About us

Digital Collections (DC) is an internationally operating technology company based in Hamburg (Germany). DC's Digital Asset Management (DAM) and Content Production Systems are being deployed by more than 180 customers all over the world.

The DC team is composed of about 20 employees. You can find us in (and sometimes on top of) the so called Bacardi Tower in the North of Hamburg, just next to the airport.


Founder & CEO
Sales Manager & COO
Head of Project management
Head of Development
Head of Support

Project management
Support & Projects
Support & Projects
Support & Projects

Project management
Research & Development
Support & Projects
Executive assistant

Support & Projects

Milestones of DC's corporate history

  • 1991

    Ole Olsen founds Digital Collections together with two partners. They are guided by the idea to develop a Google like Research and Digital Asset Management System that can not only manage text but also pictures, graphics, full pages as well as video and audio files. As target groups, they define the world of media and companies who could use the system to improve their workflow, to manage and to share information.

  • 1992

    The first customers: radio station Antenne Bayern and Stern magazine

  • 1995

    America's leading media company Gannett becomes a shareholder of Digital Collections that has now two offices: one in Hamburg and another one in Cincinatti/Ohio.

  • 2001

    10th foundation anniversary and more than 100 successful system installations

  • 2003

    Digital Collections goes Down Under: a DC system helps Fairfax Publishing to do business with old and historical newspaper front pages.

  • 2004

    The new system generation DC5 is introduced. Greenpeace, the publishing company Heinrich Bauer Verlag and the Bundeswehr are instantly convinced by its many advantages.

  • 2009

    The latest system generation DC-X is born.

  • 2011

    DC celebrates its 20th anniversary of foundation and more than 140 installations over the world.

  • 2013

    Content-X, the editorial system developed by DC and ppi Media, becomes established on the market. DC systems are now spread over all continents. The Standard Group in Nairobi (Kenya) is our entrance to Africa.

  • 2014

    The Bangkok Post in Thailand, one of the worldwide biggest daily newspapers, is now being produced with Content-X.
    The German Federal Archives decide to use DC-X for their online video library.

  • 2015

    Ole Olsen buys back the shares from the American media company Gannett and is now, for the first time, the sole shareholder of Digital Collections.

  • 2016

    DC celebrates its 25th anniversary of foundation and more than 180 installations over the world.

  • 2017

    In March, customers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland participate in the DC customer days in Hamburg. A few months later, DC-X 2.0 is born. DC welcomes new customers in India and Denmark.