Object-related documentation, investigation and presentation of artefacts from mining history

The Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum carries out a number of projects to explore and emphasize the broad spectrum of opportunities associated with digital indexing. These are mainly dedicated to norm-based, collaborative and digital indexing of cultural artefacts – particularly those related to mining. Standards and procedures for this are developed at the same time.


Research projects

DigiPortA

Digitization and indexing of portrait holdings in archives of the Leibniz Association (“DigiPortA”)

The study of biography, as a “cultural universal”, is one of the core components of historical research. In the 1960s and 70s researchers focused more on social history and took a critical view of biography, regarding it as a backward-looking format which made no substantial contribution to historical scholarship and debate. Since the emergence of the “new cultural history” in the late 1980s, biographical approaches have experienced a marked increase in popularity worldwide. ...

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Mines of the Ruhr: A Guidebook

Mines of the Ruhr: A Guidebook

Today several publications are available which serve as records of former mines in the Ruhr district, and offer a more or less thorough description of the development of the relevant mines. What is missing so far, however, is a concise publication that refers specifically to the remains of the Ruhr mining industry, and makes these accessible for laypeople as well as specialists. ...

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Completed research projects

DigiPEER

Digitization of valuable plans and technical drawings for the recording and exploration  of space in the 20th century (“DigiPEER”)

This is conceived as a pilot project, and as the first step in filling an institutional gap in logging the materials found in collections in Germany. In contrast to classical filed material – for which archival responsibility is usually clear-cut – collected materials (private papers, manuscripts, technical drawings, photographs, maps, plans, audiovisual material, software etc.) cannot automatically be allocated to a particular archive facility. ...

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Contemporary witnesses of the German coking industry

At its general meeting in 2003, the Verein Deutscher Kokereifachleute e.V. (VDKF) had resolved that one of the association’s objectives should be a more intensive study of the history of the coking industry. The board of the VDKF then initiated the establishment of a ‘Historians’ Circle’, to be coordinated by Dr Michael Farrenkopf, head of montan.dok. ...

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Securing know-how in the coking industry

This project has been jointly conceived by the historians’ group of the Verein Deutscher Kokereifachleute e.V. (VDKF, Association of German Coking Industry Professionals), as an external source of funding, and montan.dok. It is based on the following experience: people working in the German coking industry, especially those involved in practical operations, are often confronted with situations where they have to solve current problems. ...

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