Probado Innovative Librarian Services for Common Digital Documents (DFG LIS, 2006-2011)

Official Probado Website The use of complex, non-textual data and documents is becoming more and more important. Today's digital libraries, however, do not support these data optimally because they are based on the assumption that all documents can be described textually. The goal of the project PROBADO was to develop tools and systems as well as to create methods and workflows that allow academic libraries to treat different common documents in the same way as textual documents. Focused at the beginning are the domains music and 3D-graphic.
PROBADO: Prototypischer Betrieb allgemeiner Dokumente (Prototypical Operation of Common Documents)

Goals of the Project

Until now Librarian services are limited more or less to stocks of information, which are represented by textual documents. Key focus of the service centre is the establishment and prototypical realization of library services for "general" document types. Thus the question, how different document types can be indexed semi-automatically, i.e. be enriched with semantics (e.g. meta data), be stored, searched and retrieved. Focus within the first stage of PROBADO are three areas of application, which are to be worked on already intensively by the project partners from their respective research activities in the context of innovative library services for many years:
  • 3D-computer graphics (Prof. Fellner, TU Darmstadt/FhG IGD; Prof. Klein, Uni Bonn)
  • music (Prof. Clausen, Uni Bonn)
Goal of the service centre was to develop, construct, and operate services for the three areas of application mentioned above which is able to fully or partially open automatically, store, investigate, retrieve, link and utilize among each other - also across multiple sectors different non-textual documents. Responsible for introducing the competence of libraries into the service and for operating the service itself were:
  • TIB Hannover, Direktor Uwe Rosemann: 3D-computer graphics
  • BSB München, Generaldirektor Dr. Rolf Griebel: music
Since beside these three still a lot of further application domains exist, where likewise complex documents are to be handled, a second substantial goal of the centre is the development of tools, with which further application domains and document types can be tied up efficiently. The establishment of the service for 3D-computer graphics and music is thereby not only a benefit for the respective ranges of science; but will simultaneously be a prototype for developing further fields of science.


Coordination: TU Darmstadt Project Partner: Universität Bonn, Institut III: Multimedia Signalverarbeitung Universität Bonn, Institut II: Computer Graphik Bayrische Staatsbibliothek TIB - Leibniz Informationszentrum, Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) TU Darmstadt For more information, please see