Digital Libraries

Profile description and modules:


A digital library stores works in digital form and allows the individual works to be used as well as content-oriented searches through stocks. Digital libraries offer uniform access to finding and appropriating information that is distributed worldwide. 


Development of of visual information seeking systems; distributed, semi-structured multimedia databases; search engines, information retrieval, similarity searching; user-centered document and knowledge management.

The profile focuses primarily on the following:

The interdisciplinary study of digital/virtual libraries imparts to students technical, organisational, legal, scientific and social principles, findings, methods and tools for the design, operating and deployment of digital libraries. 

Career perspectives: 

After graduating with a Master's degree with a specialisation in Digital Libraries the following career options or job types are open to you.

You could work as a ...

  • Researcher, developer or in system support at a publishing house, library or government or non-government organisation in the area of knowledge management, digital libraries (e.g. Springer Verlag, university libraries, scientific organisations, UNESCO).
  • Developer and provide support services at a commercial company in the area of corporate communication, taking care of in-house knowledge management (e.g. production companies such as Daimler AG, Bosch, or service providers such as insurance companies and banks).
  • You work in the laboratories of leading software companies involved in data preparation, retrieval, visualisation and interaction (e.g. SAP, Google).
  • You continue your career in research at a university or in an industrial research lab to develop new usage modelling, interfaces and/or systems to manage digital and multimedial content in the Web 2.0 (e.g. Konstanz University, Microsoft Research, Google Research, IBM Research).

Area of application: 

Digital libraries frequently offer categorised collections of information on individual topics. This information can be in the form of electronic texts, pictures, films, music, audio recordings, cards, construction drawings, weblinks, electronic reference volumes or electronic magazine libraries. Internet portals to search for scientific information are sometimes termed virtual libraries or virtual specialised libraries.
As well as for searching for scientific information (e.g., digital libraries are also used to satisfy a wide variety of information needs. For example in the entertainment industry to provide comprehensive information on the film medium (e.g. or music (e.g. in (virtual) museums to present extensive collections, in companies for documentation on products (e.g. Product Lifecycle Management Systems).  
Virtual libraries are maintained by cooperatives or by individual libraries or persons.

Contact and mentor recommendation:

Prof. Daniel Keim, Databases, Data Mining and Visualisation

Prof. Harald Reiterer, Human-Computer Interaction

Prof. Marc Scholl, Databases and Information Systems