A Shop Window into the World of Knowledge

Be it sculptures from the Freiburg Minster, medieval paintings and tapestries, art from the cathedral treasure, paintings from the Black Forest, modern and contemporary artworks, Malangan masks, dinosaur fossils or rare geological specimens – each object has been published with illustrations, texts and abundant metadata (inventory number, title, persons, object name, dating, technique, material, location, etc.).

By combining various search and filter options, it is possible to search for specific objects, artists or collections.

Based on different thesauruses, various facets (e.g. time periods, locations or possible uses of digitised material) enable more efficient orientation and browsing within the collection holdings.

In addition to the thesauruses, links to standard vocabularies, such as the GND (Integrated Authority File) as a reference source also play an important role in research and the international exchange of knowledge.

High-resolution images are displayed in a viewer (OpenSeaDragon) optimised for viewing cultural-heritage material in digitised format, which uses the IIIF protocol (International Image Interoperability Framework). This enables a sustainable exchange of image data, e.g. for comparative or collaborative research.

Images of paintings devoid of frames were minimally cropped for aesthetic purposes. 

Sharing, Dialogue and Accessibility

The online format provides the possibility of linking interesting objects and – as long as there is no infringement of copyright – sharing them on social network platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Pinterest or via e-mail.

If you have further information about an object, its provenance and history or come across factual errors, you can contact us via an appropriate comment field.

In the conception, design and technical development of the platform, the requirements for accessibility compliant with BITV 2.0 statutes were taken into account as far as possible. In addition, images of objects were provided with ALT tags to make them more accessible to the visually impaired.

If you have any further suggestions or ideas for improvements, please feel free to send us a message at: online-sammlung@stadt.freiburg.de.