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History: The road to the German DDC edition

The discussion regarding the translation of the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) into German, its use in the Deutsche Nationalbibliografie and the use of DDC numbers for electronic publications has gained in importance in the German-speaking countries since 1998.

In March 2000 the Classificatory Indexing Working Group of the Konferenz für Regelwerksfragen (KfR) presented a feasibility study on the conditions and opportunities for using the DDC in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Its work has been continued since 2001 by the DDC Deutsch expert group.

The DDC Deutsch Consortium was founded in November 2000. This is the library-policy platform for the introduction and application of DDC in the German-speaking countries and is responsible, inter alia, for contract and licensing agreements, e.g. with the OCLC.

Between 1998 and 2005, the Deutsche Bibliothek organised various workshops on the topics of DDC, UDC and concordances between different classifications. The DDC Deutsch project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) with the aim of translating the DDC into German and developing a German web version ran between October 2002 and August 2005. It concluded with the publication of the first printed edition of DDC Deutsch in October 2005 by K. G. Saur Verlag (today de Gruyter Saur) and the launch in January 2006 of the German DDC web service called Melvil offered by the German National Library.

Last update: 17.08.2017

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