DFG Viewer

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The DFG-Viewer is a web service which presents digitized works stored in distributed repositories under a common, but simple user interface.

Status and Impact

According to the ZVDD presentation on the 97. Deutsche Bibliothekstag by Sebastian Meyer in June 2008, the DFGDeutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft viewer may become the primary presentation tool for projects funded by DFGDeutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft: "[...] wird die Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft einem Entwurf ihrer ab Oktober gültigen Praxisregeln zufolge künftige Digitalisierungsprojekte verpflichten, den DFGDeutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft-Viewer als „primäres Anzeigeinstrument“ zu verwenden".

Further information is available in the article Einheitlicher Webauftritt für DFG-geförderte Digitalisierungsvorhaben by Sebastian Meyer.

Requirements of DFGDeutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft Viewer

To use the DFGDeutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft Viewer for the display of digitalized work, three components have to be accessible through a simple web access:

  1. The metadata of the digitalized work has to be available in the METS/MODSMetadata Object Description Schema format
  2. The width of the digitalized work has to be between 1000 and 1500 pixel
  3. One file (108 pixel wide and 50 pixel high) with the name and the logo of the project (or institute) has to be provided

METSMetadata Encoding and Transmission Standard Profile

The DFGDeutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft viewer website provides a set of documentations for the DFGDeutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft METSMetadata Encoding and Transmission Standard Profile:

Examples METSMetadata Encoding and Transmission Standard Files (xml)

METSMetadata Encoding and Transmission Standard Mapping

Structural Data

The DFGDeutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft Viewer provides a standardized list of structural elements which can be used for identification of the different parts within the digitized books (e.g. chapter, cover). This list also contains a mapping to the vocabulary used by the ZVDD, which is similar to the one from the DFGDeutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft Viewer, but not so detailed.