Digital German Women’s Archive due to be launched: a unique source of information on the Women’s Movement
The Digital German Women’s Archive (Digitales Deutsches Frauenarchiv, DDF) was launched on 1 July 2016. In three and a half years an online portal on the Women’s Movement will be created that allows central access to the collections of all German-language lesbian/women’s archives, libraries and documentation centres. In the future, relevant expert/specialist information on specific topics, female actors, periods of time and events will be immediately available.
Unprecedented and unique in the German-language are the DDF presents bundled digital reproduction, collection data and further information on the history of the Women’s Movement by means of an expert portal. The aim is to represent the variety of the Women’s movements standpoints as comprehensive as possible. In the process historical and current socio-political issues are edited, linked und presented online up to date.
As a knowledge portal it will not only provide access to sources that are already digitized, but also edit, bundle and link any available source of information on the Women‘s Movement as well as its history. The DDF establishes the basis for research, educational and information activities, thus making a unique contribution to equal opportunities and gender policies in Germany. In doing so it ensures for the first time a gender equitable historiography.
Agency of the DDF is the i.d.a. umbrella organisation of German language lesbian/women’s libraries, archives and documentation centres founded in 1993, which today interconnects 38 institutions from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Italy. The DDF acknowledges and pays tribute to the previous work of the various i.d.a. institutions, while at the same time ensuring its cultural heritage.
For now the establishment of the Digital [German] Women’s Archive is estimated at three and a half years and funded with about four million EUR from the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend).
i.d.a. is a member of the National Council of German Women’s Organizations (Deutscher Frauenrat), which strongly advocated the establishment of DFF. And i.d.a. is also a member of WINE and AtGender.