Testimonials & brief history

DNA from top down to bottom up

In 1999 CulturalHeritage.cc was founded with the mission to create an affordable software product and online community for museum professionals.
The software was available in the Cloud and as Stand-alone version: MuseumD-System.

The Stand-alone version was specially made for African museums without internet connection (2001).
In 2003 the program was distributed to 250 museums on the African continent.

MuseumD-System is TOP DOWN and managed by the archivist or registrar.



Since 2019 the MuseumD-System data model is transformed by DynamischArchief.nl to the bottom-up structure.
The original top-down model is also incorporated.
Users have a choice of 33 different 'permission' levels depending on their Terms of Reference or specific requests.



by users of the MuseumD-System application




(...) A special component of the program entails exposing paticipants to cutting edge technological applications in the heritage/museum sector. It is on record that CulturalHeritage.cc Foundation has been offering valuable assistance in the provision of training on the use of digital registration and documentation of objects of cultural heritage to participants since 2006 (...)

Yours sincerely, Lekgetho James Makola, AcCTng Senior Manager
Heritage Resources and Environmental Management Department
African Program in Museum and heritage studies (AMPHS)

Henrik Witbooi

Collection inventories were made in several African countries. Visit the historic photo collection Swakobmund museum in Namibia



(...) The computer program that the CHF has developed to digitize museum collections is suitable for registration and digitization of all kinds of museum collections in Russia. (...)

Long term results of the project:
1. The correct information makes thorough publication of the collections possible.
2. Museums can publish their own collection catalogues or can add to existing publications.
3. Exchange of collections on loan nationally as well as internationally is made easier.
4. International exhibitions can be organised.
5. Art theft, illegal transportation of art objects and illegal dealing in art will be prevented.
6. We hope that this project will contribute to a far wider repute of the work of our non-profit organisation.

Sincerely yours,
Vladimir Iljits Tolstoy
Chairman of the Central Board of the Russian Museum Association
Director of the State Nature Reserve and Museum-Countryhouse of Lev N. Tolstoy “Yasnaya Polyana”

Visit the collection Dutch Flemish Art in non-western countries as inventoried by the participating museums.



2008-2009: NEMO Energetica collection
(...) The Energetica collection (16.097 electric objects) has been successfully imported and upgraded within the CulturalHeritage.cc web environment. (...)

With the new owner of the collection, NEMO Science Centre, the program was incorporated into the NEMO CMS.

 Visit the 'household appliences' a selection from the Energetica collection (present owner NEMO)



"Imposante database! Ik weet niet of dit technisch* kan, maar daarvoor stel ik de vraag hier intern. Leuk dat je Rien Bekkers als voorbeeld noemt; wij hebben van hem enkele kostuums uit de film Erik en het klein insectenboek!
Het affiche (dat ik ook in je digitale bestanden zag) hebben wij in de collectie; net zoals de meeste jaren volgens mij, en enkele lokale toevoegingen uit bijv. Haarlem."

Soeluh van den Berg
Hoofd Filmgerelateerde Collecties

*) betreft de vraag koppeling personen EYE archief en DNA


Bottom up

June 2019: a modified data model
The maker becomes the archivist


2019 - present

"UniqueCollection (based in the Dynamic Archive blueprint) is a powerful tool for the work in Latin american institutions for the heritage's protection. It is used in at least 10 museums and other institutions in the last years, for register and diffusion of their collections."

Vanessa C. Valverde S. ILAM
Women Techmakers Ambassador - Chile

"Specifiek voor het digitale materiaal van de podiumkunsten is er het Dynamischarchief.nl. (...)
 Het Dynamisch Archief kan producties en individuen aan elkaar verbinden, zodat je gelijk kunt zien aan welke andere producties iemand heeft meegewerkt." (...)

Guido Jansen, Podiumkunst.net

"Het platform dat ontwikkeld wordt is een enorm flexibel portaal waarin een individuele kunstenaar zijn of haar werk kan beheren. Dat gaat van documentatie/archiefmateriaal, over projectplanning en ontleningen, tot zelfs document- en bibliotheekbeheer. Het systeem is opgevat als een lege doos, met een flexibele voorgeprogrammeerde structuur die aansluit op de noden van kunstenaars. Gegevensinvoer (en dus controle) wordt bij de kunstenaars gelegd."

Tom Ruette, Hoofd IT Kunstenpunt.be

"We are really excited about your system and have been busy identifying which artists and estates would be most suitable for a road test. We think we have some strong candidates and would hope to do a bit more exploring ourselves over the first weeks of January."

Mark Waugh, art360foundation.org.uk


Netwerk Digitaal Erfgoed

13 sept 2019: DNA ondertekent het Manifest

" ik heb de pagina's over het dynamisch archief bekeken. Wat een interessante insteek en opzet! Ik zag dat de database en de site gericht zijn op kunstenaars en op podiumkunsten, juist deze gebieden behoren (nog) niet tot het werkterrein van het Netwerk Digitaal Erfgoed."

Wilbert Helmus, Netwerkmanager Netwerk Digitaal Erfgoed

Meer over DNA en DERA


Summary of the DNA history

2000 - 2018
Since 2000, programs were executed in concert with an international group of renowned museum professionals from The Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (at the time ICN), The International Council of Museums (ICOM), The South African Heritage Resource Agency (SAHRA), the Russian Museum Association (RMA), UNESCO Mozambique, the Dutch National Institute of the Pipe Organ (NIvO), several individual museums and the Instituto Latinoamericano de Museos (ILAM.org), respectively.  ILAM.org is distributor of the CMS program in Latin America and the Caribbean. ArchiveTech.net distributes the CMS in the Western hemisphere. 

The CMS programs are all Cloud based since 2001, as demanded by the nature of the cross-bordering projects.

CulturalHeritage.cc was non-profit based, and aimed to be financially self-sustaining by offering a variety of services to the heritage sector. Present and future use of the CMS - as provided to third parties - is guaranteed in line with the same conditions as agreed with the Foundation.
CulturalHeritage.cc was sponsored incidentally by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Prince Claus Fund, institutional and private funds, and additionally by providing trainings and organize projects. Read more: resources 

CulturalHeritage.cc was founded by Cees List (1939 - 2014), Floris Guntenaar and Iwan Baan.
Paul Mijksenaar designed the first application interface.

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