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11.04.2014

“Coding da Vinci” – Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek organises Germany’s first culture 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.

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Themed film No. 2: Presentation of first full version – Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek

10.04.2014

Themed film No. 2: Presentation of first full version – 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.

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Presentation of first fully-fledged version of Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (DDB) – Photos and footage of public information event

01.04.2014

Presentation of first full version of Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (DDB) – Photos and footage of public information event

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.

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Präsentation der ersten Vollversion der Deutschen Digitalen Bibliothek (DDB) am 31. März 2014 in der Wandelhalle der Gemäldegalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.

31.03.2014

Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek presents first full version

Berlin, 31st March 2014 - 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.

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Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

28.03.2014

Object of the Month: Generation Book of the Rosenberg family of rabbis

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.

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Mitarbeiter der Geschäftsstelle der Deutschen Digitalen Bibliothek

28.03.2014

We are the DDB: Central Office of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek

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.

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Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

10.03.2014

Search of the Month: 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.

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07.03.2014

Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek: Presentation of the first full version

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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Digitisation Discourse 01

26.02.2014

“Culture and knowledge online” – Launch of Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek series of themed films

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.

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Galileo Galilei

10.02.2014

The 450th anniversary of the birth of Galileo Galilei, the father of modern science

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.

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Ford Taunus

06.02.2014

Objekt des Monats: Werbefilme der 1950er und 1960er Jahre

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.

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24.01.2014

Conference: “Unlocking Sources – The First World War online & Europeana”, 30th-31st January 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.

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15.01.2014

A call to take part in the Europe-wide discussion on copyright law

“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.

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12.11.2013

Shaping Access! – More Responsibility for Cultural Heritage

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.

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04.11.2013

Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek releases API

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.

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03.09.2013

Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek: the latest release with new feature “My DDB”

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.

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18.06.2013

We are the 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.

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Urkunde aus dem Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg

11.06.2013

Topic of the month: forgeries as cultural assets

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.

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31.05.2013

We are the DDB: Bibliotheksservice-Zentrum Baden-Württembergg

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.

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13.05.2013

We are the DDB: the 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.

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>Piktogramm Paragraph

12.04.2013

Draft legislation on the use of ‘orphan’ works is an important step forward in the digitisation of our cultural heritage

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..

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Robert Koch

10.04.2013

Topic of the month: 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.

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Die Servicestelle der DDB

20.03.2013

Signing up as a partner, the ingest procedure to becoming part of the DDB

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

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13.03.2013

We are the DDB: the 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.

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Joseph Karl Benedikt Freiherr von Eichendorff

13.03.2013

Search of the month: 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.

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21.02.2013

We are the DDB: The German National Library

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).

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11.02.2013

We are the DDB: The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science 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. The MPIWG is dedicated to the study of the history of science: its aim is to understand scientific thinking and practice as historical phenomena.

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Medaille „Frieden von Hubertusburg“

07.02.2013

Object of the month: Medal "Peace of Hubertusburg" by GW Kittel

With this gold medal, the Breslau medalist and engraver Georg Wilhelm Kittel commemorated the Frieden von Hubertusburg, forged almost exactly 250 years ago. The peace treaties between Prussia, Austria and Saxony, signed on 15 February 1763 in the Saxon Schloss Hubertusburg, ended the Seven Years' War.

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Arien aus Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

07.02.2013

Search of the month: Richard Wagner

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.

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Das CC zero Symbol

08.01.2013

How „open“ is the 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.

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Maya Codex

07.01.2013

Object of the month: The Mayan 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.

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Gebrüder Grimm

20.12.2012

Search of the month: The Brothers Grimm

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.

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Imagefilm

04.12.2012

Recording of the press conference for the launch of the beta-version of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (DDB)

This is a recording of the press conference for the launch of the beta-version of the DDB, which was initially broadcast as a live stream.

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Imagefilm

28.11.2012

This is the 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.

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28.11.2012

First public beta version of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek is launched

Berlin, 28 November 2012 – 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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Nofretete

28.11.2012

Object of the month: The Model Bust of Queen Nefertit

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. To celebrate the anniversary of its discovery on 6 December 1912, we have chosen the Model Bust of Queen Nefertit to launch our portal.

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Laurenz Heinrich Hetjens 1865

28.11.2012

We are the DDB: Düsseldorf’s Hetjens Museum with the world’s largest collection of ceramics

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.

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Johann Sebastian Bach

28.11.2012

Search of the month: 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’.

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