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Baureka.online endeavours to develop a comprehensive web-based platform that fosters exchange in the field of historical building research. Even with the availability of digital tools, historical building research often focuses on singular projects due to its object-oriented nature. Despite the newfound relevance of historical building research, exemplified by the recent object-turn, very few digital networks currently exist for such research. The research community lacks an online-platform that can employ semantic web technologies and unlock the potential of having access to digital data across multiple projects. This would make the high-performance community more visible in multidisciplinary contexts, and could foster synergetic effects between researchers, practicing conservationists, and architects. As a modularly conceived platform, Baureka.online effectively responds to all of these demands:
baureka.index is conceived as a central catalogue for data of historical building researchers. Its search engine will aim to make data from baureka.archive or external repositories and archives accessible and searchable. Furthermore, cataloguing analogue data which is withheld by institutions and private researchers, would make it findable for a more sustainable reuse by other researchers. Entries from baureka’s index will be linked to national and international databases via APIs (Europeana, German Digital Library, EUDAT, …).
baureka. archive is intended to enable long-term archiving, citation and provision of historical building research data. The content is limited to object-related primary data, i. e. data collected in native research work on historical buildings. The data will be submitted and made available online on a low-threshold upload-download platform to ensure openness to future file formats. Provided that the guidelines of baureka.online are met not only projects of established researchers, offices and institutions, but also contributions of young scientists can be accepted. The data provider controls the terms and conditions for the use of its research data via various license types. The individual data on the online platform is visible via thumbnails, metadata and short descriptions. An interested user can download the thumbnails or whole projects, depending on their license.
baureka.publications is conceived as an open access online journal for research data and results from historical building researchers. While data can be published and in its raw state in baureka.archive, baureka.publications is specifically designed for interpreted data and papers which will be selected by peer reviewers (if necessary, access can be restricted).
baureka.cloud is intended to be a discipline-specific exchange server. This module will be implemented in longer terms. Sharing documents and data in baureka.cloud will allow a “real-time” data curation, in order to already hold a curated dataset once a research project is finished. In this way baureka.archive’s ingest of entire research projects is much accelerated.
baureka.network is planned in longer terms as a communication tool set for the community of historical building researchers. The module is intended to offer familiar functions from social networks, such as a personal messenger, discussion forums, calendars and personal data exchange.