Competence Network

Underpinning the work of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (DDB) is a competence network: participating cultural and scientific institutions, supported by federal, state and local authorities, exchange information and contribute their combined experience to the joint task of expanding the DDB.

Bodies within the competence network include the General Meeting, the Board and the Board of Trustees. The Board and Trustees are supported in their work by an administrative office.

General Meeting

The founding members of the competence network are designated by mutual agreement of the Conference of Education Ministers, associations of local authorities and the Federal Government, and appointed by the Board of Trustees. In practice, members can and should be incorporated into the competence network.

The decision to appoint new members is made by the DDB’s Board of Trustees using the following criteria:

  • profile in the field of digitalisation, through expertise of national or international significance;
  • leadership or valuable contribution to the development of concepts, procedures, tools or standards of national or international significance;
  • valuable contribution in a matter of Europe-wide concern.

The General Meeting currently includes:

Board

The Board represents the competence network and the DDB in the wider world and comprises up to three people and their deputies. It is elected for a term of two years by the General Meeting. Re-election is allowed.

  • Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Hermann Parzinger (also Spokesperson of the Board), President of the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz
  • Dr. Klaus Ceynowa, Director General of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
  • Prof. Dr. Robert Kretzschmar, President of the Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg
  • Prof. Dr. Günther Schauerte, Vice President of the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz
  • Dr. Dorothea Sommer, Deputy Director General of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
  • Prof. Dr. Gerald Maier, Vice President of the Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is responsible for supervising the competence network. The DDB Board of Trustees is made up of four members chosen by the Conference of Education Ministers, a further four appointed by the Federal Government with an additional member representing the Association of German Cities and Towns, appointed by the Federal Association of Local Authority Organisations.

The members of the Board of Trustees are:

  • Matthias Harbort, Federal Government representative for Culture and Media (Chair)
  • Elke Harjes-Ecker, Thüringer Staatskanzlei (Deputy Chair)
  • Christina Stausberg, Association of German Cities and Towns
  • Peter Batt, Federal Ministry of the Interior
  • Dr. Hans-Josef Linkens, Federal Ministry of Education and Research
  • Dr. Till Manning, Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture
  • Dr. Susanne Olbertz, Federal Government representative for Culture and Media
  • Dr. Udo Schäfer, Head of the Hamburg State Archive
  • Dr. Ronald Werner, Saxony State Ministry of Science and Art

Administrative office

The administrative office of the DDB competence network is seated within the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation) in Berlin.

Administrative office Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek
Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz
Genthiner Str. 38
10785 Berlin

Frank Frischmuth
General Manager Finances, Law, and Communication

Phone: +49 (0)30 / 266-41 1432
Fax: +49 (0)30 / 266-31 1432
E-mail: geschaeftsstelle [at] deutsche-digitale-bibliothek.de