The ERDF project at the Berlinische Galerie
In early 2013 the Berlinische Galerie joined a programme initiated by the Federal State of Berlin to promote innovative digitisation projects in archives, libraries and museums. Grants have been made available by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and in late 2012 an independent jury of experts selected nine model projects for implementation by September 30th, 2015.
Up to September 30th, 2015 the Berlinische Galerie has received ERDF funding for MUDISA, a project to design and implement a digitisation and online access strategy for selected holdings. This has resulted in the roll-out of eMuseumPlus for five major areas of the collection.
The following areas have been chosen for digitisation:
Apart from the great cultural significance of these holdings, one key factor in this choice was the desire to include the different genres (archived papers, photographs, prints & drawings, paintings, sculptures) so characteristic of the Berlinische Galerie’s complex collection. Moreover, the examples selected can be used to illustrate the potential and opportunities entailed by digitisation, but also to explore the questions, problems and solutions associated with the digitisation and online access of museum collections.
Holdings were digitised on site at the Berlinische Galerie with the aid of a high-performance scanner. Parallel to this, we made repro-photographs of paintings, sculptures and other objects wherever we do not yet have them. At the same time, any object information relating to the Dada Berlin archives which, in the past, has only been available in printed scholarly publications was transferred to the MuseumPlus database.
The software eMuseumPlus is basis for making these digitised holdings available online, creating a Web interface for material on the MuseumPlus database. Online access take place via the Berlinische Galerie website. The next step will be to place the areas selected for digitisation on the DDB (Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek) and EUROPEANA portals. This will open up the museum’s collection for comprehensive networked research.
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