Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek

HEDLINE: Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek officially launched

The first full version of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek was officially launched on March 31st. The DDB has been online in an open beta version since late 2012.

The objective of this digital library is to give everybody access to German cultural and scientific heritage free of charge and is part of a bigger European initiative called Europeana.

Key Takeaway

The initiative had long been in the making, officials started working on the project in 2007. Federal Government adopted DDB in December 2009 in the Cabinet.

Being a hub for more than 100 institutions across Germany, DDB has gathered more than eight million digital units so far. The collection includes books, images, sculpture, archived items, pieces of music and other audio documents, films and scores.

Besides aiming at school children and the interested general public, the DDB specifically hopes to be able to attract also those who rarely go to museums and in exhibitions through this specially designed platform.

Those who opt in and open a personal account will have access to a “personal area” to create lists of favorite items, create notes and display these on their personal pages which might actually be a nice option for teachers to assign individual students to tasks they could later present to the class.

DDB would also provide researchers with a new and improved way to obtain the information necessary for their work according to German Minister of Culture Kurth. Here, the improved semantic connections between items will come in handy.

The Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek is part of a bigger European initiative, called Europeana, the European digital platform. This European cultural platform has the aim of creating a European cultural memory and has been gathering information since 2008.

The number of items in Europeana currently is 30 million, 4.5 of which come from the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek and thus make it the biggest contributor to the European digital platform.

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Kirsten Winkler

Founder & Editor-in-Chief at EDUKWEST
Kirsten Winkler is the founder and editor of EDUKWEST.