Culture Knowledge Base

The NFDI4Culture Knowledge Base contains guidelines, reports, and specifications by the task areas of the consortium covering all aspects of research data management in the domain of material and immaterial cultural heritage. Additionally, we provide you with curated link recommendations to high quality open educational resources.

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Digitizing, Inventorizing, Enriching 24 Items

3D Digitization of Cultural Heritage of the European Commission

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Language(s): English

This 2020 European Commission report identifies ten basic questions and principles that researchers should ask themselves before deciding to go 3D digitizing.

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3D Formats for Classical Studies

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Language(s): German

The IANUS Research Data Center for Archaeology and Classical Studies, coordinated by the German Archaeological Institute, has compiled IT recommendations for the sustainable handling of digital data, including recommended formats for 3D data.

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3D Objects – The Virtual Digital Heritage

NFDI4Culture Video Guideline
Author(s): Zoe Schubert, Katja Sternitzke
Contributor(s): Eva Bodenschatz
Version: 1.0.0

This video tutorial explains what a 3D object is and how it is created, what to consider during the production, why 3D objects are useful for science, and how they help explore and preserve cultural heritage.

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A Research Agenda for Historical and Multilingual Optical Character Recognition

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Language(s): English

The 2018 publication contains inspiration for advancing the field of OCR for scientific research, handling historical texts as well as manuscripts, and key recommendations on OCR.

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Cataloging Cultural Objects (CCO)

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Language(s): English

CCO is a handbook of guidelines for documenting cultural heritage objects and the visual resources they represent. The focus is on art and architecture, but many other types of culturally relevant objects are also considered.

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Categories for the Description of Works of Art (CDWA)

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Language(s): English

CDWA provides easy-to-understand and clear guidelines for structuring information when cataloging art and other cultural heritage objects in collections. It is supplemented by many examples.

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Documenting 7 Items

Data Curation Profile

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Language(s): German

The publication by Jake Carlson provides instructions on how to use the so-called "toolkit" for documenting research data, as well as templates and examples compiled for free use by Purdue University in the US.

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Data Curation Profiles Toolkit – User Guide

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Language(s): English

The publication by Jake Carlson provides instructions on how to use the so-called "toolkit" for documenting research data, as well as templates and examples compiled for free use by Purdue University in the US.

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Data Documentation

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Language(s): German

The site provides detailed information on why, how and which research data should be documented in accordance with the FAIR criteria, with regard to formats, vocabularies, languages, protocols, repositories, persistent identifications.

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Metadata in Daily Research

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Language(s): German

The site explains the benefits of documenting metadata early in the research process, provides a good overview of the steps involved, and references best practices from everyday research.

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Museums and 3D Printing

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Language(s): German

This resource illustrates how 3D printing works and is used in museums through a series of practical examples. It is especially recommended because of the appendices, which complete the use cases with a valuable compilation of information about 3D printing, including a glossary,…

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Preparing Process Data

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Language(s): German

The publication concisely explains the concept of process data as an important part of sustainable documentation in the humanities context and presents three schemas for process metadata.

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Organizing 5 Items

Data Life Cycle

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Language(s): German

The article provides an overview of the data lifecycle and its individual stages.

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Data Organisation

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Language(s): German

The topic of data organization is addressed here in an overview and some measures for good data organization are presented, as well as references to other, related topics.

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Introduction to data formats

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Language(s): German

This resource provides an introduction such as an overview of long-term and sustainable data formats and covers file formats, conversion, compatibility, long-term stability, metadata, and machine readability.

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Research data policies for research projects: a structured guide

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Language(s): German

A research data policy for research projects creates transparency in the handling of research data and requires planning, documentation and description. The contents of the guide will be transferred to an online generator as the project progresses.

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Tools for Data Organisation

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Language(s): German

The overview compilation of forschungsdaten.info offers a first insight around tools for data organization of scientific data. It refers to various tools and software as well as their documentation.

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Overarching topics 7 Items

Culture Community Report 2021

NFDI4Culture Report
Author(s): Aleksander Marčić, Alexander Stark, Alexandra Büttner, Anastasia Wawilow, Angela Kailus, Anne Ferger et al.

In our annual report, we provide information about developments, progress, and outcomes in the consortium and communities, about our task areas and the services and resources developed there, and about our cross-consortium collaboration in the NFDI.

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Culture Community Report 2022

NFDI4Culture Report
Author(s): Patrick Primavesi, Oliver Vettermann, Melanie Gruß, Martin Albrecht-Hohmaier, Martha Stellmacher, Maria Effinger et al.

In our annual report, we provide information about developments, progress, and outcomes in the consortium and communities, about our task areas and the services and resources developed there, and about our cross-consortium collaboration in the NFDI.

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DFG-Code of Conduct "Guidelines for Safeguarding Good Research Practice" (2019)

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Language(s): German

The DFG Code of Conduct represents the consensus of the DFG's member organizations on the fundamental principles and standards of good practice, underscoring the importance of integrity in everyday research.

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Guideline for a FAIR Cultural Studies Research Data Management

NFDI4Culture Guideline
Author(s): Angela Kailus
Version: 1.0.1

In order to be optimally re-usable, research data should be processed according to the FAIR principles. This guideline explains what these principles mean and how they can be implemented in cultural studies and heritage collections.

