Philipps-Universität Marburg (UNIMAR), D

Being a central unit of the Philipps-Universität Marburg, the German Documentation Center for Art History "Deutsches Dokumentationszentrum für Kunstgeschichte - Bildarchiv Foto Marburg" is a national and international research and service institute. Its mission is to collect, index and make available photographs related to European art and architecture, as well as to conduct research on the history, practice and theory of how visual cultural assets are passed on. With its roughly 1.7 million photographs, Foto Marburg is one of the largest image archives on European art and architecture. Since Foto Marburg publishes the pictorial material and the indexing data of more than 80 partner institutes, it has many years of experience with digitisation and cataloguing of large amounts of material, managing cooperative structures, implementing documentation standards, and publishing heterogeneous data in portals. Its partners are as well museums, offices for the protection of historic monuments, libraries and research institutes. Foto Marburg is actively involved in standardisation work for the museum community on German and international level, together with the German Museum Association, ICOM-CIDOC, and other stakeholders like the Getty. Within the EU-funded ATHENA project Foto Marburg provided its expertise in identifying standards and developing recommendations, and conducted the practical ingestion of data into Europeana for several partners, including its own digitised inventory. As consortium partner in the EU-funded Linked Heritage project Foto Marburg contributes particularly to the coordination of content, training, and the exploration of linking cultural heritage information.

Role in the Partage Plus project: UNIMAR is leader of Work Package 3 (Metadata enrichment). Additionally, UNIMAR is providing 2.000 digital born images from the actual project campaign, documenting Art Nouveau architecture in Germany; 2.500 more historical photographic images of architecture and works of art from - among others - Henry van de Velde and Josef Maria Olbrich are being delivered to the Europeana. Furthermore, UNIMAR is coordinating digitisation and metadata enrichment of cooperating museum partners: the Bröhan-Museum Berlin and the Institut Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt.