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Repository, Catalogue and Archive for Research Data from Historical Building Research

(DFG-funding 2021-2024) endeavours to develop a comprehensive web-based platform that fosters exchange in the field of historical building research. Due to its object-oriented nature, historical building research often focuses on single projects. Therefore – despite the indisputable relevance of its methods, not least in the wider context of the material turn, and despite its everyday use of digital tools – the discipline up to now has found it difficult to fully embrace the possibilities of the digital age.

Above all, the research community still lacks an online-platform that can employ semantic web technologies in order to unlock the potential of having access to digital data across multiple projects, make its highly successful work more visible in multidisciplinary contexts and foster synergetic effects between researchers, practicing conservationists, and architects.

As a modularly conceived platform, effectively responds to all of these demands.
During the development of’s central catalogue (baureka.index) and its archive for research data (baureka.archive), the community will continuously be encouraged to participate and review’s progress.

baureka.archive will supply and store primary research data and respective analyses, while baureka.index will link the platform with externally stored data and create a central portal for searches of historical building research data. Thus, an important part of the project will consist in developing metadata schemas and interfaces suitable for the indexing and exchange of digital building surveys – schemas and interfaces, which in turn will establish a new basis for a cooperative approach to the field of built cultural heritage as well as enhance current practices in research, conservation and planning.

The project is being undertaken in collaboration with the Fachgebiet Bau- und Stadtbaugeschichte at TU Berlin, Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hermann Schlimme.

For information on the further development of the project as well as on first results please consult the project website.



Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Anke Naujokat
Dr. phil. Sophie Helas M.A.
Felix Martin M.Sc. RWTH
Dr.-Ing. Tobias Glitsch