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Brandenburg-Digital Coordination Office

The Brandenburg-digital coordination office is a cross-disciplinary advisory office of the state of Brandenburg for cultural heritage institutions. It works together with the working group, which operates across all sectors throughout the state, and the Ministry of Science, Research and Culture(MWFK) to implement the common digitisation goals. The central topics are retrospective digitisation, digital presentation and digital preservation (archiving) of cultural assets. Organisationally, the coordination office is located at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam and is assigned to the information sciences department.

Profile of the coordination office


The aim of the coordination office Brandenburg-digital (KBD) is to improve the digital presentation of cultural assets from the state of Brandenburg. By increasing the digital visibility of the individual institutions and holdings, a very real and substantial contribution is made to increasing the digital visibility of Brandenburg as a cultural state. Specifically, it is about enabling the many and mostly smaller cultural heritage institutions (archives, libraries, monument preservation, memorial sites, museums and research institutions) to participate in digitisation projects and cooperative presentation platforms. Building on this, the aim is on the one hand to keep the digital content usable in the longer term and on the other hand to integrate content into national and international online portals such as the German Digital Library(DDB) and Europeana. In this context, the Brandenburg-digital coordination office points out the use of licences for the use of digital information that are as free as possible. The KBD is also involved in this area on the topic of open data from cultural institutions.

In addition, the Brandenburg-digital coordination office maintains an exchange of information with institutions and networks from the state of Berlin, such as the Research and Competence Centre for Digitisation Berlin(digiS) or the Competence Centre for Preservation and Libraries in Berlin and Brandenburg(KBE). This involves the exchange of information on current digitisation topics and joint workshops. In addition to communication in a regional context, the KBD is active in national networks for activities in the state of Brandenburg.



  • Information on cooperation partners for cultural heritage institutions for the purpose of supporting digitisation projects.
  • Contact with representatives of the individual cultural sectors via the members of the working group
  • Contact with the competence network of the German Digital Library for the targeted dissemination of current information and developments relating to the state of Brandenburg
  • Contact to institutions and networks in the state of Berlin
  • Overview of ongoing and completed digitisation projects in the state of Brandenburg to promote the exchange of experience
  • Supporting the Ministry of Science, Research and Culture in matters relating to the digitisation of cultural assets
  • Co-initiating and organising information events and workshops
  • Collaboration in the creation of concepts for the state of Brandenburg within the framework of the work of the working group
  • Functioning as an office for the working group
  • Advice on suitable third-party funding lines and cooperation with third-party funding institutions
  • Advice on and visualisation of aspects of digitisation, including the possibility of using the digitisation laboratory of the Department of Information Sciences

Working group

The informal working group is a continuation of the "Brandenburg Round Table on the Digitisation of Cultural Property", which was formed in 2007 on the initiative of the MWFK.

The task of this group is to formulate cross-disciplinary goals for the digitisation and digital presentation of cultural assets in the state of Brandenburg and to exchange information on the current state of affairs. The results of the first conceptual work are presented in the strategy paper (PDF) from 2009. Building on this, the members of the AKBD are conceptually committed to improving the digital presentation of cultural heritage in the state of Brandenburg. The AKBD focuses in particular on:

  • Formation of an interdisciplinary information and communication base,
  • joint conceptual developments within the framework of the digitisation strategy for cultural heritage in the state of Brandenburg,
  • Advisory body for the Brandenburg-digital coordination office

The Brandenburg-digital coordination office acts as the office for the working group. It organises the meetings of the working group and actively participates in the development of the strategy and concept work. The working group meets 3 - 4 times a year.

The Ministry of Science, Research and Culture (Department 31) is constantly invited to the meetings of the working group, which ensures a constant and direct flow of information. All active levels in the field of digital cultural heritage in the state of Brandenburg are thus involved.

For the exchange of information beyond the borders of the state of Brandenburg, guests from other federal states or from nationally active institutions are always invited to the meetings. Due to the spatial and cultural proximity to the state of Berlin, the Research and Competence Centre for Digitisation Berlin(digiS) at the Konrad Zuse Centre is also involved as a permanent guest of the working group.

As a public communication platform for the working group, the Brandenburg-digital coordination office organises the information day. This has taken place every two years since 2015. In addition to current conceptual topics, the event regularly offers space for the presentation of digitisation initiatives.

Useful links

Service Agency Digitalisation Berlin:


Coordination Office Brandenburg-digital

Room 218


Ulf Preuß, M.A.

Ulf Preuß, M. A.

Head of Coordination Office Brandenburg-digital

Scientific supervision

Prof. Dr. Rolf Däßler

Professor of Information Technologies, Databases