Documentation

The digitisation of Paul Steinberg’s murals ‘The Americans’ (1958)  [ Case study ]

The digitisation of Paul Steinberg’s murals ‘The Americans’ (1958) Authors: Lies Van de Cappelle & Katrien De Geest (the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium – Digital Museum)

A huge amount of the works on paper that are collected within the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium (RMFAB) were digitised during the DCA project. The ultimate goal was to record most of the works on paper that were created after 1945. Each work…
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The digitisation of ‘Vergadertafel’ (Axel and Helena van der Kraan, 1976)  [ Case study ]

The digitisation of ‘Vergadertafel’ (Axel and Helena van der Kraan, 1976) Author: Esmee Postma (Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen)
Peer reviewer: Rony Vissers (PACKED vzw)

This case study deals with the artwork ‘Vergadertafel’ (Conference table), created in 1976 by the Dutch artist couple Axel and Helena van der Kraan. Within the framework of the DCA project this artwork has been professionally photographed, digitised and documented in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s collection management system TMS.1 During the…
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Interview with Bartek Korzeniowski (WRO)  [ Interview ]

Interview with Bartek Korzeniowski (WRO) WRO was founded in 1989 as an international festival of media art, which has surpassed its role of being just a cyclical event, and since 1998 has been operating as the WRO Center for Media Art Foundation. It is the first in Poland, and one of the largest surveys of media art in Central and Eastern Europe, taking up issues of contemporary art in the perspective of culture and communication.…
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The digitisation and restoration of the film ‘Office Baroque, a project by Gordon Matta-Clark’  [ Case study ]

The digitisation and restoration of the film ‘Office Baroque, a project by Gordon Matta-Clark’ Author: Sofie Ruysseveldt (Argos, Centrum voor Kunst en Media)
Peer reviewers: Emanuel Lorrain (PACKED vzw) and Rony Vissers (PACKED vzw)

This case study looks at the preservation of the art history documentary Office Baroque, a project by Gordon Matta-Clark by Cherica Convents and Roger Steylaerts, about the realisation of the eponymous work by the American artist Gordon Matta-Clark in Antwerp in 1977. The original reversal…
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The digitisation of media artworks by Elsa Stansfield and Madelon Hooykaas  [ Case study ]

The digitisation of media artworks by Elsa Stansfield and Madelon Hooykaas Author: Gaby Wijers (LIMA)
Peer reviewers: Emanuel Lorrain (PACKED vzw) and Rony Vissers (PACKED vzw)

Within the framework of the DCA project NIMk/LIMA has digitised over 500 artworks made between 1993 and 2005, including additional video artworks from media art pioneers from the Netherlands such as Nan Hoover, Servie Janssen and Stansfield/Hooykaas. Next to this, 1,500 media artworks from the collection have been made accessible online.…
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De digitalisering en restauratie van de film ‘Office Baroque, een project van Gordon Matta-Clark’  [ Case study ]

De digitalisering en restauratie van de film ‘Office Baroque, een project van Gordon Matta-Clark’ Auteur: Sofie Ruysseveldt (Argos, Centrum voor Kunst en Media)
Peer reviewers: Emanuel Lorrain (PACKED vzw) en Rony Vissers (PACKED vzw)

Deze case study behandelt de preservering van de kunsthistorische documentaire Office Baroque, een project van Gordon Matta-Clark van Cherica Convents en Roger Steylaerts over de realisatie van het gelijknamige werk door de Amerikaanse kunstenaar Gordon Matta-Clark in 1977 te Antwerpen. De originele omkeerfilmmontage en magnetische…
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Score Model Digital Sustainability  [ Publication ]

Score Model Digital Sustainability Digital sustainability is a concern for any organisation investing time and money in preserving digital files. But digital files are vulnerable: hardware ages, errors can be made when copying files and file formats can become unreadable in the future. On top of that there is always the possibility that the integrity of digital files is affected as a result of human errors.
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The digitisation of twenty-five artist’s books by Antoni Tàpies  [ Case study ]

The digitisation of twenty-five artist’s books by Antoni Tàpies Author: Núria Solé Bardalet (Fundació Antoni Tàpies)
Peer reviewer: Rony Vissers (PACKED vzw)

Within the framework of the DCA project the Fundació Antoni Tàpies has digitised twenty-five artist’s books by the Spanish artist Antoni Tàpies (1923-2012). The main goal for the digitisation of the books is access.
The Fundació Antoni Tàpies faced three main challenges:
• how to reproduce the artist’s books…
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General video presentation of the DCA project  [ Presentation ]

General video presentation of the DCA project At the occasion of a plenary consortium meeting of the Linked Heritage project in Lisbon (November 2012), Michael Culture recorded a couple of short interviews with CIP-ICT PSP project representatives. Barbara Dierickx (PACKED vzw) briefly presented the DCA project: its consortium, objectives, structure and goals.
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Interview with Laurence Rassel, Núria Solé Bardalet and Jesús Marull (Fundació Antoni Tàpies)  [ Interview ]

