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Information on the Funding Programme "Indexing and Digitisation"

This funding programme is directed particularly at scientific libraries and archives and the libraries and archives of scientific research institutions in Germany. The objective of funding is the indexing and/or digitisation of holdings of exceptional importance or significance for transregional research.

Further Information

As DFG-funded pilot projects are currently underway for medieval manuscripts and historical newspapers to develop methodological, technical and organisational frameworks for large-scale digitisation measures, the digitisation of these types of material is not being funded at present. Following the completion of the pilot phases and the evaluation of the results, it is intended that these types of material will be integrated into funding programmes.

Please note the special information relating to the following types of material:

Medieval manuscripts

The methodological, technical and organisational frameworks for the digitisation of medieval manuscripts were designed in a pilot phase initiated by the German manuscript centres. The final report for the pilot phase is being evaluated by the responsible statutory bodies of the DFG. Once all the relevant information is available and the necessary preconditions have been established, it will be possible to develop an appropriate funding offer. Until then, no proposals can be accepted for the digitisation of medieval manuscripts.

The pilot phase has already resulted in guides for the implementation of digitisation projects for medieval manuscripts.

Guides for the Digitisation of Medieval Manuscripts

Proposals for projects relating to the cataloguing of medieval manuscripts can still be submitted. In addition to the normal funding conditions in the “Indexing and Digitisation of Manuscripts and Printed Works” programme, the cataloguing data must continually be added to the “Manuscripta Mediaevalia” database throughout the project.

Historic newspapers

The methodological, technical and organisational frameworks for the digitisation of historic newspapers were designed in a pilot phase initiated by a working group of scientific libraries. The final report for the pilot phase is being evaluated by the responsible statutory bodies of the DFG. Once all the relevant information is available and the necessary preconditions have been established, it will be possible to develop an appropriate funding offer. Until then, no proposals can be accepted for the digitisation of historic newspapers.

Printed material published in the 18th century in the German-speaking areas (VD 18)

VD 18 represents the continuation of the national bibliographic projects “Catalogue of Printed Material Published in the 16th Century in the German-Speaking Areas” (VD 16) and “Catalogue of Printed Material Published in the 17th Century in the German-Speaking Areas” (VD 17). However VD 18 differs from both of these in that the national bibliographic undertaking integrates cataloguing and digitisation.

Projects can be proposed at any time as part of the regular Indexing and Digitisation programme. Please refer to “Guidance for projects for the digitisation and indexing of printed material published in the 18th century in the German-speaking areas (VD 18)”.

Guidance for projects for the digitisation and indexing of printed material published in the 18th century in the German-speaking areas (VD 18)

Printed material published in the 17th century in the German-speaking areas (VD 17)

Large-scale digitisation projects can be proposed on the basis of the high-quality metadata already available for VD 17. The conceptual basis for the coordinated digitisation of VD 17 material is the “Masterplan for the Digitisation of VD 17” (December 2010), the development of which was led by Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel. There are no plans for detailed indexing within this funding programme.

Printed material published in the 16th century in the German-speaking areas (VD 16)

Since a significant quantity of printed material published in German-speaking areas in the 16th century (VD 16) has already been digitised with DFG funding measures, no more funding is available for large-scale digitisation in this period.

If 16th-century printed material forms part of a closed collection of exceptional importance or significance for transregional research, then the indexing and/or digitisation of the material can be funded within this context.

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