Barnier at the launch of a public consultation as part of a review of EU copyright regulations. The issues raised are of enormous significance to the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek. The Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek’s objective of offering free, media-unspecific access to culture and knowledge via the internet can only be achieved within the parameters set by copyright law.

12.11.2013
Zugang gestalten! – Mehr Verantwortung für das kulturelle Erbe

This year, for the first time, the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek will take part in the “Shaping Access! - More Responsibility for Cultural Heritage” conference, which will be held on 28th and 29th November 2013 in the Jewish Museum in Berlin.

Experts and professionals working in the fields of culture, politics, business and civil society will spend two days addressing issues relating to access to cultural heritage in the information age.

04.11.2013

Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (DDB) has made its API available to the public. API stands for ‘application programming interface’ and enables external applications, for example, websites and mobile apps to access the DDB database via the Internet.

03.09.2013

A new release of the back and front end of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (DDB) was launched on 27 August, featuring a range of functions that were implemented in the second milestone of this year’s project.

18.06.2013
Wir sind die DDB: Deutsches Filminstitut

The Deutsches Filminstitut was established in 1949, making it the oldest film institute in the Federal Republic. Working in partnership with the Federal Archive / Film Archive and the Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek, both Berlin organisations, the Deutsches Filminstitut, based in Frankfurt am Main and Wiesbaden, fulfils the function of a centralised, German film archive. Since 2006 the Institute has also managed the Deutsches Filmmuseum, which, with its cinema and exhibition operations, is one of the most important cultural institutions in Germany.

11.06.2013
Thema des Monats: Fälschungen als Kulturgut

Thirty years have now passed since Hitler’s diaries were exposed as fakes. Forgeries may not be the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of history and culture, and yet they have often played an important role in history – especially as they were not always exposed as quickly as the Hitler diaries were.

31.05.2013
Wir sind die DDB: Bibliotheksservice-Zentrum Baden-Württemberg

The Bibliotheksservice-Zentrum Baden-Württemberg (Library Service Centre, BSZ) provides services to academic and public libraries, archives and museums, offering access to databases, online portals, support, hosting and much more.

13.05.2013
Wir sind die DDB: Das Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg

As the cultural competence centre for southwest Germany, the Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg is responsible for protecting, preserving, and providing access to the state’s archival collections as an integral part of the region’s cultural heritage and cultural memory.

12.04.2013
Gesetzentwurf zur Nutzung „verwaister“ Werke ist ein wichtiger Schritt bei der Digitalisierung des kulturellen Erbes

The Federal German Cabinet agreed on draft legislation on the use of orphan and out-of-commerce works this week. The chair of the board of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (DDB) Competence Network, Prof. Dr. Hermann Parzinger, welcomed the draft, saying it was an important contribution to furthering the Herculean task of digitising our cultural heritage.

10.04.2013
Thema des Monats: Robert Koch

The 24th of March has been commemorated as World Tuberculosis Day for over 30 years as a way of keeping the memory and awareness of tuberculosis alive. On 24 March 1882, exactly 131 years ago, the ‘father of bacteriology’ Robert Koch delivered his famous lecture ‘On Tuberculosis’ to the Physiological Society of Berlin. It caused a worldwide sensation. Already famous at this point in his career, the physician and microbiologist presented to the audience the pathogen, viewed under microscopes and on cultures.

20.03.2013
Von der Registrierung bis zur Aufnahme in die Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek

Scores of cultural and scientific institutions have already signed up to the DDB and more are joining each day. They are eager to contribute their metadata and digital objects to us to make them widely available via our website. The great response and uptake has been very heartening! It means that we are getting ever closer to our goal of offering everyone and anyone free access via the Internet to Germany’s rich cultural and scientific heritage. In effect, this means access to millions of books, archived material, monuments, paintings, sculptures, musical performances and other sound recordings, films, and musical scores.

13.03.2013
Wir sind die DDB: Das TECHNOSEUM Landesmuseum für Technik und Arbeit in Mannheim

The TECHNOSEUM Landesmuseum für Technik und Arbeit in Mannheim is among the top three museums of technology in Germany in terms of size. Users of the DDB also profit from its extensive collection: so far the Mannheim-based museum has provided access to just under 7000 documents via the DDB website. The TECHNOSEUM researches and showcases the history of technology and its manifold impact on the working conditions of the populace as a whole. With a large exhibition space at its disposal (around 8000 square metres in all), the TECHNOSEUM takes visitors on a tour through 200 years of the history of industrialization.

13.03.2013
Suche des Monats: Joseph von Eichendorff

This year, 2013, will mark the 225th anniversary of the birth of a key figure of German Romanticism whose significance remains undiminished to this day: Joseph Karl Benedikt Freiherr von Eichendorff. The poet and novelist was born on 10 March 1788 in Schloss Lubowitz near Ratibor, Upper Silesia, in what is now Poland.

