After restoration and conservation, the photographs and design drawings will also be digitised (inasmuch as this hasn’t already been done) to improve consultability and, with this, enhance usability and visibility. A major advantage of digitisation is that the original material no longer needs to be physically consulted, which benefits the lifespan and quality of the collection.
From Scanner to Digilab: Digitisation Gets More Professional
Het Nieuwe Instituut has been working on digitising the National Collection for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning for more than ten years. That process has now undergone considerable professionalisation and acceleration as part of the six-year Disclosing Architecture programme, which focuses on preserving the collection and making it more visible. Digitisation is the starting point and prerequisite for numerous projects designed to make the architecture collection more visible and accessible.
Digitising the Archive of Cora Nicolaï-Chaillet
A large part of the archive of interior architect Cora Nicolaï-Chaillet has recently been digitised as part of the Disclosing Architecture programme. Almost seven metres of archival materials have been translated into 9490 digital files. The digitisation of this archive, one of the few archives in the National Collection created by a woman, fits with our ambition to reveal non-dominant perspectives in architectural practice.