Historical photographs are precious cultural goods of the past
They serve many disciplines as an important document in the development of historical landscape situations, settlement and building history, as well as an investigation and planning basis for monument protection, landscape planning and geomorphology. Due to the lack of metadocumentation in the huge archive holdings, however, it is very difficult to find and use the individual treasures. In the EU project PhotoStruk crowdsourcing-based procedures are to be used in order to open up large archive stocks through georeferencing and orientation of photographs and make them accessible on the basis of geoinformation. For this purpose, photographs of Atelier Seidel taken in the Bavarian-Bohemia border area are used and a web- and app-based methodology is being tested.
Museum Photoatelier Seidel
Museum Photoatelier Seidel in Český Krumlov with rich archive is owned and operated by city trading company Českokrumlovský rozvojový fond Ltd.(www.ckfond.cz). The archive covers a total stock of 140,000 photographs from the late 19th century to the 1950s. Approximately 20,000 photographs from the archive of the museum are currently digitized, which are documented and enriched with meta data in the PhotoStruk project through automated processes as well as citizen participation. This allows you to search specifically for photographs of a precise location or objekt in a specific time period.
More information about the photo archive of Atelier Seidel at www.seidel.cz
How can I contribute?
Regional knowledge is precious and needs to be collected.
Dive into historical archives and dig into our past.
Do you recognize a displayed object? Then you can mark it on the photo.
Share your expertise and tag the location or content of the photograph.
Exchange of information improves the quality of documentation. We are grateful for every suggestion.
The project PhotoStruk is a joint project of University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice and Technische Hochschule Deggendorf.
The main focus of the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice is on the areas of natural sciences, social sciences and humanities. The strengths of the university lie in the research and development of the thematic area of lifelong learning and the focus on regional development. The project is implemented by the Institute of Applied Informatics, which is part of the Faculty of Science. For further information, please visit the university website at: www.jcu.cz.
On the German side, the project is carried out at Technologiecampus Freyung, a research institute of Deggendorf Institute of Technology with the main focus on computer science. The development of software applications, especially in the area of geoinformatics, the use of web technologies and the development of networked systems, are at the center of research and development. Further projects of the TCF can be found at: www.th-deg.de/tc-freyung.