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VD 18 – Erschließung und Digitalisierung der im deutschen Sprachraum erschienenen Drucke des 18. Jahrhunderts

VD 18 – Indexing and Digitization of Imprints Published in the 18th Century in the German-Speaking Areas

Within the project "Indexing and digitization of imprints published in the 18th century in the German-speaking areas (VD 18)" part of the collection of the BBF will be indexed, digitized and made accessible publicly.

Project Description

The “Catalog of Imprints Published in the 18th Century in the German-Speaking Areas” (VD 18) aims at recording and indexing prints in German or in German-speaking countries published between 1701 and 1800 and thus represents the continuation of the cooperative national bibliographic projects "Catalog of Imprints Published in the 16th Century in the German-Speaking Areas" (VD 16) and "Catalog of Imprints Material Published in the 17th Century in the German-Speaking Areas" (VD 17).

However VD 18 differs from both of these in that the national bibliographic undertaking integrates cataloging and digitization, in order to create a digital library of 18th century German imprints with high quality bibliographic data, openly accessible for researchers and the general public. Research and navigation being simlified by standardized structural data within the collection and the individual titles.

Within the project, 450 eighteenth-century volumes (which means about 107.550 scans) from the collection of the BBF were digitized, indexed and made freely accessible to the public.

All titles are indexed in the VD18 database and the library catalog. Directly from the database and the library catalog the digitized reproduction can be accessed via link in the digital library of the BBF, Scripta Paedagogica Online (SPO). In SPO, browsing the "Collection of pedagogical imprints from the 18th century" is also possible.


The project was funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

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Completed projects
01/2016 – 12/2017
Contact: Maria-Annabel Hanke
last modified Apr 27, 2018