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About bavarikon

bavarikon is the internet portal of the Free State of Bavaria for the presentation of art, culture and stocks of knowledge from Bavarian institutions. Archives, libraries and museums are involved as well as institutions of state administration, of those engaged in the preservation of historical monuments and of those promoting scholarship. bavarikon provides worldwide free access to a broad spectrum of cultural assets such as documents and archival records, manuscripts, archaeological discoveries, paintings, graphics and photographs, city plans and maps, sculptures, means of payment, castles and palaces as well as folk culture etc. Selected exhibits are presented as 3D objects.

Some of the digital representations in the portal were produced especially for bavarikon. The portal is updated monthly by new contents and constantly wins additional institutions as new partners.

bavarikon went online in April 2013. It is part of the "Bayern Digital II" funding programme of the Bavarian state government and, in its early years, was a module of the "Bayerisches Kulturkonzepts" (Bavarian Cultural Concept).

The web hosting is provided by the Leibniz Computing Centre at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences.

Project Structure

The Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts and the Bavarian State Ministry of Finance, for Rural Development and Homeland are responsible for the management of the general concept of bavarikon and the fundamental use of the disposable financial resources.

The bavarikon council, currently consisting of 13 members entitled to vote, acts as an advisory body for the management when fundamental decisions regarding the technical operation and digitization strategy are concerned. The bavarikon council makes its decisions on digitization projects in accordance with the guidelines of the management.

The Bavarian State Library is responsible for the ongoing technical, editorial and organizational operation of bavarikon.

For a list of all partner institutions for this project, please click on "institutions".

The Composition of the bavarikon Council

The following 13 institutions are represented with voting rights on the bavarikon council:

  • Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (Bavarian State Library, Management)
  • National Museums and Collections (two representatives, currently the Archäologische Staatssammlung München [Archaeological State Collection Munich] and Die Neue Sammlung - The Design Museum)
  • The Bayerische Verwaltung der staatlichen Schlösser, Gärten und Seen (Bavarian Department of State-owned Palaces, Gardens and Lakes)
  • The Bayerisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege (Bavarian State Office for Historic Preservation)
  • The Generaldirektion der Staatlichen Archive Bayerns (Directorate General of the Bavarian State Archives)
  • Haus der Bayerischen Geschichte (Centre of Bavarian History)
  • Kommission für bayerische Landesgeschichte bei der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften (Commission for Bavarian Regional History at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences)
  • Landesamt für Digitalisierung, Breitband und Vermessung (Bavarian State Agency for Digitization, High-Speed Internet and Surveying)
  • Landesstelle für die nichtstaatlichen Museen in Bayern (State Office for Non-Governmental Museums in Bavaria)
  • Representatives of universities in the field of cultural and media informatics (currently Prof. Dr. Andreas Henrich, Otto-Friedrich University Bamberg)
  • Leibniz-Rechenzentrum der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften (Leibniz Computing Centre at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences)
  • University libraries (currently the Augsburg University Library)

Funding opportunities

bavarikon promotes the digitisation of cultural assets in Bavaria on condition that the digitised images produced are presented in high quality on bavarikon. The digitisation is supervised by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.

In addition, objects and rooms may be digitised or measured in 3D.

Contact Persons

President of the bavarikon council
Prof. Dr. Rupert Gebhard, Supervising Director of the Bavarian State Archaeological Collection

Line Manager
Dr. Klaus Ceynowa, Director General of the Bavarian State Library

Technology Supervision
Dr. Markus Brantl, Head of the departments Digitalization Centre of Munich / Digital Library of the Bavarian State Library

Content Supervision
Dr. Stephan Kellner, Head of the Bavarica department of the Bavarian State Library

Branch Office
Florian Sepp, Bavarian State Library