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DDC Consortium

The inaugural meeting of the DDC Deutsch consortium took place on 12 October 2000 at the Deutsche Bibliothek in Frankfurt am Main.

By joining forces in this way the relevant organisations demonstrated that introducing DDC was an important common concern and a venture in which the work should be shared. The members of the DDC Deutsch consortium agreed to cooperate closely on the introduction of DDC, to keep each other informed about DDC-related projects and tests, to collaborate on public relations, and to support and carry out initial and further training courses. They declared their willingness to have appropriate experts within their institutions or networks provide advice on introducing DDC and developing a German edition of the DDC. The principal tasks of the consortium include supporting the publication of a German version of the DDC and, above all, carrying out joint planning with regard to use of the DDC and bibliographic data enriched with DDC numbers.

The consortium was founded for a limited period of five years; the agreement was then extended for a further five years. It ended on 30 November 2010. It was agreed to continue working together on DDC-related issues, regardless of the consortium agreement.

The consortium was composed of representatives of the following German-speaking institutions:

  • German National Library (DNB)
  • Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (SBB-PK)
  • Bibliotheksverbund Bayern (BVB)
  • Joint library network of the states of Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein and Thuringia (GBV)
  • Hessisches BibliotheksInformationsSystem (HeBIS)
  • SWB Library Network (SWB)
  • Österreichischer Bibliothekenverbund und Service GmbH (OBV) as representative of the Austrian library system
  • Swiss National Library (NB)
  • Cologne University of Applied Sciences (FH Köln)
  • Goethe-Institut

Organisations with observer status:


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Last update: 17.08.2017

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