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Information for Researchers No. 08 | 6 February 2013
Standards for Indexing and/or Digitisation of Object Classes in Scientific Collections

The DFG is calling for proposals to create and develop standards for indexing and/or digitising object classes in scientific collections. The projects funded as part of this call will lay the foundations for more extensive indexing and digitisation.

For the purposes of this call, an object class refers to a large collection of public-domain material which is curated and archived in natural sciences, technical or humanities collections (for example models, fossils, rock samples, preparations, herbaria, images, audio files, etc.).

The call is aimed at researchers and scientific service and information institutions in Germany which look after scientific collections of objects and want to participate, preferably in close cooperation with other institutions and the research community, in the creation and development of indexing and digitisation standards for a specific object class. The object classes should be as broad as possible in order to ensure the comprehensive reusability of the standards. The aim of the funding is to develop suitable solutions for the nationwide digital referencing and presentation of research-relevant object classes in scientific collections with regard to established standards for text-based objects such as authority files and the DFG Viewer. Comprehensive reusability of the digital data should be achieved. International developments which may offer scope for subsequent use must be taken into account in project proposals.

Funding is intended to promote both the further development of existing but inadequate standards and the creation of new standards for object classes for which no standards currently exist.

Proposals must be postmarked by 15 May 2013. Informal letters of intent to submit a proposal should be submitted by 15 March 2013.

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