Creation of a digital infrastructure for image databases

The stuffed crocodile in the Wunderkammer is photographed with a mobile phone.
The stuffed crocodile in the Cabinet of Artefacts and Natural Curiosities is a popular photo motif in the Francke-Foundations.

The historical images in the catalogues of the Francke Foundations are in constant demand and more than 1,200 photos documenting the cultural, scientific and educational work of the Francke Foundations are added each year. The visual material is an important means of fulfilling the Foundation's mission and communicating about the cultural holdings, the themes and the work results of the Francke Foundations.

A digital image database for the organisation of the material can now be selected, adapted and implemented until 2023 within the framework of an EU development fund REACT-EU. The digital service offer of the Francke Foundations for internal, but especially for external users will be fundamentally further developed with this offer. Internally, the digital service will link the digital possibilities more closely with the analogue services, fundamentally simplify the handling of image data in everyday work and, above all, strengthen the supra-regional visibility and effectiveness. In future, external users will be able to view and order the current photos.

The Francke Foundations are a unique educational cosmos in Europe. With its valuable historical collections in baroque school architecture, its exhibitions, but especially its educational and social projects, we are more than just a museum. Founded with the aim of improving society, we offer broad access to democratic education, social participation and sustainable action. Digital access for all is of paramount importance. Under the living and working conditions in the Corona pandemic, this importance has further increased in every respect.