From November 2007 until October 2010 digiCULT Museen SH has been a pilot project at the Christian-Albrecht University Kiel close-partnered with the Schleswig-Holstein Museum Association for the digital recording and publication of the inventory of selected museums. Based on innovative database and Internet technologies, this project, which is supported by the EU,
opens new opportunities for the documentation, presentation and promotion of the cultural landscape of Schleswig Holstein.
Initially, structures have been developed and tested in cooperation with 50 Museums and other partners. The purpose of these structures is to digitise and document the cultural
treasures of the participating museums, and to make these available to a large network of scientific, educational and public
users, by means of new technologies. The educational and cultural networks of Schleswig-Holstein are partners
to these developments. The digitised objects in the collections have been made available in the portal of the museums of Schleswig-Holstein.
Additionally, the objective is to include the recorded object data in national and international cultural databases. To this end tools and vocabulary of knowledge management and data exchange are to be further developed. The project was supported by EU funds and Land funds from the Zukunftsprogramm Schleswig-Holstein. Supporting institution was the Forschungs- und Entwicklungs-Zentrum FH Kiel GmbH. To proceed this work in January 2010 a incorporated cooperative was founded, that inherited the management in Novemeber 2010.
The cultural heritage of the province is managed and provided by over 200 museums and similar institutions in 135 locations.
They are visited by more than 3 million people per year and are therefore of considerable valuable in terms of structural
profitability and culturally motivated tourism. Many museums today see this as their biggest challenge, namely to exploit
this potential by means of current information and communication media and to make this information available to
many people -regionally, nationally and internationally.
The role of digiCULT is to begin the necessary changes in model, from the classic index card to digital archives
and virtual cultural landscapes.
Working groups and projects in museum associations such as ‘IT based inventory’, ‘Museums for the network’
and ‘Museum portal of Schleswig-Holstein', together with their relevant educational and advisory members,
were involved in the preparations for the desired model change.
The museums selected represent a cross-section of the diverse museum landscape of Schleswig-Holstein according
to museum type, collection focus and structure, and as such impressively reflect the cultural and natural heritage
of the province. Examples of this cultural heritage include important collections of paintings and graphics,
artefacts from the local and city history as well as from the history of navigation and marine life, outstanding
collections of furniture, carved altars from the late middle ages, minerals and fossils, archaeological evidences, indigenous and exotic plants,
stage designs and documents from the history of the theatre.
Hundreds of thousands of museum objects, some of which are on exhibit to visitors in individual establishments and
others which are dormant in storerooms, are authentic and unique representations. The task of digiCULT is to
safeguard and distribute this heritage using the technical capabilities of the current information age, and
in so doing increase the value of this heritage and that of the institutions administering it.