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Terms of Use Digital Library


The Digital Library of the Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie (Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency), hereinafter BSH, presents digital or digitised publications from the BSH or its predecessor institutions (hereinafter MEDIA). Predecessor institutions include the Deutsches Hydrographisches Institut (German Hydrographic Institute, DHI), the Seehydrographischer Dienst der DDR (Hydrographic Service of the GDR, SHD), and the Deutsche Seewarte (German Naval Observatory). The BSH’s Digital Library also serves as an institutional repository.

By using the "Digital Library", users accept the following terms of use.

§1 Scope

1.1 These Terms of Use apply to the current and future use of the BSH Digital Library without the need to refer to the Terms of Use again. Users accept the Terms of Use as soon as they use the Digital Library.

1.2 The BSH reserves the right to change the terms of use at any time without stating reasons.

§2 Contents and users

2.1 The Digital Library provides different content for BSH employees (hereinafter referred to as INTERNAL USE) and external users.

2.2 The MEDIA provided in the Digital Library for INTERNAL USE only are marked "nur zur internen Verwendung" (for internal use only).

2.3 External users may only access the content of the Digital Library intended for INTERNAL USE at the BSH's offices by using the BSH's library computers.

§ 3 Permitted use and intellectual property rights

3.1 Use of the historical content of the Digital Library posted for external users is permitted without restrictions or conditions for any commercial and non-commercial purpose.

3.2 The media marked for INTERNAL USE only may not be used by external users, not even for private purposes.

3.3 The use of the content within the collection "Publications of the employees", which is available to external users, is subject to the current copyright regulations. The documents may be copied, saved, printed and passed on for scientific and private purposes (§53 UhrG), unless the individual document is preceded by deviating and then solely authoritative terms of use. Any commercial use of the documents, including parts and excerpts, is prohibited without the prior consent of the author.

3.4 Employees of the BSH may use all media available in this database in the context of their work for the BSH (for example, for presentation purposes). Any further use of the MEDIA intended for INTERNAL USE for other purposes (for example, publication in a journal or a website) requires the prior written consent of the BSH Library (

3.5 Prior to any commercial use of the MEDIA, any current BSH logos present on the MEDIA and any BSH archival or library stamps present must be removed. If present, the BSH Library barcode shall also be removed from the MEDIA. A logo is current if it suggests to a third party that commercial use takes place on behalf of BSH or that BSH is promoting it. Other trademarks, titles, company names or other identifiers as well as protective notes, copyright notices or serial numbers that refer to MEDIA in whole or in part may not be removed or altered.

3.6 In the event of non-compliance with the above rules, the BSH shall have the right to deny users the use of the Digital Library.

§ 4 Liability

4.1 The MEDIA published in the Digital Library have been carefully selected and prepared. Nevertheless, the BSH does not guarantee the completeness and correctness of the MEDIA, nor the trouble-free functioning or the permanent accessibility of the MEDIA.

4.2 As a matter of principle, the BSH shall not be liable for any damage caused by the use of the MEDIA offered or caused by computer viruses or the installation or use of software when accessing or downloading data. Excluded from this are other damages caused by intent or gross negligence. BSH shall only be liable for slight negligence in the event of damage resulting from injury to life, limb or health of persons.

§ 5 Information on data protection

The terms and conditions of the BSH General Privacy Policy apply in conjunction with the following points.

5.1 Consent to the processing of personal data

Users declare their consent to the processing of personal data to the extent described below by the responsible office in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

5.2 Purpose and legal basis

Personal data of users is stored exclusively for the purpose of using the BSH Digital Library and processed on the basis of the GDPR.

5.3 Non-personal data

Log files (logs)

For technical reasons, our servers store personal connection details in their log files when you access the Digital Library.

The following data is temporarily stored:

  • Your IP address
  • Date and time of your access to the page
  • Address of the page you accessed
  • Address of the previously visited website (referrer)
  • Name and version of your browser/operating system (if transmitted).

The legal basis for the temporary storage of the data and the log files is Art. 5 para. 1 lit. f GDPR. The storage in log files ensures the functionality of the website. In addition, we use the data to optimise the websites, for troubleshooting and to ensure the security of our information technology systems. These purposes are also our legitimate interest in data processing according to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR. This data is not stored together with other personal data of the user, and the stored data is automatically deleted after seven days.


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We use cookies to make the use of our website more convenient for you. Some elements of our website technically require that the calling web browser can be identified even after a page change. The following data is stored and transmitted in the cookies:

  • language settings (localisation) of the browser
  • session date (search terms)

The legal basis for the processing of personal data using cookies is Art. 6 (1) lit. f GDPR. The purpose of using technically necessary cookies is to simplify the use of websites for users. Some functions of our website cannot be offered without the use of cookies. For these, it is necessary that the browser is recognised even after a page change. We require cookies for the following functionalities:

  • adoption of the language setting of the browser
  • automatic selection of the start page
  • search terms: jump back to the search hit list.

In these purposes also lies our legitimate interest in the processing of personal data according to Art. 5 para. 1 lit. f GDPR. The user data collected through technically necessary cookies is not used to create user profiles. Cookies are stored on the user's digital device and transmitted from it to our site. Therefore, you as the user also have full control over the use of cookies. You can disable or restrict the transmission of cookies by changing the settings in your web browser. Cookies that have already been stored can be deleted at any time. This can also be done automatically. If cookies are deactivated for our website, it may no longer be possible to use all functions of the website in full.

Since we work exclusively with session cookies, these are automatically deleted when the browser window is closed.

External services

The integration or connection of external services (DFG Viewer for displaying digital data) is also always carried out in a considered manner and with the aim of making your visit to our website as convenient as possible.

We advise you that by using external services, your IP address and possibly other personal data will be transmitted to the respective service provider and possibly stored and analysed.

For more information, please refer to the specific data protection provisions for the respective service: DFG Viewer:

5.4 Disclosure to third parties

Personal data of users will not be passed on to third parties. In the event of dangerous situations (for example, criminal acts), personal data will be passed on to the security authorities.

§ 6 Applicable law and final provisions

German law shall apply. Place of performance and exclusive place of jurisdiction is, as far as legally permissible, Hamburg.



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