An Eventful Year – Our Christmas Greetings 2018

Ladies and Gentlemen,
dear partners, friends and supporters of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek,
dear colleagues,

2018 was a very eventful year for the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek, in which we were able to achieve some special things – not least thanks to you!

It is particularly worth highlighting the joint decision of the Federal Government and the States to finance the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek sustainably and on a long-term basis and to press ahead with its development into the central platform for culture and knowledge in Germany. This solid basis makes it possible for us to continue on our way to our goal of making the cultural heritage of Germany accessible online as comprehensively and simply as possible.

Particular highlights for us in 2018 were the completion of the special project to modernise the DDB’s basic architecture and its successful implementation as well as the first DDBforum in June, our new network and specialist event. More than 140 participants from the cultural, technological and digital sectors accepted our invitation to Berlin and were able to inform themselves about the current state of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek and to exchange views on the latest developments.

And it will continue to be exciting in 2019:

With the project ‘DDB newspaper portal’, which will be launched at the beginning of 2019 and funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) (German Research Foundation), a  special portal for historical newspapers should be created in the next two years, which will present all of the digitised newspaper holdings available in Germany and make these searchable  in the medium term.

In the DFG project  ‘Weimarer Republik’ (‘Weimar Republic’) (already launched in 2018), new thematic access points around the subject area ‘Weimar Republic’ will be developed on the basis of our Archivportal-D (; these will make it easier to find content and will supplement the access with a search.

Our culture hackathon ‘Coding da Vinci’ (, initiated jointly by the DDB, digiS Berlin, the Open Knowledge Foundation and Wikimedia Deutschland in 2014, will also be continued in 2019 with two events, which will bring together cultural institutions, developers/designers and other creative persons. An administrative office for Coding da Vinci will be established by the Federal Cultural Foundation in 2019 to consolidate and further develop this successful format. 

Our special thanks also this year to all colleagues in the many cultural and knowledge institutions from all sectors, who are working on the joint development and expansion of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek. All this would not be possible without their great commitment and the participation of our many partners, who are likewise involved in the access to digital cultural heritage.

It is, however, our approximately 400 data partners – archives, libraries, museums, institutions for the preservation of historical monuments, media libraries and other knowledge institutions from all over Germany – whose digital holdings and collections make the special wealth and diversity of cultural heritage visible via the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek. More than 24 million data sets relating to documents, books, museum objects, musical works, photographs, films, monuments and many other cultural treasures have been made accessible online in the meantime and can be found via our portal.

Moreover, we work together with many partners who, like us, are designing the access to digital cultural heritage – at this point we would like to sincerely thank them for the intensive discussions, their support and encouragement!

We wish you all a successful and exciting year in 2019 and look forward to meeting you again personally on some occasion or other!

The Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek


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DDB wall calendar 2019, Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek
DDB wall calendar 2019, Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek, Culture and Knowledge Online, Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek, Geschäftsstelle c/o: Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, von-der-Heydt-Str.16-18, 10785 Berlin, Berlin 2017, Format 42.0 x 59.4 cm

This year again we would like to enclose a DDB wall calendar with our thanks, to accompany you throughout the coming year!

Ordering the DDB wall calendar

If you also wish to receive the DDB wall calendar 2019, please send us an e-mail with your full and correct postal address to geschaeftsstelle [at] We will then send you the calendar free of charge (as long as stocks last).