The German Archives Portal "Archivportal-D" financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG), offers centralized and comprehensive access to the records of various kinds of German archives for the first time. The portal includes varied resources such as state or communal archives as well as church and business records. Researchers are able to find archival information, look through finding aids provided by participating archives, view search results and study digital copies of archival records.
The portal is a national aggregator for the European Archives Portal and contributes to the process of making European archival records accessible for everybody at any time and from anywhere. The German Archives Portal is furthermore closely connected with the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (German Digital Library) and national data aggregator for the European cultural heritage portal Europeana. This idea of networking and cross-linking runs like a golden thread through the overall concept of the project and shows the significance of Archivportal-D as a symbol for successful European cooperation in the field of cultural heritage across different cultural sectors. On a national level and given Germany's federal system, this project is also an excellent example of what professional communities can achieve through combined efforts.To gain attention in the digital age it is of crucial importance for archives to present archival material on the internet. Both users and institutions benefit notably as archives and their data become more visible and users are able to increase their knowledge without great effort concerning the tools.
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