Beyond the Item

The bITEM project - short for Beyond the Item - Biographies and Itineraries of Cultural Heritage Objects in Museums and beyond - aims to present well-known museum objects in a state-of-the-art web application that is freely accessible online. The objects and their biographies are vividly described and, in addition to images and texts, 3D models as digital twins, timelines, and story maps are made available. Furthermore, the objects are presented with important actors in network visualizations. Object bibliographies thus become traceable and the journey of the exhibits to the museum is easy to understand. Within the project, data is digitized according to the FAIR principles. Data are mapped using CIDOC CRM and provided online. OpenAtlas is used as backend to acquire, edit and manage data. It is entirely built upon open source software. Research and development at the within the bITEM project at the NHM Wien as well as at the LBI ArchPro is funded by the go!digital 3.0 program of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (GD3.0_2021-17).

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Principal Investigators

Viola Winkler
Zoologist as well as operator for the MicroCT and the NHMW 3D Lab

Roland Filzwieser
Historian and digital humanist with focus on archaeological prospection and landscape archaeologist

Core Team

Stefan Eichert
Archaeologist and digital humanist

Nikola Brodtmann
Geographer with focus on geology

Anna Haider
Zoologist and expert for 3D scanning

Sandrina Schwarz
Data acquisition

Nina Richards
Geographer with focus on geology

Additional Support

Mathias Harzhauser
Geologist and paelontologist

Andreas Kroh
Geologist and taxonomist

Caroline Posch

Johannes Preiser-Kappeller
Analyst for historical networks

Alexander Watzinger
Software developer

Host Institutions and Contact

Natural History Museum Vienna (NHMW)
Contact: Viola Winkler

Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection & Virtual Archaeology (LBI ArchPro)
Contact: Roland Filzwieser

Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage (ACDH-CH)
Contact: Nina Richards


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