Germany has been a long time supporter of Europeana both by contributing funds and also contributing content through its national aggregator. Recently Berlin saw the award ceremony of Germany’s cultural data hackathon ‘Coding da Vinci’. Coding da Vinci is co-organised by Germany’s National Aggregator for Europeana, the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (DDB). The resulting projects re-used many datasets published via DDB and Europeana and demonstrated state-of-the-art technology like Augmented Reality, Chat Bots, Crowdsourcing and Machine Learning as well as stunning creativity and originality.

The DDB will very likely surpass the 23 million object mark in its repository before Christmas and plans to contribute 400,000 more records to Europeana by April 2018. The DDB’s quantitative growth as well as new functionalities will be backed by a fundamentally refurbished basis architecture which is to be released in the upcoming months. Moreover, the DDB reached important milestones in further developing its virtual exhibition hosting and curating the platform DDBstudio.

In 2018 the Aggregator Forum will, after 2013 and 2016, go back to Germany and the Governing Board of the Europeana Foundation will meet on 5 March at the German National Library in Frankfurt.