Paper 14

2018 Washington conference submission

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Digital Future for Germany’s written cultural heritage

Leander Seige - Leipzig University Library (Germany)

Abstract: Four major German libraries have received a grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG) to develop a new national web portal for manuscript codices dating from the Middle Ages and modern times. Besides the Berlin state library (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz), which will coordinate the project, Leipzig University Library, the Bavarian State Library and the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel will be partners. The German Research Foundation (DFG) will fund a three-year project phase which aims at the technical development of the new portal, which will serve as an up-to-date and international research instrument for different disciplines. The IIIF image interoperability standard will be a core feature of the new portal and facilitate access to the digital images of as many as possible of the sixty thousand medieval codices preserved in German libraries and archives. This lightning talk will give a brief outline of the projects requirements and objectives.

Presentation type: 7 minute lightning talk to be given in a plenary session


  • IIIF synergies with regional and national ongoing digital libraries, museums and archives initiatives,
  • IIIF enabled collaboration,
  • IIIF content communities (museums, manuscripts, newspapers, archival content, etc.)


  • medieval,
  • manuscripts,
  • iiif,
  • germany,
  • leipzig,
  • berlin,
  • munich,
  • wolfenbüttel