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.
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.
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.
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.
As everyone knows, the aim of advertising is to persuade people to buy goods and services, to encourage consumers to identify with producers and manufacturers and to establish and foster brands in a particular market, yet this utilitarian end is not the only motive.
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.
“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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
With the Mayan 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.
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.
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.
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.
Berlin, 28 November 2012 – The Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (DDB) goes online for the general public today at www.deutche-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.
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.
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.
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’.