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 18 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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Spectrum – the UK Collection Management Standard

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Language(s): English German

The Spectrum documentation standard of the British Collections Trust has set guidelines for the comprehensive documentation of museum objects and all related work processes that are considered exemplary and are applied worldwide.

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Spectrum – Digital Asset Management (2013)

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Language(s): English

This document proposes a methodology for integrating the management of digital collections into the existing curatorial and administrative functions of the institution. It is intended as a companion document to the UK Collections Trust's Spectrum documentation standard.

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Report and Recommendations of the Task Force 3D Content in Europeana.eu

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Language(s): English

The document contains both the 2019 survey of 3D content in Europeana as well as a set of recommendations. Although the survey was limited to the content available in Europeana at that time, the results and recommendations can be generalized in principle.

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FADGI – Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Cultural Heritage Materials (2022)

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Language(s): English

This document presents professional methods for creating the most faithful digital reproductions possible of physical two-dimensional collection items such as texts, plans, maps, graphics, or photographs.Iit also focuses on documenting image-related information in metadata.

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Newspaper Digitization Master Plan - Recommendations for the Digitization of Historical Newspapers in Germany

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Language(s): German

The "Masterplan Zeitungsdigitalisierung" summarizes the experiences and results of the DFG project "Digitalisierung historischer Zeitungen" and includes a summary of the most important recommendations.

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Planning 3 Items

Lightweight Information Describing Objects (LIDO)

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Language(s): English

LIDO is an XML schema for providing metadata on objects of material culture for various post-use contexts, from online publication to output via interfaces. It supports the full range of descriptive information on cultural property.

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LIDO manual for the collection and publication of metadata on cultural objects: Graphics (2019)

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Language(s): German

The handbook provides graphic collections with guidance for the acquisition of data and its integration into cross-collection contexts. It looks at the perspective of scientific description of the goods and that of the informational organisation of the data.

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LIDO Manual for the Acquisition and Publication of Metadata on Cultural Objects: Painting and Sculpture (2022)

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Language(s): German

The LIDO Handbook is dedicated to objects of the genres painting and sculpture and is an application profile of the internationally established metadata standard LIDO, which serves as a guide for structuring information in local collection management systems.

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Rights & Ethics 3 Items

Human remains in the repository. Recommendations for care and use (2021)

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Language(s): German

These recommendations for daily collection work in the areas of care, indexing and research, as well as use for teaching and exhibitions, are aimed primarily at those who have not previously worked with human remains, or have done so only rarely.

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Handling of human remains in museums and collections (2021)

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Language(s): German

This 2021 guide from the German Museums Association provides important guidance for collections dealing with issues related to the management, presentation, and restitution of human remains.

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Dealing with collection items from colonial contexts (2021)

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Language(s): German

The guideline of the German Museums Association on dealing with collections from colonial contexts provides information and working aids for collections in researching, documenting and presenting objects and in cooperating with societies of origin.

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