The Virtuelle Kupferstichkabinett (Virtual Printroom) is a joint project being carried out by the Herzog August Bibliothek (HAB) in Wolfenbüttel and the Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum (HAUM) in Braunschweig, Germany. The aim of the project is to create a virtual combination of a representative selection of items from the print collections of both institutions. These include holdings which once belonged to the former ducal collections, but are now divided between the HAUM and the HAB. The main focus will be on works dating from before 1800. 40,000 prints will be digitalised and described in the course of four years. Descriptions and linked images will be entered into a database which will be freely available via the internet. Formal descriptions will be based on international standards. In addition all imprints will be indexed by Foto Marburg using Iconclass. The database will be accessible via a common internet portal of the HAUM and HAB, as well as through the indexes of the archives of Bildarchiv Foto Marburg..
In March 2011 there was an international conference "Printroom online" organised by Herzog August Bibliothek and Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum. Information and abstracts of the contributions are available.
A presentation of the project given at Herbsttagung des Dt. Museumsbunds | Fachgruppe Dokumentation | Berlin 2011 by Christiane Pagel: here (PDF).
Funding: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
Person in charge: Ad Stijnman
Contact: Dr. Christian Heitzmann