NFDI4Culture – Consortium for Research Data on Material and Immaterial Cultural Heritage

NFDI4Culture is the consortium within the Nationale Forschungsdaten­infrastruktur (NFDI) that addresses research data on tangible and intangible cultural assets. We aim to establish a needs-based infrastructure for research data that serves our community of interest, ranging from architecture, art history and musicology to theatre, dance, film and media studies.

29.-31.03.2023 – Academy of Sciences and Literature | Mainz 3. Culture Community Plenary

Gutenberg graffiti at the Rhine bank in Mainz

Join us at the largest annual event of NFDI4Culture and help to shape the future of our consortium. We are looking forward to your contributions!

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NFDI4Culture is partnering with the SUCHO initiative to offer support to Ukrainian cultural heritage institutions in digitally preserving cultural heritage.

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TA1 – Capture & Enrichment

Data capture and enrichment of digital cultural assets

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TA2 – Standards, Quality & Curation

Standards, data quality and curation

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TA3 – Tools & Services

Research tools and data services

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TA4 – Publication & Availability

Data publication and data availability

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TA5 – Technical, Ethical & Legal

Overarching technical, ethical and legal activities

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TA6 – Qualification & Training

Cultural Research Data Academy

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TA7 – Governance & Administration

Governance and Administration

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The research landscape addressed by NFDI4Culture is characterized by strong diversity. It includes university institutes, art and music colleges, academies, galleries, libraries, archives, museums, and individual researchers. Science-led research data management requires lively participation from all stakeholders.


In architecture, documentation standards and data modelling play a critical, constitutive as well as literally constructive role on many levels: in the design and building process as well as in site surveys, built heritage conservation and reconstruction...

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Art History

Art History primarily consists of a debate on visual matter. With paintings, sculptures and architecture there have always been diverse media types within art-historical research. Modern and especially Contemporary Art has expanded …

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Using various methods, the musicological communities generate data on tangible and intangible cultural assets. These range from musical practice in different contexts, instruments, the reception and perception of music, to musical scores and theoretical analyses.

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Performing Arts

Manifestations of the performing arts are mostly based on temporary processes and events with live audiences, even if there is a variety of hybrid formats and despite the growing significance of the digital representation of performances. Research data ...

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Media Studies

Media studies in the context of cultural studies deals with the theory, history and aesthetics of media and media systems, especially from the point of view of their social functions, their technical conditionality and their cultural integration, acceptance and effects.

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Institutional Partners

  • Bach-Archiv Leipzig,
  • Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften,
  • Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München,
  • Beethoven-Haus Bonn,
  • Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften,
  • Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte,
  • Bund Deutscher Architektinnen und Architekten,
  • Deutsche Nationalbibliothek,
  • Deutscher Museumsbund e. V.,
  • Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte Paris,
  • Deutsches Historisches Institut Rom,
  • Deutsches Rundfunkarchiv,
  • Deutsches Zentrum des Internationalen Theaterinstituts,
  • digiCULT Verbund e. G.,
  • documenta Archiv Kassel,
  • Freie Universität Berlin,
  • Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg,
  • Georg-August-Universität Göttingen,
  • Germanisches Nationalmuseum – Leibniz Forschungsmuseum für Kulturgeschichte,
  • Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft,
  • Gesellschaft für Musikforschung,
  • Gesellschaft für Tanzforschung e. V.,
  • Gesellschaft für Theaterwissenschaft e. V.,
  • Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main,
  • Herder-Institut für historische Ostmitteleuropaforschung – Institut der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft,
  • Hochschule Mainz,
  • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin,
  • ICOM Deutschland e. V.,
  • International Association of Music Libraries and Documentation Centres, Deutschland,
  • Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz,
  • Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut,
  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München,
  • Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg,
  • Museum für Naturkunde Berlin – Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung,
  • Répertoire International des Sources Musicales International e. V.,
  • Répertoire International des Sources Musicales Schweiz,
  • Répertoire International des Sources Musicales, Arbeitsgruppe Deutschland e. V.,
  • Universität Bonn,
  • Universität der Künste Berlin,
  • Universität Hildesheim,
  • Universität Leipzig,
  • Verband deutscher Kunsthistoriker e. V.,
  • Verband Digital Humanities im deutschsprachigen Raum,
  • Vereinigung der Landesdenkmalpfleger e. V.,
  • Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte München,
  • Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe