Over the next six years, Het Nieuwe Instituut is busy making the architecture collection visible through restoration, conservation and digitisation. One of the elements of the Closer to Architecture programme is the Linked Open Data (LOD) project. LOD has reached its first milestone by making collections materials available online via Collectie Nederland (the Dutch National Collection).
More than 13,000 objects from the archives of Het Nieuwe Instituut are now available online via Collectie Nederland, the database of the Dutch National Collection, including design drawings and posters, the entire collection of 1500 architectural models, and the entire inventory of Sonneveld House, including Functionalist furniture, lamps and household objects.
Linked Open Data
LOD is an important element within the Closer to Architecture programme. LOD aims to enrich the internet by making data sets more accessible and connecting them via the international LOD standard. The purpose of linked open data is to connect and retrieve data from different sources, making it accessible to more parties. Available heritage information can thus better meet the needs of users from education, science, the creative professions, the heritage sector and other interested parties.
Collectie Nederland is updated weekly so that all of Het Nieuwe Instituut’s newly digitised archives, including images, will be visible on the website. The website can only publish open data, which means that copyrighted archives such as those of Rem Koolhaas, J.J.P. Oud and Gerrit Rietveld cannot be part of the data sets made available through LOD. Het Nieuwe Instituut is in talks with copyright holders in order to be able to make available as much data as possible.
The collections of more than a hundred museums and other cultural institutions are available via Collectie Nederland, a project initiated by the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, making around six million objects accessible via a single website.
National Collection of Ducht Architecture and Urban Planning
With around four million documents, the National Collection is one of the world’s largest collections in the field of architecture. Containing the archives of the most important architects and urban designers, the collection offers insights into 130 years of the development of Dutch architecture and urban planning. The collection also contains a library with books and magazines about international architecture, urban design, spatial planning, interior design, art, design and digital culture.
Digitisation is one of the most important issues in managing the National Collection and making it accessible to the public. Within the context of Het Nieuwe Instituut, which is also concerned with digital culture, it is only natural that in addition to digitising the collection itself, we also aspire to use digital technology to create new meanings.
Objects in the image, with links to Collectie Nederland
- J.W. Spear & Sons. Kwartetspel ‘Hollandsche Steden Kwartet’, 1920/30
- Herman Hertzberger. Ontwerpmaquette Ministerie van Sociale Zaken en Werkgelegenheid, 1979/90
- H.P. Berlage en P. Zwart. Kop en schotel van ontbijtservies, 1924
- Vervaardiger onbekend. Stalenboekje met acht stalen van geruite stof, 1952/53
- W.H. Gispen. Kinderstoel, 2003 (Gebr. Van der Stroom)
- MVRDV. Maquettes Eyebeam Instituut, New York, 2001/02
- De Nederlanden van 1845. Legpuzzel ‘De Nederlanden van 1845’, 1924/52
- Lucas Ellerman. Ontwerpmaquette kantoorgebouw BIM, Amsterdam, 1973-1974
- Vervaardiger onbekend. Bordendoeken met rode randen.
- Malkit Shoshan. Maquette ‘Camp Castor’, 2016.
- John Lonsdale. Maquette 'Shifting horizons', 2001
- Varossieau. Kleurenwaaier, 1957.
Finders Keepers: collections from the archives
The exhibition Finders Keepers presents collections of valuable and worthless objects and the fascinating stories behind them. The State Archive is, in fact, a collection of collections. Within individual archives yet smaller collections can be identified. Finders Keepers features several of these collections that reveal something of the collectors’ motivations.
From penholders to jigsaw puzzles: 500 objects from the collection, photographed and described
Most of the archives in the collection contain two-dimensional materials that reflect the activities of an architectural practice, such as drawings, sketches, photographs, letters and notes. In some cases, an architect’s estate also contains small objects, such as drawing materials, name plates, penholders, colour and material samples, tableware, sculptures and small tools, such as spirit levels, volutes, trowels or rulers. The collection contains around 500 objects of this kind. Almost all of them have been photographed and described and can be viewed via the Search Portal.