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Meeting of the "Provenance Research and Restitution – Libraries" working group: German Lost Art Foundation optimises the Lost Art Database

Date 2016.04.12

At the fifth meet­ing of the "Prove­nance Re­search and Resti­tu­tion – Li­braries" work­ing group (Ar­beit­skreis "Prove­nien­z­forschung und Resti­tu­tion - Bib­lio­theken") in Spey­er, the head of the Lost Art Database and Doc­u­men­ta­tion De­part­ment at the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion Pe­ter Prölß gave a pre­sen­ta­tion on the planned op­ti­mi­sa­tion of the Lost Art Database. The goal, ac­cord­ing to Prölß, is to in­crease the qual­i­ty of the da­ta, im­prove the search func­tions and make the re­search find­ings from its fund­ed projects avail­able to fu­ture projects. To this end the Foun­da­tion is cur­rent­ly re­view­ing its poli­cies for re­port­ing and delet­ing en­tries.

The Lost Art Database has evolved in­to a cen­tral in­stru­ment in the search for cul­tur­al as­sets seized through Nazi per­se­cu­tion or re­moved as a re­sult of war. The database cur­rent­ly con­tains 166,800 de­tailed en­tries and sev­er­al mil­lion briefly de­scribed items. These now in­clude more than 36,600 items in the hold­ings of Ger­man cul­tur­al in­sti­tu­tions for which con­fis­ca­tion as a re­sult of Nazi per­se­cu­tion can­not be ruled out.

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