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Cultural heritage and digitalisation

Introduction   General institutions   Digital access  Digital collections  Outside any category  Links

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Digitalisation seems to be the magic wand bringing new life to cultural heritage. This concerns in fact two connected themes: first, digital access to any kind of collections hold by institutions in the field of cultural heritage: museums, libraries, archives, photo and film archives, centres for regional history, and a number of not so easily classified institutions which transcend the boundaries of ordinary heritage institutions.

Secondly, day by day the number of institutions increases which show their collections or major parts of them on the web. In these cases one sees not only an online catalogue or inventory, but one has real time access to the sources and objects of cultural heritage. Thus one can make a virtual visit to a digital library, archive or museum. In the field of digitalisation one encounters small and large forms of cooperation, especially for bibliographies and art history thesauri. Often one can enlarge or diminish the dimensions of the presentations on your screen, and often there are also other ways of adjusting a website to one's wishes.

On this page several links have been put together: links to general institutions working on digitalisation, a selection of sometimes less well known online catalogues and inventories (see for library catalogues and electronic libraries also my links page), and links to a number of digital collections. A few very special collections have been set apart. Of course one webpage cannot present all relevant links, and thus this page ends with references to other lists of relevant links.

General institutions

Introduction   General institutions   Digital access   Digital collections   Outside any category   Links

Digital access

Introduction   General institutions   Digital access   Digital collections   Outside any category   Links

Digital collections

More Dutch websites with visual materials can conveniently be found using a special visual resources page

Medieval manuscripts are often digitized. Instead of sites meant for iconographic research or search sites here some important examples of completely digitized collections. There is more information on the special page concerning medieval manuscripts.

Introduction   General institutions   Digital access  Digital collections  Outside any category  Links

Outside any category

This section mentions a number of institutions, initiatives and digital collections that go beyond traditional borders in one or more ways: centres with combined institutions under one roof, institutions with much more than one would expect, some really remarkable forms of cooperation, and of course some simply stunning collections of exceptional quality.

Introduction   General institutions   Digital access  Digital collections  Outside any category  Links

Other links

Introduction   General institutions   Digital access  Digital collections  Outside any category  Links


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