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Museumsportal and Digicult: an interdisciplinary project of museums in Northern Germany. Frauke Rehder, Minerva Plus, Berlin 08.04.2005. Schleswig-Holstein. most northern federal state of Germany located at the border to Denmark between North Sea and Baltic Sea

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Museumsportal and Digicult:

an interdisciplinary project of museums in Northern Germany

Frauke Rehder, Minerva Plus, Berlin 08.04.2005


  • most northern federal state of Germany

  • located at the border to Denmark

  • between North Sea and Baltic Sea

  • circa 2,82 million inhabitents

  • lacking of economic infrastructure

  • rising importance of tourism

  • 263 museums

What ist DigiCult ?

DigiCult Museums SH is a pilot

projekt promoted by the EU

for digital retention and

publication of selected

inventories of museums in


It includes:

  • data collection

  • networking and thesauri

  • linked data inquiry and publication


  • Project executing organisation: City of Flensburg

  • Cooperation: 9 (+ 8) Museums, University of Kiel and other partners

  • Project financing: 50 % EU subsidies, 50 % own resources (staff appropriations)

  • project value: approx. 2 million Euro

  • duration: 1st Mai 2003 – 30th April 2006

Currently Participating Museums

  • Museumsberg Flensburg

  • Museen für Kunst- und Kulturgeschichte Lübeck

  • Kunsthalle zu Kiel (Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel)

  • Kieler Stadt- und Schiffahrtsmuseum

  • Dithmarscher Landesmuseum Meldorf

  • Computerschausammlung der FH Kiel

  • Geologisch- Mineralogisches Museum der CAU zu Kiel

  • Theatergeschichtliche Sammlung der CAU zu Kiel

  • Botanischer Garten der CAU zu Kiel


  • Altonaer Museum, Hamburg

  • Künstlermuseum Heikendorf

  • Dat ole Hus, Aukrug

  • Medizin- und Pharmaziehistorische Sammlung der CAU zu Kiel

  • Arthothekenverband Schleswig-Holstein, Eckernförde

  • Stormarnsches Dorfmuseum, Hoisdorf

  • Landesgeschichtliche Sammlung der Schleswig-Holsteinischen Landesbibliothek Kiel

  • Wenzel-Hablik-Museum, Itzehoe

The project includes:

  • Setup a consulting centre for technical development and advice

  • Supply of hard- and software for digitizing the inventory of the participating museums (Dokbase, incl. ThumbsPlus)

  • Further development of software, esp. registration and publication databases

  • Help developing specific thesauri as network solutions by definition of standards, testing the including of national and international standards (SWD, Hölzl, ULAN, TGN, ICON CLASS)

  • Publication of information of the recorded objects in the internet via “Museumsportal Schleswig-Holstein” (

  • Multimedia support by the interdisciplinary multimedia centre (IZM) at the University of Kiel

  • Current courses to qualify the staff in the museums

  • Scientific monitoring and evaluation of the project (3 reports published)

  • National and international exchange of current developments and results

  • Collaboration with other partners (Tourism, Education)

DokBase concept

  • (data collection and collection management)

  • DokBase.xtree (Networking and thesauri)

  • Dokbase.meta (webbased Metadata, MySQL4 as Container for xml-data, to be used for Publication and DataExchange)

Structure of the database

DokBase Networking via Webservice

Status quo

  • ca. 12.000 Objects digitized, 4.600 published on the Internet

  • Current digital registration in the Museums, partly transfer of former databases in

  • New Server for all the DigiCult modules and the website including an CMS since february 2005

  • Multilingualism for supra-regional/international Exchange implemented on the new Server

  • development of data exchange structures between, dokBase.xtree and dokBase.meta

  • public DTD since january 2005 application software for a cultural historical collection

Mineralogical Museum, classifikation for minerals by Hölzl


  • Webbased administrationtool for lists, classifikations, thesauri and further object data

  • Comparison with standardised data

    • in process: SWD (Schlagwort-Normdatei), IconClass,Getty ULAN (Union List of Artist Names)

    • intended: Getty AAT (Art- and Architecture Thesaurus), Getty TGN (Thesaurus of Geographic Names), AKL (Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon) ?

  • Access by the museums, the DigiCult consulting centerand external users (differentiated access authorization)

  • controled vokabulary after Din 1463 (poly hierarchies, synonyms, connotations)

  • unique Digi-Id for every descriptor

DokBase.xtree: IconClass

DokBase.xtree: IconClass Maria lactans

Homepage Museums in

Museumsportal: Collections

Link from data about an artist to search of literature via GBV

Biographie of Emil Nolde via Wikipedia

Practical Experience

  • Comparison with standardised data not on the focus of the participating museums

  • Only little acceptance of IconClass

  • Comparison with SWD only by DigiCult-Team

  • Classification of artistic styles is treated with reserve

  • altogether: least depth of classification, simple lists of notions prefered

  • Self-interest is of vital importance instead of common / international inquiry and publication

  • Control of vocabulary by the offer of standarsized data in a complex structure with a simple interface

  • Current advanced training and editorial support is necessary

Thank you for your attention!


Projekt DigiCult Museen

c/o Museumsberg Flensburg

Museumsberg 1

24937 Flensburg

Tel. 0461/851203

Fax: 0461/852993

Frauke Rehder


Lütger Landwehr

Gisela Lentz

Britta Georgi

Axel Vitzthum

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