Year

2020

Summary

The RETOLD project will ensure that open-air museums can continue telling important cultural heritage stories to a diverse public by developing a standardised workflow to collect, digitise, and publish data on buildings, crafts, and traditions.

Lead Partner

EXARC, Netherlands

Co-Partner(s)
  • Irish Partner: Nüwa Digital, Dublin
  • AÖZA (Germany)
  • ASTRA National Museum Complex (Romania)
  • Stadtmuseum Berlin (Germany)
  • Autonomous University of Barcelona
Funding Strand

Smaller Scale Cooperation Projects

Community Grant

€199,999

Description

The RETOLD project will ensure that open-air museums can continue telling important cultural heritage stories to a diverse public by developing a standardised workflow to collect, digitise, and publish data on buildings, crafts, and traditions.

Data will be stored in an open access format so that museum professionals, researchers, and the public can access and use them freely. This will ensure better quality research, the preservation of cultural heritage knowledge for the future, and opportunities for more engaging story-telling about cultural heritage to the general public.

The RETOLD project will create open access knowledge transfer to a new generation of museum professionals, researchers, and the public. This will allow open-air museums to leverage the new possibilities of digital technologies. The end result will be enhanced cooperation between historical and archaeological open-air museums and other cultural heritage specialists, strengthen research and improve the sustainability of open-air museums as guardians of cultural heritage.

Open-air museums are vast repositories of cultural heritage data currently located in archival records, photos, video, and the minds of museum staff and volunteers. There is a real risk that without a standardised process for capturing and storing this data, it will be lost forever.

Open-air museums are process and action-oriented, rather than artefact oriented. Therefore, the CIDOC Collection Reference Model, that revolves around events and processes (as opposed to objects), will be used in this project. The standardised workflows created by this project will be shared in an open access form on multiple platforms, and open-air museums will be actively encouraged to adopt them.

The end result will be:

  • Enhanced cooperation between historical and archaeological open-air museums and other cultural heritage specialists
  • A strengthening of the research and interpretation framework of open-air museums
  • Increased long-term sustainability of open-air museums as guardians of cultural heritage.