After long experiences structuring and shaping databases for scientific purposes in the humanities, we came to the conclusion that most database projects are by far too complicated. We decided to keep the database behind our photographic archives as simple as possible. It’s limited to keyword tree and a slim database with minimal informations about the tree structure and the image data.
Nevertheless, it’s suited to organize large quantities of images. The simplicity helps to build up fast, time saving workflows, and – taking advantage of inherent image metadata (Exif, IPTC, XMP) – allows an easy reuse of all image files for other purposes.
Everything is kept very simple, very open and very powerful! And of course, the entire site is encrypted with SSL.
The „iconicarchive“ is a private project aimed to provide images for research and teaching within a simple and easy-to-use structure. The thematic focus lies on archaeology with three principal thematic sections: archaeological sites, travels and objects within museums. A forth section – still under construction – refers to images with a more personal background.
All sections offer the possibility to search for images by keywords or by browsing a topographic tree. The contents of this website correspond to a personal archive and represent the work of over twenty years. Once the process of digitizing and keywording is finished, the „iconicarchive“ will content over 20’000 images. The main geographical areas are Europe, Near East and Latin America. The „iconicarchive“ is being updated regularely.
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