Research Tools & Data Services

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With the development of open digital tools and infrastructures, supports research processes in the field of basic and cutting-edge research in art history. The following list gives an overview of selected research tools and data services that have been developed within the framework of or with the participation of and are available for free use. The aim is to provide basic information on specific developments and to make it easier for developers and researchers to re-use them.

Event database for art exhibitions - cataloguing tool

Tool for cataloguing exhibition events as linked open data based on the JSON form framework, which is currently being developed by as part of a projected event database for art exhibitions. The project is designed in such a way that it can be operated with a large number of storage endpoints. A final version is planned for the end of 2023.

Publisher: Saxon State and University Library Dresden

Heidelberg application ontology for catalogues raisonnés and catalogue raisonné template in WissKI-Pathbuilder

The application ontology is an extension of the CIDOC CRM, implemented in Erlangen CRM/OWL. It offers classes and properties that are specific to the description of works of art for a catalogue raisonné or catalogue raisonné. It can also be used to create a data model with a general focus on the documentation and in-depth indexing of artworks, irrespective of the catalogue raisonné context. The Heidelberg catalogue raisonné template in the WissKI Pathbuilder or data model is based on the Heidelberg application ontology and offers detailed scientific indexing.


Module for displaying and editing annotations based on the Open Annotation Collaboration Model (OAC Model) incl. versioning and DOI assignment.

Publisher: Heidelberg University Library
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Technical infrastructure for the online publication of digitised source material incl. redaction module.

Publisher: Heidelberg University Library


Der Heidelberger XML-Publikationsworkflow für wissenschaftliche Monographien, Sammelbände und Zeitschriften. heiPUBLISHING basiert auf den offenen XML-Standards JATS und BITS und ermöglicht die Produktion von mit digitalen Mehrwerten versehenen enhanced publications sowie PDFs und Druckausgaben.

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An infrastructure for generating and providing IIIF manifests via a proxy solution. The infrastructure is available to all data suppliers as Software as a Service (SaaS). 

Publisher: Sächsische Landesbibliothek – Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden
Contact: Dr. Simone Fleischer

Mirador 3 – Adapted User Interface-Plugin

A lightweight plugin that contains a customised user interface for Mirador 3. The plugin allows users to use customised buttons that are specifically designed for the needs of visual studies.

Mirador 3 – Advanced Annotations-Plugin

A plugin for the IIIF viewer Mirador 3 based on the mirador-annotations-plugin, which provides a customised user interface with additional tools.

Mirador 3 – IIIF Wrapper Application

The wrapper app implies additional features for Mirador 3 to enable collaborative work in closed workspaces.

Mirador 3 – Resource List-Plugin

A lightweight plugin for Mirador 3 that provides additional tools for the resource list. Among the additional functions is the possibility to remove added manifests from the resource list.

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NFDI4Culture Registry

An overview of additional research tools and data services specifically for cultural studies is available in the NFDI4Culture Registry.


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