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Indexing and Digitisation Funding Programme

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 nationwide research.

Guidance on specific types of material:

Digitisation of Archival Sources, Historical Newspapers and Medieval Manuscripts

Since there have been calls for the digitisation of archival sources, historical newspapers and medieval manuscripts in recent years, it is not currently possible to submit proposals for these materials in the Indexing and Digitisation programme. These three material groups will be integrated in the regular Indexing and Digitisation programme as of autumn 2020. When the redesigned programme is published, proposals can be submitted without the need to observe deadlines and in combination with indexing activities.

Digitisation and Indexing of Printed Material Published in the 18th Century in the German-speaking Areas (VD 18)

For printed material of relevance to VD 16 and VD 17, proposals for mass digitisation projects ceased to be accepted some time ago as the DFG has previously provided significant levels of funding for projects of this nature. Since then, funding for printed material of relevance to VD 18 has also made a significant contribution to improved accessibility and usability. As of autumn 2020 – coinciding with the planned publication of the redesigned Indexing and Digitisation programme – proposals will therefore also cease to be accepted for mass digitisation for VD 18 projects. These projects will then be subject to the general terms of the funding programme.

Retroconversion of Archival Finding Aids

The purpose of funding was, through start-up funding, to provide a stimulus for archiving and thus respond to the need among researchers for digital access to archival finding aids. Since this aim is considered achieved, this funding line will no longer feature in the redesigned Indexing and Digitisation programme as of autumn 2020.