Digitization

Munich Digitization Center (MDZ) handles the digitization and online publication of the cultural heritage preserved by the Bavarian State Library and by other institutions. It provides one of the largest and fastest growing digital collections in Germany, now comprising titles available online. Access is free of charge!

Digitization Policy

Treppenhaus der BSB The Munich Digitization Centre makes no difference between high quality digitization and mass digitization. Both is possible due to 10 years of expertise and the presence of a high quality scanning equipment. The ambition is to scan every book or manuscript once in the best quality possible and to use the produced images for different purposes such as web presentations, facsimile production as well as the production of classic microfilm copies.

Every single step of the digitization process follows the Practical Guidelines for the Cultural Heritage Funding Programme of the German Research Foundation.

All workflows and scanning devices were developed and selected by assistance of the Institute of Book and Manuscript Conservation of the Bavarian State Library. They fulfil the strictest conservation requirements. This ensures a fast but also gentle digitization with no risk of damaging valuable manuscripts and books.

Digitization Workflow

Since 2004 the workflow of the Munich Digitization Center is managed by the "Zentrale Erfassungs- und Nachweisdatenbank" (ZEND), a scaleable selfmade workflow tool based on a MySQL database. The ZEND manages the control of all pre-defined workflows such as data exchange with the catalogue, allocation of an URN, automatic image converting, automatic and manual indexing, generating of the web presentation and, last but not least, the automatised archival storage of all data. Additional XML Frameworks allow the implementation of meta search functions and the allocation of digital objects inside subject portals.

ZEND

ZEND

The scanning devices of the Munich Digitization Center

Das MDZ hat insgesamt 27 unterschiedliche Scan-Systeme und Kameras im Einsatz (Stand Februar 2014). Darunter befinden sich folgende Geräte:

Treventus Scan Robot 2.0

Treventus Scan Robot 2.0

Four Treventus Scan Robot 2.0, capable to scan up to 1800 pages per hour. Used for books from the 16th - 21th century.

Zeutschel OS14000 A1

Zeutschel OS14000 A1

Seven Zeutschel OS14000 A1, devices with special book cradles, used with manuscripts and old books in several different digitization projects.

Zeutschel OS14000 TT A2 & OS15000 A3+

Zeutschel OS14000 TT A2 & OS15000 A3+

One Zeutschel OS14000 TT A2 as well as one OS 15000 A3+ (desktop devices), used with rather small books.

Zeutschel OS10000 KT A2

Zeutschel OS10000 KT A2

One Zeutschel OS10000 KT A2 ("Grazer Kameratisch"), equipped with a special book cradle allowing a gentle and considerate digitization of very precious and valuable manuscripts and prints.

WKI Thermoscanner

WKI Thermoscanner

The prototype of a thermographic scanner for the digitization of watermarks, developed by Fraunhofer-Institut für Holzforschung (Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut) in Braunschweig. Had its first application in our project of digitization of block books.

book2net V-Scan Cobra

book2net V-Scan Cobra

One book2net V-Scan Cobra bookscanner and one book2net Kiosk for different kind of material.

Zeutschel OS11000 A0

One Zeutschel OS11000 A0 used for maps, posters, newspapers and other large-scale material up to a size of A0.

Traveller´s Conservation Copy Stand

Traveller´s Conservation Copy Stand

One Traveller´s Conservation Copy Stand 4232 (TCCS 4232) developed by VESTIGIA research centre at Graz University. One of our mobile digitization units. Format up to 42x32 cm, resolution depending on used camera

Nikon Super Coolscan 9000 ED

Nikon Super Coolscan 9000 ED

Ein Gerät des Typs Nikon Super Coolscan 9000 ED für die hochauflösende Digitalisierung von Film- und Fotomaterial aller Art.

Hasselblad H5D-200MS Digital Camera

Hasselblad H5D-200MS Digital Camera

Eine Digitalkamera Hasselblad H5D-200MS Digital Camera für hochwertige Fotoaufnahmen.

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