21.02.2013
Wir sind die DDB: Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek

The brief of the German National Library is basically to collect Germany's published cultural and scientific heritage since 1913, to preserve it for posterity and to make it accessible for use. It is based in two locations: Leipzig (founded in 1912) and in Frankfurt am Main (founded in 1946).

11.02.2013
Wir sind die DDB: Das Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte in Berlin

The Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science – MPIWG) is one of eighty research institutes in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities administered by the Max Planck Society. Based in Berlin, it was established in 1994 as an international research center for the history of science in Germany.

07.02.2013
Arien aus „Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg“, aufgenommen 1920, aus dem Archiv der SLUB Dresden.

The year 2013 will mark both the 200th anniversary of Richard Wagner birth and the 130th anniversary of his death. Countless events will be held in honor of the famous composer, especially in Leipzig, where he was born, and Bayreuth, which is most closely associated with his work.

07.02.2013
Objekt des Monats: Medaille „Frieden von Hubertusburg“ von G.W. Kittel

Breslau (Wrocław) medallist and punch cutter Georg Wilhelm Kittel paid tribute to the Treaty of Hubertusburg concluded about 250 years ago with this gold medal. The peace treaties between Prussia, Austria and Saxony signed on 15 February 1763 at Hubertusburg Palace in Saxony ended the Seven Years’ War.  

08.01.2013
Wie „offen“ ist die DDB?

Many inquiries and reports on the occasion of the beta-launch of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (DDB) revolved around the question of how „open“ the DDB is, especially in comparison to Europeana.

07.01.2013
Objekt des Monats: Der Maya Codex

With the Maya Codex, an exhibit of the Saxon State and University Library Dresden (SLUB) was in the focus of worldwide interest these past weeks. This was due to the fact that the Mayan calendar supposedly prophesied the end of the world for December 21, 2012. The fact that the Maya did not actually link an apocalypse with this date, but merely the end of a 400-year calendar cycle, did not detract from the fascination.

20.12.2012
Suche des Monats: Die Brüder Grimm

200 years ago, on December 20, 1812, the first copies of the "Children's and Household Tales" by the Brothers Grimm were published. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm edited the collection of fairy tales, which is today considered to be the most successful book in German language, from 1812 to 1858.

04.12.2012
Aufzeichnung der Pressekonferenz zum Betalaunch der Deutschen Digitalen Bibliothek (DDB)

In Berlin’s Altes Museum on the city’s Museum Island, Hermann Parzinger, President of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation and Spokesperson for the Board of the DDB Competence Network, Elke Harjes-Ecker, Head of the Culture Department at Thuringia’s Ministry of Education, Science and Culture and Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the DDB Competence Network, Matthias Harbort, Head of New Media for the Federal Government Representative for Culture and Media and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees, as well as Jill Cousins, Executive Director of the Europeana Foundation, introduced the new portal together.

28.11.2012
Das ist die Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek!

What contents does the DDB provide? How can I use the portal? What advantages does a cultural or scientific institution have from making its contents available here? Professor Hermann Parzinger, President of Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz and Chairman of the Board of DDB will provide you with answers to these and many other questions about the new portal. He will introduce this ambitious project and show what research options the DDB already provides today and what functions are soon to be added.

28.11.2012
Erste öffentliche Betaversion der Deutschen Digitalen Bibliothek gestartet

The Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (DDB) goes online for the general public today at www.deutsche-digitale-bibliothek.de. In Berlin’s Altes Museum on the city’s Museum Island, Hermann Parzinger, President of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation and Spokesperson for the Board of the DDB Competence Network,  Elke Harjes-Ecker, Head of the Culture Department at Thuringia’s Ministry of Education, Science and Culture and Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the DDB Competence Network,  Matthias Harbort, Head of New Media for the Federal Government Representative for Culture and Media and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees, as well as Jill Cousins, Executive Director of the Europeana Foundation, today introduced the new portal together.

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28.11.2012
Objekt des Monats: Die Modellbüste der Königin Nofretete

This is where every month we will be showing you a selected object that can be found using the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek. It may be an object that is of particular relevance at the present time, perhaps one time something unexpected and, another time, something well-known. By doing this, we would like to show you the sheer breadth of our inventory and entice you, the user, to embark on a journey of discovery into Germany’s cultural and scientific landscape.

28.11.2012
Wir sind die DDB: Das Düsseldorfer Hetjens-Museum mit der weltweit größten Keramiksammlung

Many cultural and scientific institutions are already a part of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek and the number is growing every day. Famous museums and research facilities are on board, but also many smaller institutions that are certainly worth discovering. We would like to introduce, in no particular order, the institutions that are participating in the DDB and give you and impression of how varied and exciting Germany’s cultural and scientific landscape is. Our very first in this series is the Hetjens-Museum in Düsseldorf.

28.11.2012
Suche des Monats: Johann Sebastian Bach

In this section, we aim to shed some light on the objects that can be found in the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (DDB) by looking at sample search terms that will be changing regularly. For the portal launch we have decided to look at the search ‘Johann Sebastian Bach’.