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2014-11-06: denkmal/MUTEC

The two trade fairs denkmal 2014 and MUTEC open their doors in Leipzig from 6th to 8th November – CDS Gromke e.K. will take part with a booth.

From 6th to 8th November CDS Gromke e.K. will be present at the double trade fair denkmal 2014 and MUTEC. Projects dealing with efficient digitisation of collection inventories and the integration of Digital Asset Management Systems with collection databases in order to manage image and media data well will be our focal points.

We would like to exchange informations with you at our booth. Gladly we’ll provide insight into successful projects and into visions oft he future. The following topics are of special interest:
  • Latest HighEnd technology for efficient digitisation of complete collection inventories consiting of various kinds of objects
  • Logistics of successful digitisation projects providing digital media instantly after the digitisation process in databases for search
  • Digital Asset Management in museums and integration with collection databases
  • Long-term archiving of media data
  • Replica and facsimile

  • We’ll be glad to welcome you at our booth. Please send us a note with date and time you would like to visit us so that we can allocate enough time for you.

    Digitisation with simultaneous gathering of metadata and instant availability in databases in short timing provides structured inventory, reduces access times and stimulates attendence in the public.

    2014-10-08: CIDOC Dresden

    CDS Gromke e.K. will exhibit at the CIDOC Conference in Dresden from 8th to 10th September 2014. Efficient management of image and media data in museums integrating Digital Asset Management (DAM) with collection databases will be our main topic.

    From 8th to 10th September we’ll show at our stall practice applications and visions to topics as:
  • Efficient management of image and media data with Digital Asset Management (DAM) in museums
  • Less duplicates through single sourcing
  • Integration of collection databases with Digital Asset Management (DAM)
  • Exchange of image and media data relieving the load of network
  • Server-based generation of working copies for various applications (size, resolution, data format, color space and so on)

  • At the 9th September between 11.00 and 12.30 hours Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD) and CDS Gromke e.K. together represent their integration project Cumulus DAM with Daphne collection database. The lecture under the title „Integration of Digital Asset Management with the documentation strategy of Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden“ takes place at the Kulturzentrum Dreikönigskirche.

    Already by now there are more than 10 of the 15 museums belonging to SKD included. At present there are about 700.000 high-resolution images stored in the ever growing DAM-System. The principle of single sourcing means archiving only high-resolution files and generating working copies of various requirements by the server when needed. Thus the SKD is in the position to reduce the number of duplicates stored tremendously. Hence one oft the main goals has been achieved – the repression of the exorbitantly increasing storage volume.

    Digital Asset Management (DAM) organises your media data, reduces access times and inspires the attendance in the public.

    Some more information you will find on

    2013-11-27: DAM Conference London

    The first international conference "Digital Asset Management for Museums" is being held at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London on the 27th November 2013.

    CDS Gromke will be at booth 10 showing how our digital asset management (DAM) solutions have been successfully implemented at many renowned museums - the GRASSI Museum for Applied Arts in Leipzig, the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden and the Museum Foundation Post and Telecommunication in Berlin, Frankfurt, Bonn and Nuremberg.

    Discover the importance of creating efficient and effective media workflows and how digital asset management solutions can be integrated within a museum's existing IT infrastructure working seamlessly with collection databases and other systems. See how the Cumulus DAM solution from Canto is integrated with collection databases such as MuseumPlus and Daphne.

    We welcome all visitors from the museum and heritage community and look forward to meeting with you all at the first international conference "Digital Asset Management for Museums". In the UK we cooperate with JPY plc in Surbiton.

    2013-11-20: EXPONATEC Cologne 2013

    During November 20-22, 2013, we will once again be represented at EXPONATEC COLOGNE.

    We can currently present very interesting solutions to integrate Cumulus Digital Asset Management Systems with museum databases. Several of these projects are already running successfully in the daily operation of the museums, and more are being developed.

    Our stand will be dedicated to this highly topical subject:


    At the EXPONATEC COLOGNE 2013, there is naturally also interest in our more traditional topics:




    We look forward to your visit.


    2013-07-02: OpenCulture 2013 London

    The OpenCulture 2013 in London has just closed its doors. Visitors and exhibitors from all over Europe and from overseas could thoroughly acquaint themself with the latest trends and the coming challenges for museums. Plenty of advice to the burning topics of the world of museums was offered to the participants by speakers and exhibitors.