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Research Data in Cultural Studies – an introduction

NFDI4Culture Guideline
Author(s): Martin Albrecht-Hohmaier, Katharina Bergmann, Christoph Eggersglüß, Andrea Polywka, Alexander Stark
Version: 1.0.1

A basic introduction to research data management in the arts, cultural studies and humanities, with explanations for the most important concepts, standards and tools.

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Shaping inventory-based research

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Language(s): German

In its discussion impulse on the scientific, scholarly and cultural use of collections, the Council for Information Infrastructures (RfII) addressed the (future) role of collecting institutions in the digital transformation of science with regard to the framework conditions.

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Planning 34 Items

Catalog of Quality Problems in Data, Data Models and Data Transformations (2020)

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Language(s): English

The publication identifies concrete data problems in research data on tangible cultural assets. Each problem is described by a structured profile that includes aspects such as the quality dimensions involved, examples, causes and ideas for improvement.

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CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model – Primer (2014)

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Language(s): English

CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model is the reference ontology for cultural heritage information integration (ISO Standard 21127:2014). The primer is an introduction to the fundamentals and basic modelling of CRM and provides a guided introduction.

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Data Life Cycle

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Language(s): German

The description of the data life cycle on forschungsdaten.info is very compact, but as an introduction it explains aptly what the data life cycle is all about.

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Data Management Plan

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Language(s): German

The article offers a good first introduction to the topic of DMP and contains numerous useful, further links for the user (including the specifications of the funding institutions, DMP tools, etc.).

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Data Sharing and Management Snafu in 3 Short Acts (2012)

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Language(s): English

This little data management horror story illustrates fundamental problems in the subsequent use of data that arise due to poor standardisation, documentation and archiving, suitable for initial sensitisation to the topic of research data management.

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Erlangen CRM / OWL

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Language(s): English

As an application ontology, the Erlangen CRM / OWL is an interpretation of the CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model. 
It is the authoritative application ontology of CRM in the German-speaking world and important, e. g., for data stewards carry out implementations on the basis of…

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Rights & Ethics 26 Items

Audiovisual Materials in Research and Teaching – an Overview of Copyright Aspects

NFDI4Culture Guideline
Author(s): Fabian Rack
Version: 1.0.2

The legal opinion (new edition of the 2015 version) explains how audiovisual materials may be used in research and teaching. It explains in which cases researchers must obtain permission and in which use is permitted by law.

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CARE – Traditional Knowledge Label

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Language(s): English

The initiative, founded in 2010, has developed labels that document standards for the consideration of indigenous interests in FDM: the Traditional Knowledge Label (relevance of indigenous forms of knowledge) and the Biocultural Label (expectations of biocultural data…

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CARE – Traditional Knowledge Labels

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Language(s): English

Traditional Knowledge Labels help to implement the CARE principles. Via the page one gets a detailed explanation and further explanations of the TK labels.

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Copyright for Music

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Language(s): German

A useful compilation on copyright for music from sheet music to concert recordings. Spotlights are thrown on music on the internet, the reproduction of music and various scientific use cases  – with details on the use of sheet music.

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Copyright – Creative Commons FAQs

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Language(s): German

The Creative Commons offer a licensing toolkit that has been widely used in the cultural sector. The carefully compiled FAQ on this package covers not only the basics and basic questions, but also many specific topics.

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Copyright – Guide to image rights in art historical practice

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Language(s): German

The Association of German Art Historians has posted a guide to image rights in art historical practice that explains various usage scenarios and the related legal situation. It has been published in an updated edition in 2022, which brings the guide up to date after the copyright…

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Data sharing & publishing 13 Items

Basics of digital long-term preservation. A guide to digital long-term preservation from the perspective of the NFDI4Culture community

NFDI4Culture Guideline
Author(s): Alexandra Büttner, Jörg Heseler, Matthias Arnold
Version: 1.0.2

The guideline conveys the basics of digital preservation, introduces digital archives in NFDI4Culture, explains the path of research data into the digital archive, explains the OAIS model and introduces preservation strategies. The focus is on cultural assets.

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Checklist for appropriate handling of research data

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Language(s): English

This DFG questionnaire helps researchers to plan and describe the handling of research data in their project beyond the context of an application.

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Culture Graph Interchange Format

NFDI4Culture Guideline
Author(s): Oleksandra Bruns, Etienne Posthumus, Harald Sack, Linnaea Söhn, Torsten Schrade, Jonatan Jalle Steller et al.
Version: 1.2.1

The Culture Graph Interchange Format is a lightweight data exchange format based on schema.org. It serves to integrate datasets from the domains of NFDI4Culture into the Culture Knowledge Graph and can enhance their discoverability on the World Wide Web.

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Digital Publications in the Cultural Sector: Examples and Characteristics - Survey Results From the NFDI4Culture Community

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The publication summarizes results from the survey on Enhanced Publications. It presents representative examples and underlines that there are a variety of publication contexts that go beyond standard research publications or digital collections.

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From project proposal to data publication

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This task sheet for beginners contains eight key tasks on research data management, from data capture to publication: Data Management Plan, Data Structuring and Naming, Data Selection, File Formats, Metadata/README File, Legal Aspects, License Selection, Repository Selection.

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RADAR – Guideline on Personal Data

NFDI4Culture Guideline
Author(s): Kerstin Soltau
Version: 1.0.1

This guideline is intended to help you understand what information falls under the term “personenbezogene Daten” and which of these can be published on RADAR4Culture.

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