Interview with Laurence Rassel, Núria Solé Bardalet and Jesús Marull (Fundació Antoni Tàpies) Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona, November 30, 2012

The Fundació Antoni Tàpies was created in 1984 by the artist Antoni Tàpies to promote the study and knowledge of modern and contemporary art. It combines the functions of a museum, an art and cultural centre and a library. The Fundació Antoni Tàpies organises temporary exhibitions, workshops, lectures, concerts, performances, workshops and film programmes with a range of publications to…
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Interview with Baruch Gottlieb, Ruth Kemper and Susanne Bernstein (transmediale)  [ Interview ]

Interview with Baruch Gottlieb, Ruth Kemper and Susanne Bernstein (transmediale) transmediale office, Berlin, July 24, 2012

transmediale is a Berlin-based festival and year-round project that reveals new connections between art, culture and technology. The activities of transmediale aim at fostering a critical understanding of contemporary culture and politics as saturated by media technologies. In the course of its twenty-five year history, the annual transmediale festival has turned into an essential event in the calendar of media art…
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The DCA project has successfully reached its midterm  [ Press release ]

The DCA project has successfully reached its midterm (Press release of October 19 2012)

The project Digitising Contemporary Art (DCA) is contributing significantly to the presentation of contemporary art available on Europeana, the single access point to Europe's digital cultural heritage. In addition to the artworks and contextual documents, the project delivers practical guidelines on best practices in the field of digitisation and preservation of contemporary art. The project has successfully reached its halfway mark…
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Interview with Pierre-Yves Desaive (the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium)  [ Interview ]

Interview with Pierre-Yves Desaive (the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium) The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, July 11, 2012

The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, host a large collection of artworks, covering a time period that ranges from the 15th until the 21st century. The institution includes five museums: the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, the Museum of Ancient Art, the Magritte museum, the Constantin Meunier museum, and the Antoine…
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Interview with Nynke van der Wal (Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen)  [ Interview ]

Interview with Nynke van der Wal (Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen) Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, June 25, 2012

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is the most important art museum in the Dutch city of Rotterdam. The museum houses a highly diverse collection, from medieval to contemporary art, with a particular emphasis on art from the Netherlands. Some of the most famous artists whose work is on permanent display in the museum are Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel the Elder,…
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Interview met Nynke van der Wal (Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen)  [ Interview ]

Interview met Nynke van der Wal (Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen) Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, 25 juni 2012

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is het belangrijkste kunstmuseum in Rotterdam, Nederland. Het museum heeft een zeer diverse collectie, van middeleeuwse tot hedendaagse kunst en met een bijzondere aandacht voor kunst uit Nederland. Enkele van de bekendste kunstenaars waarvan werk op permanente basis in het museum wordt tentoongesteld zijn Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel de Oude, Rembrandt, Claude Monet, Wassily Kandinsky,…
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Interview with Sofie Ruysseveldt (Argos) and Björn Scherlippens (Mu.ZEE)  [ Interview ]

Interview with Sofie Ruysseveldt (Argos) and Björn Scherlippens (Mu.ZEE) Argos, Brussels, June 22, 2012

Argos (Brussels) and Mu.ZEE (Ostend) are two important players in the Belgian contemporary arts field. As a centre for art and media, Argos manages an extensive and important collection of media art, including works by artists such as Hans Op de Beeck, Michel François, Anne-mie Van Kerckhoven, Peter Downsbrough, Johan Grimonprez, Aglaia Konrad, Sarah Vanagt, Ursula Biemann and Nicolas Provost. Mu.ZEE is…
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Interview met Sofie Ruysseveldt (Argos) en Björn Scherlippens (Mu.ZEE)  [ Interview ]

Interview met Sofie Ruysseveldt (Argos) en Björn Scherlippens (Mu.ZEE) Argos, Brussel, 22 juni 2012

Argos (Brussel) en Mu.ZEE (Oostende) zijn twee belangrijke spelers in de sector van de hedendaagse kunst in België. Argos bezit als centrum voor kunst en media een omvangrijke en belangrijke collectie mediakunst die werk omvat van kunstenaars als bijvoorbeeld Hans Op de Beeck, Michel François, Anne-mie Van Kerckhoven, Peter Downsbrough, Johan Grimonprez, Aglaia Konrad, Sarah Vanagt, Ursula Biemann en Nicolas Provost. Mu.ZEE…
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Presentation at CIDOC 2012 - Enriching Cultural Heritage  [ Presentation ]

Presentation at CIDOC 2012 - Enriching Cultural Heritage CIDOC, ICOM’s International Committee for Documentation, provides the museum community with advice on good practice and developments in museum documentation. The CIDOC annual conference 2012, organised in Helsinki, was entitled "Enriching Cultural Heritage". In the framework of this conference, Lies Van de Cappelle (Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Work Package leader on digitisation supervision) presented the DCA-project.
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Digitising at Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art  [ Case study ]

