Information and discussion on all aspects of British photographic history
A non-profit research project named Daguerreobase launched by the Nederland’s Fotomuseum, and joined in 2009 by the Fotomuseum of Antwerp with the aim of generating as much as knowledge as possible, by identifying preserving and disclosing detailed information on daguerreotypes held in Dutch and Flemish collections. A dedicated website www.daguerreobase.org was created to allow institutions and private collectors to view, edit and store records on individual daguerreotypes and establish relationships between records, based on collections, owners and a wide range of typologies such as size, mounting, hallmarks, etc.
Recently a further step has been taken with a project proposal being submitted, on June 1st, 2011, by the FotoMuseum Provincie Antwerp and the Nederlands Fotomuseum to the European ICP program Call 5. The project aims to improve the current Daguerreobase structure and functionality and to connect the Daguerreobase to the portal for European Cultural Heritage. The main goal of this initiative is to enrich the portal’s content with 25.000 descriptions of European daguerreotypes kept in private and institutional collections together with 6.500 pages of related European historical literature.
The project has a long list of objectives including: developing standards for the description of the daguerreotype plates together with a multilingual set of entries, high quality digitization parameters to reproduce the plates, aggregating metadata on historical and contemporary daguerreotypes and interfacing with Europeana and the founding of an European Daguerreotype Association (EDA)
The proposal was carefully examined by the European Commission, received a very good evaluation for its relevance, impact and implementation and, after a period of negotiation, the project was awarded a grant. SMPhotoconservation is one of the eighteen official participants forming the European consortium, for this project and is responsible for collecting daguerreotypes, descriptions and related objects in Italy.
Since November 1st 2012, the international consortium of eighteen European partners has now been invited to initiate this exciting adventure, that will span over thirty months; it will be completed by March 2015.
Read more here: http://www.daguerreobase.org/
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