Baden-Wuerttemberg State Archives

Baden-Wuerttemberg State Archives

The Baden-Wuerttemberg State Archives is estimated beyond Germany as a research infrastructure institution and as centre for regional studies. It has many years of experience in the field of digitisation and online presentation of cultural assets. Catalogue information and digitised archival material are made available to researchers both in its own online finding aids system and in various comprehensive portals. LABW is founding member of the Competence Network of the German Digital Library (DDB), operator of the DDB ingest agency for archives and member of the DDB Board of Directors. Thereby, it represents both the interests of the archives community and of users in the DDB's steering committees. In addition, LABW is involved in the German Archives Portal (AP-D). AP-D is established as central infrastructure for networked research of digital sources and indexing information from German archives.

By developing the above-mentioned information systems, LABW plays a major role in the conception and distribution of data exchange formats and standards (EAD(DDB), archival METS/MODS profile) and in the further development of the DFG Viewer. LABW is an active partner of historical research in numerous third-party funded cooperation projects. The DFG project "GND4C - GND for Cultural Data", in which LABW represents the archives branch and within the project deals with the geography entity, particularly considers requirements of a comprehensive semantic network between data of different infrastructure institutions. Offers such as the watermark information system and the "Südwestdeutsche Archivalienkunde" represent the activities of the LABW in the field of historical sciences. With DIMAG, LABW has created one of Germany´s leading infrastructures for digital archiving. It is constantly developing the system in cooperation with other federal states and partner institutions. The system follows the international standard and reference model for an Open Archive Information System (OAIS). LABW is also actively involved in the nestor competence network (Competence Network for Long-term Archiving and Long-term Availability of Digital Resources for Germany). Finally, it is strengthening its activities in the fields of optimisation of digital research data and research data management through the third-party funded project FDMLab@LABW, which started in 2020. The project aims to establish a basic infrastructure in the field of e-science and research data management in order to contribute substantially to the establishment of the NFDI.