Image Collections

Looking for a technical platform for your digital image collection?

One of the services of Heidelberg University Library for is the provision of technical infrastructure for the publication and archiving of digital image collections. This offer is aimed at art historians and art scholars the world over. Especially within the fast-growing field of digital humanities image data and multimedia objects are important tools. With heidICON provides a digital and interdisciplinary image and multimedia repository, which is custom-tailored for these kinds of data formats.

heidICON is based on the software easydb developed by the company programmfabrik (Berlin). In early 2019 heidICON migrated to the new software easydb 5 and in the course of this migration was converted from its former image oriented recording towards a hierarchical, object oriented form of data management, in accordance with international Standard LIDO (Lightweight Information Describing Objects). The data scheme was created by Working Group Data Harvesting and Interchange, a task force of the International Committee on Documentation (CIDOC). Apart from a significant improvement in the search options on the basis of search engine technology and a modern user interface easydb 5.x offers a fully revised authorization concept. In the future, all features in heidICON can be operated via an extensive application programming interface (API).

heidICON will now also be used as an aggregator database for crosslinking national and international research tools such as prometheus, Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (DDB) or Europeana.

We offer introductory courses for the use of heidICON, its features and work processes on location at Heidelberg University Library.

Examples for image collections in heidICON

in preparation:

  • Anton Raphael Mengs
  • Johannes Itten
  • ABK Stuttgart Plakatsammlung

If you are interested in the provision and archiving of existing digital image collections or if you are currently planning a project, please contact us.


Dr. Maria Effinger
Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg
Plöck 107-109
69117 Heidelberg
Tel.: +49  62 21 54 35 61