Enthusiasts of German culture have reason to celebrate with the beta-version launch of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek on November 28th. Since 2007, the project has been funded by federal, state and local authorities as a free portal for sharing cultural and scientific media. The goal of the website is to “offer everyone unrestricted access to Germany’s cultural and scientific heritage, that is, access to millions of books, archived items, images, sculptures, pieces of music and other sound documents, as well as films and scores, from all over Germany.”
Much like Wikipedia, the project promotes itself as a democratic instrument for knowledge dissemination. To ensure the authenticity of the material presented, each item carries a seal of approval from a German cultural or scientific insitution.