    Digital Asset Management – the efficient management of image and media files – will be one of the most important tasks in museums in the years to come. For the first time the final version of SPECTRUM Digital Asset Management was presented by Nick Poole, Chief Executive of Collections Trust. Download is available from The booth of CDS Gromke e.K. in cooperation with JPY PLC, Surbiton, UK was focussed exactly on this latest topic and offered detailed information. Along with their conference documents all participants received a printed summary of three articles published by CDS Gromke e.K. under the headline „Archive and Protect, Find and Use“, giving answers to relevant questions connected to the introduction of Digital Asset Management in museums. Printed brochures were handed out at the booth. They are available for download from our Website:
    1. Collection Databases and Digital Asset Management
    2. Approaches fort he efficient Handling of Image and Media Data in Museums
    3. Workflow of Image and Media Data in Museums

    SPECTRUM DAM Compliance has been applied for our services.


    2013-04-24: Digital Spring 2013

    The “Digital Spring” event series by CDS Gromke.

    There are many good reasons for capturing art and other cultural items and distribute them digitally: Information and awareness, protecting the original, development and security, science and research exchanges, unlimited and constant access for everyone…

    But how do you embark on a digitisation project? What do you need to consider in planning and implementing such a project? What technical, structural or legal aspects are important? In Leipzig on April 26 experts from museums and archives services answered these and other questions.

    Before original paintings, archival records or books are turned into bits, there should be clarity surrounding the purpose of the digitisation project: Is it for internal or external use? Is an overall capture sufficient or should the components be developed and processed in detail? The initial information will indicate the basic “DFG Digitisation” rules or the publication by Nestor for long-term archiving. Depending on a project‘s objective, scope and complexity, it is recommended to seek the advice of a consultant with respect to the technical-, financial-, time-, as well as organisational- and staffing requirements that the digitisation project is likely to demand.

    Many institutions place a lot of emphasis on the compatibility of the planned digitisation with existing systems, such as museum databanks. Digital Asset Management Systems (DAM) assist in efficiently capturing a large amount of image- and media files (digital assets) and are useful for a range of purposes. An effective link between the two systems helps staff opening, finding and using the digital files. Basic information on the technical know-how for creating digital objects was presented during a live scanning of a new, large work of Leipzig painter Norbert Wagenbrett.

    Norbert Wagenbrett stellt sein jüngstes Werk zur Cruse-Live-Demonstration zur Verfügung.
    (Painter Norbert Wagenbrett lends his latest work to the Cruse Live Demonstration.)

    One of the main reasons for digitisation is to secure information, in particular when the material is inevitably going to be threatened by decay. Such a risk exists for example with photographs on a nitrate base. This was the case for the Deutsche Fotothek (Dresden) and they were faced with the task of digitising more than 110,000 negatives in high-resolution, parts of which were at risk. This project was implemented as part of “KUR – Programm zur Konservierung und Restaurierung von mobilem Kulturgut“ (Programme for the conservation and restoration of mobile cultural assets).

    Developing digitised collections can be a useful complement when it comes to crowdsourcing and swarm intelligence. Examples illustrating just this were presented by the Stadtgeschichtliches Museum (City Museum) Leipzig, whose online database has seen a significant growth in traffic from around the world. Following some thorough examination and advice from experts as well as amateurs, not only were they able to fill knowledge gaps but also to make certain corrections.

    The aim of the “Digital Spring” event series is to convey new research, solutions and practical knowledge and to promote exchange between those involved in culture and services. At the request of many participants, long-term archiving, image- and media file work-flow, as well as costs and financing of digitisation projects will be the focus of coming events.
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    Source: KulturBetrieb. Magazin für innovative und wirtschaftliche Lösungen, volume 2 2013 (May)

    2012-07-26: OpenCulture 2012 London

    Digital Asset Management in museums was one of the latest topics at the OpenCulture 2012 in London.

    Digital Asset Management auf der OpenCulture 2012 Technical discussions on the state of CDS Gromke e.K.

    OpenCulture is an international conference and trade fair for museum technology and software and is held annually. It is organised by the independent British organisation, the Collections Trust, which helps museums, galleries, libraries and archives to successfully develop the potential of their collections.

    Highly interesting presentations set the scene for an evaluation of the current climate and included analysis of sample successful projects as well as predictions for the future of collections and their digital images. During the breaks there was brisk business at the stands of service providers where the hottest topics were heatedly debated. In this way, Open Culture provided an excellent platform for updating one’s own knowledge base and evaluating own activities. We were also able to see for ourselves that with the integration of digital asset management and museum databases, we are offering solutions for one of the core duties of museums in the coming years.

    On 26 July, the SPECTRUM roadmap meeting offered international participants the opportunity to help determine the future development of the SPECTRUM standards with specific regards to future digitisation.

    We would like to use this opportunity to thank the organisers and the many interested participants, who helped make this conference so successful. We look forward to meeting again.

    Enhance your digital documentation by connecting Digital Asset Management to your museum database.
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