Digitising at Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art The video by Thanasis Lightbridge allows us to follow the installation by Leda Papaconstantinou being taken out from storage and installed in order to be photographed and videorecorded for the DCA project. Leda Papaconstantinou (female) was born in Greece in 1945. She studied painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts (with Nikos Kessanlis) and Fine Arts at the Kent Institute of Arts and Design in England. In her career…
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Article about the DCA project - published in ARGOSMAGAZINE  [ Publication ]

Article about the DCA project - published in ARGOSMAGAZINE In te April-June 2012 issue of ARGOSMAGAZINE, an article about argos' participation in the DCA project (and the project in general) was featured. In the framework of DCA, argos selected amongst other works by Orla Barry, Manon de Boer, Vincent Meessen, Hans Op de Beeck and Joëlle Tuerlinckx to be digitised. In the article, three significant Belgian audiovisual works are highlighted: 'Televessel' by Joëlle de la Casinière (1985), 'Determination (4)'…
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Publishable summary of mid-term review report  [ Publication ]

As part of the mid-term review report that is requested by the European Commission in the framework of the mid-term project review, a publishable summary highlighting the most significant achievements in the first fifteen project months was written. The text describes the project's goals and objectives, the work progress and main achievements in the first fifteen months and finally the expected final results and their potential impact.
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New publications on metadata and long-term preservation available on DCA website  [ Press release ]

(Press release of March 30 2012)

The project Digitising Contemporary Art (DCA) is contributing significally to the presentation of contemporary art available at Europeana, the single access point to Europe's cultural heritage. Additionally to the artworks and contextual documents, the project is delivering practical guidelines on best practices in the field of
digitisation of artworks.

Recently the project yielded a number of…
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Follow-up presentation on the DCA vocabulary - Berlin plenary meeting  [ Presentation ]

As part of the plenary consortium meeting in Berlin (February 6-7, 2012), WP3 presented a follow-up on the creation of the proposed DCA vocabulary. Based on an analysis of provided vocabularies (one being the GAMA vocabulary, others provided by the partners) a first selection of terms was presented. The vocabulary
should act as the glue between all the DCA collections aggregated by Europeana, and enhance retrieval and harmonisation…
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Digitisation process at Listasafni Íslands / National Gallery of Iceland  [ Case study ]

Digitisation process at Listasafni Íslands / National Gallery of Iceland During a period of five months, the DCA partner National Gallery of Iceland created an open studio in one of their exhibition rooms. In this dedicated space museum visitors could follow the photographing of the works that have been selected to be digitised in the framework of the DCA project. Listasafn Íslands / National Gallery of Iceland is a small institution with limited housing, especially working and storage space. Therefore…
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Presetation at EVA/MINERVA 2011 - 8th Annual Conference on The Digitisation of Cultural Heritage  [ Presentation ]

MINERVA/EVA 2001 Jerusalem is an annual, international event for professionals in cultural heritage and advanced technologies. The conference was chaired by Dr. Susan Hazan and Dov Winer who invited PACKED to give a presentation of the DCA project.
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General introduction to metadata - Porto plenary meeting  [ Presentation ]

As part of the plenary consortium meeting in Porto (September 20-22, 2011), WP3 presented a general introduction about the topic of metadata. The presentation contained two parts: first a general introduction was given, including an overview of the different types of metadata, and the how and why of making metadata exchangeable. In the second part, which was more targetted towards metadata in the framework of the DCA project, WP3 discussed…
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Introduction to the DCA metadata vocabulary - Porto plenary meeting  [ Presentation ]

As part of the plenary consortium meeting in Porto (September 20-22, 2011), WP3 presented a first introduction to the concept of a DCA vocabulary. Since most of the partners will deliver their metadatarecors to Europeana in their own language, retrieval - since the Europeana interface still struggles with multilinguality - of the records might not always deliver the best results. If English keywords could be added to the records, this…
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General introduction to XML - Porto plenary meeting  [ Presentation ]

As part of the plenary consortium meeting in Porto (September 20-22, 2011), WP3 presented a general introduction to XML, eXtensible Markup Language. Since some partners would aggregate their metadata to Europeana using an XML-export of their data, it was crucial that those concerned understood the concept of what XML actually stands for.
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DCA project leaflet  [ Publication ]

At the beginning of the project, a small tri-fold promotional leaflet was issued to present the project.
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Launch of the DCA project  [ Press release ]

(Press release of January 1 2011)

The European Commission and the DCA consortium, comprising 25 partners from 10 EU member states and the 2 associated countries Croatia and Iceland, have officially launched the project Digitising Contemporary Art (DCA). The project initiates a significant increase in the presence of contemporary art in Europeana, the single access point to Europe's cultural heritage. Over the course of 30 months, 21…
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