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The Partage Plus project
The National Board of Antiquities and the National Museum of Finland were two of the participants of the joint-European Partage Plus project, which began in March 2012 and ended in spring 2014. The goal of the project was for the 24 participating museums to digitise a total of 75,000 Art Nouveau items for the Europeana database, which showcases the cultural heritage of Europe. In addition to traditional digitalisation, the project aimed to create 3D models of some 2,000 items.
The project’s goals were successfully reached and partly even exceeded. At the end, a total of 81,000 Art Nouveau items were digitised during the project, and 3D models were created of some 2,000 of these items. In Finland, the project participants included the National Board of Antiquities, the National Museum of Finland, and the Design Museum.
During the project, participants familiarised themselves with the latest standards of digitalisation, multilingual glossaries and the 3D modelling of digitised items. However, the biggest draw was the subject matter of the project: Art Nouveau. The National Museum of Finland had an ideal entry to the project in the form of the original decor and furnishings of the national romantic Hvitträsk villa, designed by architects Gesellius, Lindgren and Saarinen, as well as related photographs. Hvitträsk is considered to be a seminal piece of art from Finland's Art Nouveau period.
A total of 521 items and other materials were digitised as part of the digitalisation of Hvitträsk. These included, for example, items from the villa’s original decor and furnishings, such as furniture designed by Eliel Saarinen, rugs from the beginning of the 20th century, as well as Finnish and German copper items. Photographs of Hvitträsk were also digitised. You can have a look at the digitised items and images at:
The project also included the 3D modelling of some 2,000 items from various museums.3D technology developed at a tremendous pace during the two-year span of the project, resulting in numerous alternative methods becoming available. Despite this, the application of 3D modelling in museums is still in the trial stages;only a few of the museums that took part in the project have made extensive use of 3D technology.The advantage of the method chosen for the Partage Plus project was speed, but the downside was that the resolution of the created images was low.
A sample 3D model of an item digitised as part of the project can be viewed at http://bit.ly/1pB3UJx. The image format is Adobe’s 3D-PDF.
The Europeana database can now also be searched in Finnish
In addition to improving the versatility of digitised information, the Partage Plus project also focused on the creation of multilingual glossaries and authoritative databases. All of the 81,000 items added to the database during the project can be searched in the official languages of the participating countries.
All Finnish items in Europeana can also be searched in Finnish. The Finnish-language materials can be found at http://www.europeana.eu/portal/search.html?query=*:*&qf=TYPE:IMAGE&qf=LANGUAGE:fi&qf=PROVIDER:%22Partage+Plus%22&rows=24
Hvitträsk, which exemplifies national romantic architecture, is considered to be a seminal piece of art from Finland's Art Nouveau period. The building still includes a large number of items from its original decor and furnishings. These include, for example, furniture designed by Eliel Saarinen, rugs from the beginning of the 20th century, as well as Finnish and German copper items.
The Partage Plus project's website
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Last updated 11.4.2014
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