Digitisation and Indexing Funding Programme

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The funding programme is aimed at members of research information infrastructure facilities in Germany such as libraries, archives, museums, research collections, research data centres or computing and information centres.

The objective of the funding is to promote the digitisation and/or indexing of research-related objects of any kind, including the following:

  • handwritten and printed documents that have been passed down
  • museum objects such as art collections (paintings, sculptures), natural science collections (herbaria, rock collections, beetles, bird calls), ethnological collections, theatre collections, etc.
  • audio and/or visual media (e.g. video collections)
  • genuine digital data (“born digital”), e.g. digital works of art, digital literary remains (e-mail correspondence etc.)
  • image datasets (e.g. three-dimensional micro-CT data)

The programme also enables virtual, cross-disciplinary mergers of collections held at different locations.

With regard to materials for which digitisation and/or indexing standards are yet to be established, the programme also aims to promote the development and/or application of quality criteria.

Furthermore, proposals may be submitted under this funding programme that involve the application of newer methods for digitisation and indexing, e.g. optical character recognition (OCR) or optical layout recognition (OLR), automatic image recognition, named-entity recognition or 3D digitisation.

Guidance on specific types of material: