Background

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.

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

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.

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

“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

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.

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.

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

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.