Lecture

Digital Archiving and Cataloguing - Current Success Models from Museums and Foundations

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Digital Archiving and Cataloguing - Current Success Models from Museums and Foundations

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Even in the 21st century, countless invaluable art historical documents are still stored in cellars and archives, which are difficult or impossible to access for their owners, art enthusiasts, researchers and others. Unless the documents are converted into a structured and accessible format, the information about artworks contained in analogue materials remains largely unknown. While some institutions have already begun to explore the possibilities of digitising art historical documents and information on artworks, even the most prestigious art institutions continue to struggle with this endeavour. Challenges are often observed in terms of data structures, data inconsistencies, limited IT support, as well as outdated databases.

In an innovative and technology-driven approach, Navigating.art addresses the needs of users in the 21st century. Through the Navigating.art platform, art historical information about artists, artworks and archives can be made accessible. The data can be easily accessed at any time and from anywhere. The digital corpus of Tom Wesselmann and a large archive collection consisting of over 50,000 digitised resources have already been successfully published via the Navigating.art platform (see www.wpi.art). In addition, the digital catalogues raisonnés of Claude Monet, Romare Bearden, Paul Gauguin, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Kees van Dongen, Camille Pissarro and Jasper Johns, among others, are in preparation on the platform. With its innovative platform, Navigating.art aims to usher in a new era of collaboration and accessibility to art historical information. With this presentation, we would like to highlight established practices in the use of the system by our clients, using the Paul Gauguin Catalogue Raisonne as an example.

Speaker:

Dr. Nicolai Bohn
Navigating.art
Martin Lorenz
Navigating.art