Introductory workshop NUMiD – Network of University Coin Collections in Germany at the Münzkabinett 20.05.2017


The Münzkabinett at the Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin is one of the most important numismatic collections in the world. 2017 marks the tenth anniversary of its ongoing project to digitalise its collections and implement new methods of working on the semantic web. 2017 also sees the birth of NUMiD, the Network of University Coin Collections in Germany (Netzwerk universitärer Münzsammlungen in Deutschland).

The only association of its kind in the world, NUMiD was initiated by the German Ministry for Education and Research and launched at the beginning of April. Under the scheme, twenty-five universities are collaborating with the Münzkabinett on a programme of innovative basic and cutting-edge research, aimed at providing a complete and unified digitalisation of their numismatic holdings and thereby introducing the international research community to a hitherto little-known treasure-trove of numismatic collections. What better occasion for a joint introductory workshop, taking a look at the past and future of networking in numismatics!

On 20 May 2017, therefore, the eve of International Museum Day, we will be turning the spotlight on the shared arena of individual collections, centralised standardisation, unification and collaborative networking. What do museum collections from Rostock to Vienna look like? How are they organised and how can they best be digitised? How can we make our shared knowledge available to the public and which format will make our collections most accessible? What can we learn from the experience of large collections like the American Numismatic Society, from the BBAW (Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities) with its web-portal for Thracian coinage, and from the collections already working with NUMiD? What benefits can we expect from a future of collaborative networking?

Date: Saturday 20 May 2017, 11:00–16:30

Venue: Gobelin-Saal, Bode-Museum

Booking: mk[at]

The workshop programme can be found at: 

The workshop includes lectures in German and in English.