What is a digital library

The German Digital Library (DDB) www.ddb.de is the central, fully publicly operated, national access portal for culture and science in Germany. Its aim is to gradually link the digital offers of the German cultural and scientific institutions with one another and make them accessible.

The DDB emerged from an EU initiative to digitize cultural heritage in Europe ("i2010: Digital Library"). The aim is to access, disseminate and preserve scientific information in the digital age. At the European level, Europeana exists as a digital library.

For Germany and as a contribution to Europeana www.europeana.eu, the federal, state and local governments have jointly decided to set up the "German Digital Library" (DDB). The Kultusministerkonferenz has coordinated the procedure on the country side.

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With the DDB, Germany has the opportunity to present its cultural and scientific wealth in all its diversity nationally and internationally. With digitization, the conditions for information in research, teaching and business are fundamentally improved by the wide availability of what was previously only available in individual libraries, archives and museums, by creating access to the entire range of information via any Internet connection regardless of time and place . The DDB will network databases and portals of over 30,000 cultural and scientific institutions under a single national access portal. The first full version of the DBB was launched on March 31, 2014.