6 Dec 2012

German Digital Library launched

The Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (beta) launched last week as the central, digital open access point to Germany’s cultural and scientific heritage. Despite the fact that over 80% of traffic originates from German users and a lot (most) of the content is in German, it is well worth your while to check out this fast-growing aggregator of currently 5,6 million digital objects including digitised monographs, images, musical scores etc.
The search interface offers an English language option and search results will lead you straight back to the data provider’s digital object view.

The refreshing news about DDB is that it stands in vocal opposition to Google's scan project, Google Books: DDB is a public service that also feeds into Europeana.

DDB is a long-term project and exclusively funded by the taxpayer. Content is drawn from presently over 90 German cultural and scientific institutions (museums, archives and libraries). The idea is to create a network of over 30,000 institutional contributors over time.


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