Official bulletins

Official bulletins are a tool for informing about new or amended legal standards and are used by Land ministries, among others, in order to announce ordinances and other official communications in legally binding manner. With the launch of the Bavarian announcement platform at the start of 2009, the digital route of publication was established for the first time for ministries' official bulletins in Germany. Whereas the paper-bound official bulletins published up to the end of 2008 were available in return for payment, the announcement platform of Bavaria is accessible free of charge. Since 2009, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has been in charge of producing and publishing the official bulletins of the Bavarian State Ministries. In the Center for Electronic Publishing the issues of the following official bulletins are produced with the aid of desktop publishing software and published in the PDF/A format:

  • Allgemeines Ministerialblatt
    (General Ministerial Bulletin, AllMBl.)
  • Bayerisches Justizministerialblatt
    (Official Bulletin of the Bavarian Ministry of Justice, JMBl.)
  • Amtsblatt des Bayerischen Staatsministeriums für Bildung und Kultus, Wissenschaft und Kunst
    (Official Bulletin of the Bavarian Ministry of Education and Culture, Science and the Arts, KWMBl.)
  • Amtsblatt des Bayerischen Staatsministeriums der Finanzen, für Landesentwicklung und Heimat
    (Official Bulletin of the Bavarian Ministry of Finance, Land Development and Heritage, FMBl.)

The PDF/A standard developed for the purpose of long-term archiving ensures that the digital documents remain readable in the long run using different operating systems. The PDF files are produced in a continuous exchange with the four editorial offices for official bulletins of the ministries. Annually, a total of around 70 issues of official bulletins and associated annexes are published. The cooperation between the editorial offices and the media designers is based on an Internet-based work-flow tool. In addition to the PDF versions, also HTML versions of the official bulletins and annexes are produced, so that barrier-free access, high visibility for search engines and easy linking options can be ensured. The Munich Digitization Center is responsible for the provision on the Internet and the long-term archiving.

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