Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is working on ALMA (Art Links to Artefact). The project, funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, involves converting archives on paper into a digital documentation system, opening up access to these records for researchers and the general public alike.
ALMA links pre-industrial artefacts to images of the same objects in prints and paintings. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s eclectic collection is the starting point for the project, and other collections will be added in due course. The culmination of the project will be a research website that will be accessible to everyone, inspiring and informing every visitor.
ALMA got off the ground on 1 February 2009 and over the last seven months a good deal of hard work has been done to digitize the prints and paintings. Professional photographs have been taken of more than 1600 prints and 180 paintings, and these form the basis of the website. Visitors were able to watch the photographer at work in the gallery. A start has also been made on producing new descriptions of the objects by checking and updating all the data. The foundations of the website have been established in collaboration with the web designer and a new logo has been designed for ALMA. The work scheduled for the months ahead includes digitizing the 2,500 artefacts. The website will be launched on 10 October 2010.