Competence Network

Underpinning the work of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (DDB) is a competence network: participating cultural and scientific institutions, supported by federal, state and local authorities, exchange information and contribute their combined experience to the joint task of expanding the DDB.

Bodies within the competence network include the General Meeting, the Board and the Board of Trustees. The Board and Trustees are supported in their work by an administrative office.

General Meeting

The founding members of the competence network are designated by mutual agreement of the Conference of Education Ministers, associations of local authorities and the Federal Government, and appointed by the Board of Trustees. In practice, members can and should be incorporated into the competence network.

The decision to appoint new members is made by the DDB’s Board of Trustees using the following criteria:

The General Meeting currently includes:


The Board represents the competence network and the DDB in the wider world and comprises up to three people and their deputies. It is elected for a term of two years by the General Meeting. Re-election is allowed.

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is responsible for supervising the competence network. The DDB Board of Trustees is made up of four members chosen by the Conference of Education Ministers, a further four appointed by the Federal Government with an additional member representing the Association of German Cities and Towns, appointed by the Federal Association of Local Authority Organisations.

The members of the Board of Trustees are:

Administrative office

The administrative office of the DDB competence network is seated within the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation) in Berlin.

Administrative office Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek
Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz
Genthiner Str. 38
10785 Berlin

Dr. Ellen Euler, LL.M.
Head of administrative office

Phone: +49 (0)30 / 266-41 1430
Fax: +49 (0)30 / 266-31 1430