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Information system for media education

The Information system for media education informs actually and comprehensively about relevant literature, movies and projects

Informationssystem Medienpädagogik (information system media education) provides current, comprehensive information on relevant literature, films and projects. It targets anybody concerned with implementing and using media in general and vocational education, as well as media use in universities and further training: scientists, teachers, educators and carers, parents, students.

ISM is the largest German collection of databases in the field of media education. At present, more than 100,000 records are stored. Information and media competence are presented from a broad perspective. Material on the competence of reading traditional print media is included as well as more recent developments, particularly in virtual learning and media environments, media research and media pedagogy. ISM comprises a metasearch functionality and media and institution databases.

The databases focus on literature,films and research projects in:

  • Media education and meda didactics;
  • Information and media competence;
  • Research on media and their effects;
  • Media policy and media development;
  • Television and radio for children and youngsters;
  • Youth protection and media legislation;
  • Communication science and journalism.

Information system for media education  (Only in German)

History and co-operation

Since 2003, the information system on media education has been available as an openly accessible web service maintained by DIPF. The portal is provided under the umbrella of the German Education Server.

Following an initial funding phase supported by Bertelsmann  foundation, the project is now hosted by DIPF – together with the media centres in the federal states, who are committed to media education and monitoring:

Landesanstalt für Medien Nordrhein-Westfalen  (state media centre, North- Rhine Westphalia, LfM)
Landesanstalt für privaten Rundfunk und neue Medien Hessen (state centre for private radio broadcasting and new media, Hesse, LPR)
Landesanstalt für Kommunikation Baden-Württemberg state institute for communication, Baden-Wuerttemberg, (LfK)
Bayerische Landeszentrale für neue Medien (Bavarian institute for new media, BLM)


Dr. Simon Rettelbach

last modified Mar 07, 2017