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Furniture, Headdresses, Tools – 
Insights into Comprehensive Museological Work on Object 
Terminology 
Gitta Böth, LWL-Freilichtmuseum Hagen, Germany 
Manfred Hartmann, LWL-Museumsamt für Westfalen, Münster, 
Germany 
CIDOC Annual Conference 2014 
Access and Understanding – Networking in the Digital Era 
Dresden, 6th – 11th September 2014 
1 
Wussegel 
1. Preliminary notes 
2. The German file of generic terms (Oberbegriffsdatei OBG) 
3. Last projects: Furniture and Headdresses 
4. New project: Tools
Preliminary Notes 
• Work on object terminology is basic work. 
• We bring forward the clear conceptualization of museum 
objects by linguistic terms and describe their contents 
• Terminological control ensures communication. 
• It is not easy to bring words and objects together 
considering different scientific and regional origins. 
2
OBG 
• The file of generic terms was developed 
by users of the object documentation software HiDA. 
• First product was the “generic terms list”: a hierarchy 
of up to seven levels. 
• After a general revision the OBG file has about 4.000 descriptors. 
3
OBG 
• Descriptors and systematical classification 
are complemented by definitions and illustrations. 
• The classification refers to the form or shape of the objects. 
• The data acquisition is web-based (xTree). 
• The vocabulary can be edited by any internet-enabled workstation. 
• Digital and analog exist in parallel. 
4
. Möbel 
.. Sitzmöbel 
... Chaiselongue 
Die Chaiselongue ist ein aus dem Sessel 
entwickeltes Möbel, das durch die 
Verlängerung der Sitzflache eine halb 
sitzende, halb liegende Körperhaltung 
ermöglicht. 
BF Lit de jour 
BF Veilleuse 
Synonyms 
Descriptor 
Description 
5
. Furniture 
.. Seating Furniture 
... Chaise longue 
The Chaise longue is a piece of furniture 
which is developed from the armchair. Its 
seat is long enough to enable a half sitting nd 
a half lying posture. 
BF Lit de jour 
BF Veilleuse 
Synonyms 
Descriptor 
Description 
6
7
Intense scientific encounters create a special culture of 
discussion. Meetings are not always harmonious, but they 
always productive… 
8
If you accept burkas, you can‘t Such a die-hard! 
be against bonnets! 
He only argues because 
his wife weares traditional 
The traditional ceremonial bonnets! 
Munich bonnet must 
be included! 
9
…. The „War of the Bonnets“ ended with the „Bonnet Agreement 
of Chemnitz“: 
The OBG group decided to include some basic types of 
Bonnets unter the generic term „Trachtenhaube“ as selected 
examples of hoods belonging to traditional and occupational 
costumes. 
10
Our new project: The typology of tools 
11
The section in the OBG is headed “tool, device”. 
105 terms are subordinated 
starting with “Abdreheisen” (trimming/turning tool) and 
ending with “Zubehör” (accessories). 
41 of these have subdivisions which are further broken 
down to some extent. 
12
13 
: 
Taken from: 
Reitz-Töller, Maria-Luise: Die 
Putzmacherin. Ein weibliches 
Handwerk. Mainz, 1998, p. 53 
Showing sewing-machines from a 
milliner
14 
Taken from: 
Siuts, Hinrich: Bäuerliche und hand-werkliche 
Arbeitsgeräte in Westfalen. 
Die alten Geräte der Landwirtschaft 
und des Landhandwerks 1890 – 1930. 
3rd ed. Münster, 2002, p. 224 
Showing plate 125: pliers such as 
nipper and endcutting pliers, pig-nose 
pliers, flat-nose pliers etc.
Thank your for your attention! 
15

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Vortrag dresden 2014

  • 1. Furniture, Headdresses, Tools – Insights into Comprehensive Museological Work on Object Terminology Gitta Böth, LWL-Freilichtmuseum Hagen, Germany Manfred Hartmann, LWL-Museumsamt für Westfalen, Münster, Germany CIDOC Annual Conference 2014 Access and Understanding – Networking in the Digital Era Dresden, 6th – 11th September 2014 1 Wussegel 1. Preliminary notes 2. The German file of generic terms (Oberbegriffsdatei OBG) 3. Last projects: Furniture and Headdresses 4. New project: Tools
  • 2. Preliminary Notes • Work on object terminology is basic work. • We bring forward the clear conceptualization of museum objects by linguistic terms and describe their contents • Terminological control ensures communication. • It is not easy to bring words and objects together considering different scientific and regional origins. 2
  • 3. OBG • The file of generic terms was developed by users of the object documentation software HiDA. • First product was the “generic terms list”: a hierarchy of up to seven levels. • After a general revision the OBG file has about 4.000 descriptors. 3
  • 4. OBG • Descriptors and systematical classification are complemented by definitions and illustrations. • The classification refers to the form or shape of the objects. • The data acquisition is web-based (xTree). • The vocabulary can be edited by any internet-enabled workstation. • Digital and analog exist in parallel. 4
  • 5. . Möbel .. Sitzmöbel ... Chaiselongue Die Chaiselongue ist ein aus dem Sessel entwickeltes Möbel, das durch die Verlängerung der Sitzflache eine halb sitzende, halb liegende Körperhaltung ermöglicht. BF Lit de jour BF Veilleuse Synonyms Descriptor Description 5
  • 6. . Furniture .. Seating Furniture ... Chaise longue The Chaise longue is a piece of furniture which is developed from the armchair. Its seat is long enough to enable a half sitting nd a half lying posture. BF Lit de jour BF Veilleuse Synonyms Descriptor Description 6
  • 7. 7
  • 8. Intense scientific encounters create a special culture of discussion. Meetings are not always harmonious, but they always productive… 8
  • 9. If you accept burkas, you can‘t Such a die-hard! be against bonnets! He only argues because his wife weares traditional The traditional ceremonial bonnets! Munich bonnet must be included! 9
  • 10. …. The „War of the Bonnets“ ended with the „Bonnet Agreement of Chemnitz“: The OBG group decided to include some basic types of Bonnets unter the generic term „Trachtenhaube“ as selected examples of hoods belonging to traditional and occupational costumes. 10
  • 11. Our new project: The typology of tools 11
  • 12. The section in the OBG is headed “tool, device”. 105 terms are subordinated starting with “Abdreheisen” (trimming/turning tool) and ending with “Zubehör” (accessories). 41 of these have subdivisions which are further broken down to some extent. 12
  • 13. 13 : Taken from: Reitz-Töller, Maria-Luise: Die Putzmacherin. Ein weibliches Handwerk. Mainz, 1998, p. 53 Showing sewing-machines from a milliner
  • 14. 14 Taken from: Siuts, Hinrich: Bäuerliche und hand-werkliche Arbeitsgeräte in Westfalen. Die alten Geräte der Landwirtschaft und des Landhandwerks 1890 – 1930. 3rd ed. Münster, 2002, p. 224 Showing plate 125: pliers such as nipper and endcutting pliers, pig-nose pliers, flat-nose pliers etc.
  • 15. Thank your for your attention! 15