DAS-Project paper for The Day Of Archaeology 2011

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Beitrag für den Day of Archaeology 2011 über die Digitalisierung der archäologischen Sammlung des Lippischen Landesmuseums Detmold, um die Funde und Objekte zur Präsentation im Internet in ein Objekt-Portal wie museum-digital zu überführen.

Paper for the Day of Archaeology 2011 about the Digitization of the archaeological collection of the Lippisches Landesmuseum Detmold to bringt the finds and objects into an object-portal like museum-digital to present them in the www.

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DAS-Project paper for The Day Of Archaeology 2011

  1. 1. The DAS Project Digitization of an archaeological collectionBy Guido Nockemann on July 29, 2011 in Community Archaeology, Education, MuseumArchaeologyHi! My name is Guido Nockemann and I’m currently working on the DAS project, thedigitization of the archaeological collection at the Lippisches Landesmuseum inDetmold/Germany. Till may 2011 I’ve worked as a research volunteer in the department ofground monument conservation at the Lippisches Landesmuseum Detmold. Since June2011 I am entrusted with the design, implementation and scientific management of theDAS project.Some facts about the project: The aim of the DAS project is the digitization of all objects ofthe archaeological collection of the Lippischen Landesmuseum.In the daily routine of a museum, it is impossible to exhibit all the objects. Digitisationallows to access all objects via the Internet for the public and research. So what exactlydoes “digitization”? All information of an object (name, function, age, size, color, weight,literature, origin, etc.) will digital recorded as text and supplemented by a digital image.Thisinformation will be recorded in a database and afterwards imported into a publiclyaccessible online database: the portals “museum-digital” and “europeana”.
  2. 2. The tools for digitizing: PC, documents, measuring tools, a digital camera, books, theInternet,…and the finds.Museum-digital is an initiative with the aim to make digitised museum items availablethrough the Internet. Museums in various parts of Germany have joined forces torespective regional museum associations or initiatives and got involved in the museumdigital project, including the Lippisches Landesmuseum Detmold, where the DAS project iscarried out now.You can find already digitized objects of the LLM here.The Internet portal europeana is a platform in which, via the European digital libraries,selected museums and archives can be searched.The Lippisches Landesmuseum Detmold, a facility ot the Landesverband Lippe, is alreadypart of both portals. The DAS project is still at the very beginning but on its way. It isfunded by the Lippisches Landesmuseum Detmold and the Stiftung StandortsicherungKreis Lippe. I am an employee of the company SCRIPTORIUM commissioned to carry outthe project at the Lippisches Landesmuseum.So, what am I doing exactly? The department of ground monument conservation at theLippisches Landesmuseum Detmold keeps about every find and each site a file.Some of these documents are very old. The Lippisches Landesmuseum was founded 175years ago and from the beginning archaeological finds were collected.
  3. 3. So, first I work through the documentation and hack all the information about it into adatabase. Then I get the boxes with the finds from the magazine and describe the content,the number of artifacts, their condition, the kind of the objects, their dating, etc and feedthis information also in the database. This is the big part of the work. For the rightclassification and dating of the objects I have to consult books, databases, publications ofother museum-collections, colleagues… my brain and have to hope that I didn’t forgeteverything I’ve learned at University. Sometimes the gathering of the data is just a matterof minutes, sometimes it takes a week to get all required information.I also make documentary pictures of the artifacts and integrate them into the database. Forthe presentation of the finds at the Internet portal of museum digital, I take them, not everypiece but the more “beautiful” ones, to our photographer who make some realy finephotographs of them. When enough objects have been digitized I export the data sets andsend them to my contact at museum digital who upload them to Internet database. Afterthat everybody with access to the Internet can search and find the objects. The result ofthe project will look like this (click the pic):
  4. 4. It’s fascinating to go through a whole archaeological collection and work with so manyfinds. There is so much to tell about them. And it´s also a very important work. Science justwork by sharing information. The digitization helps to make the finds known by otherarchaeologists and the public. Scientists can use the information to compare finds, to findout how old they are, their function, etc. This project is very interesting for me, because Isee a lot of finds of various kind and dating. There is no better way to learn much aboutarchaeology. And every day you get some surprises when you recognize a nice and rarebut still unknown object and can bring it to public and tell its story.For more information about the project and museum digital:Digitised objects of the Lippisches Landesmuseum Detmold @ museum-digitalDAS-Project @ FacebookThe blog of museum-digital with posts of the DAS-Projectmuseum-digitaleuropeanaThe Lippisches Landesmuseum DetmoldThe Landesverband Lippemyselfme @ Facebookmy side project “Ask the Archaeologist2.0″ @ Facebookand @ posterousThe The DAS Project – Digitization of an archaeological collection by Day of Archaeology,unless otherwise expressly stated, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.Archaeology, Artifact, Detmold, Digitizing, Europeana, Guido Nockemann, internetdatabase, museum, museum-digital Blog under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 LicenseBlog under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 LicenseDay of Archaeology logo by Glenn Hustler.

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