Digitisation Centre

The Digitisation Centre (DIC) coordinates and organises the Digital Collections Darmstadt, Digitisation on Demand of the ULB, and all the services and infrastructure on this topic.

We have a comprehensive understanding of digitisation as a task that goes beyond purely scanning and, in addition to project planning, quality management, indexing and presentation of digital objects, also includes support with conservation projects and long-term archiving.

Along with the “old book”, we also feel responsible for the digitisation of new and non-book media, microforms, modern literature, audiovisual media, special materials and special collections.

Fields of activity

The DIC operates the following services:

  • Development of digital collections, digitisation projects (old stock)
  • Development and expansion of the digitisation infrastructure
  • Consultations of digitisation projects and projects with external partners
  • Paid Repro service
  • Technical support for internal scanning services (interlibrary loans, tables of contents etc.)
  • Scanning for teaching (newer collections, course reserves, AV media etc.)

Other tasks include:

  • Documentation of damage to older stock before restoration projects
  • Reproduction and crony photographs for exhibitions, events and public relations
  • Support for TU institutions with digitisation projects

Why digitisation?

Reasons for digitising older media:

  • (historical) interest in form and/or content, e.g. of old maps, manuscripts or cradle prints as well as materials of more recent history
  • preservation of threatened/endangered books (e.g. paper decay)

The advantage is the easy availability on the Internet, which makes rare, valuable or endangered books and manuscripts visible and accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world.

In addition to easier duplication and citability, the simpler, location-independent availability is another key advantage of digitisation for new media/books.

Digital collections

The role of digital objects is increasing in the ULB's offering. Within the framework of the digital collections, historical holdings in particular to around 1920 are increasingly being converted into digital form.