Following the launch in late 2012 of the Internet portal of the German Digital Library (DDB), it is now possible to browse museum collections online, watch films or read academic articles. The DDB wants to be more than simply a virtual reading room for literature and non-fiction. Its aim is to present Germany’s entire cultural heritage – everything housed within the walls of libraries, museums, archives and collections. “With its attractive content, the DDB can become a virtual ‘cultural showcase’ for Germany”, stressed Bernd Neumann, Federal Commissioner for Culture and the Media, in an interview.
The DDB has now gone live with around 5.6 million digital objects from 90 different institutions. So far, some 1,900 libraries, archives, museums, media libraries and academic institutes in all are registered. Step by step, they and thousands of others are to add their digitized content to the DDB – a process that will take years.
Access the portal at http://www.deutsche-digitale-bibliothek.de