[Foundation-l] A heads up

Gerard Meijssen gerard.meijssen at gmail.com
Wed Jul 15 11:03:36 UTC 2009

I have been in discussion with the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam about making
their material available on Commons. The Tropenmuseum has an important
collection on the colonial past of the Netherlands and contains a rich
collection on Suriname and Indonesia. The initial talks are about 100.000

The annotations of this material is all in Dutch. It will come with unique
identifiers back to the physical object in the Tropenmuseum and it will come
with the termbase for the images; this termbase is as I understand it the
equivalent of our categories. Some of the material has a partial translation
in English and, this can be provided to us as well.

The key issue I want to raise is that there are hundreds of museums in the
Netherlands, Belgium and Suriname all using Dutch there are more museums in
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Lichtenstein who speak German .... While we
aim to improve our front end to allow for easy uploads, we do not provide
language support. Language support will help people find pictures in their
language and will help the matching of categories into other languages.

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