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:

  • Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
  • Bibliotheksservicezentrum Baden-Württemberg
  • Bremer Landesamt für Denkmalpflege
  • Bundesarchiv
  • Deutsches Dokumentationszentrum für Kunstgeschichte - Bildarchiv Foto Marburg / Philipps-Universität Marburg
  • Deutsches Filminstitut
  • Deutsche Nationalbibliothek
  • digiCULT-Verbund eG
  • Digitales Kunst- und Kulturarchiv Düsseldorf (d:kult) / Kulturamt der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf
  • FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz-Institut für Informationsinfrastruktur
  • Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg
  • Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte
  • Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen, hier das Göttinger Digitalisierungszentrum (GDZ)
  • Sächsische Landesbibliothek – Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden
  • Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz


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. Gerald Maier, President of the Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg
  • Gero Dimter, Deputy Spokesperson of the Board, Vice President Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz
  • Dr. Dorothea Sommer, Deputy Director General of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (Deputy)
  • Dr. Clemens Rehm, Deputy President of the Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg (Deputy)

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:

  • Dr. Angela Göllnitz, Federal Government representative for Culture and Media
  • Elke Harjes-Ecker, Thüringer Staatskanzlei 
  • Karlheinz Pappenberger, Ministry for Science, Research and Art  Baden-Wuerttemberg
  • Dr. Jan-Ole Püschel, Federal Government representative for Culture and Media 
  • Dr. Udo Schäfer, Head of the Hamburg State Archive
  • Erwin Schwärzer, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community
  • Christina Stausberg, Association of German Cities and Towns
  • Dr. Malte Welschoff, Federal Ministry of Education and Research
  • Dr. Ronald Werner, Saxony State Ministry of Science, Culture and Tourism

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
Zimmerstraße 27 
10969 Berlin

Manager of Finances, Law, Communication & Marketing
Dr. Julia Spohr 

Phone: +49 (0)30 / 266-41 1432
Fax: +49 (0)30 / 266-31 1432
E-mail: j.spohr [at]