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QueryLab to browse the intangible heritage

A system to query different inventories at the same time with storytelling tools.

  • Intangible heritage inventories:
    IntangibleSearch, Asia/Pacific Databank, Sahapedia.
  • Lombardy Digital Archive: Etnography and Social History of Lombardy.
  • Museum of Contemporary Photography in Cinisello Balsamo (MI).
  • Europeana Collections.
  • Victoria and Albert Museum.
  • Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
  • Réunion des Musées Nationaux - Grand Palais.
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum.
  • Digital Public Library of America.


A collection of storytelling tools to navigate and play with inventories.


Involved Archives are related to social or cultural heritage collections of images and multimedia data.

Intangible Heritage

Concerned to collect "living good" which occur through oral traditions, languages, performing arts, technical knowledge, social practices, rituals and festive events.
The archives included in this inventory so far are:
1. IntangibleSearch of Lombardy Region of Italy
2. Sahapedia (India)
3. German Nationwide Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage (Germany)
4. Data Bank on Traditional/Folk Performing Arts in Asia and the Pacific (no more available on line)

Lombardy Digital Archive

Refers to photographs, video, audio registrations and musical transcriptions documenting the intangible cultural heritage by detail.

Museum of Contemporary Photography

It contains the most significant examples of contemporary photographs and constitutes a significant cross-section of photography after World War II to the present day.

Europeana Collections

Is the digital EU platform for cultural heritage, to explore works of art, artifacts, books, videos and sounds from all over Europe. With the contribution of more than 3,000 institutions, the preserved collections allow users to explore Europe’s cultural and scientific heritage from prehistoric times to the present day.

Victoria and Albert Museum

Is the world’s leading museum of art and design, housing a permanent collection of over 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years of human creativity. The Museum holds many of the UK’s national collections and houses some of the greatest resources for the study of architecture, furniture, fashion, textiles, photography, sculpture, painting, jewellery, glass, ceramics, book arts, Asian art and design, theatre and performance.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Is the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historical and contemporary design, and is the steward of one of the most diverse and comprehensive design collections in existence - more than 210,000 design objects spanning 30 centuries. From ancient textiles and works on paper to icons of modern design and cutting-edge technologies, Cooper Hewitt’s collection serves as inspiration for creative work of all kinds and tells the story of design’s paramount importance in improving our world.

Réunion des Musées Nationaux - Grand Palais

Since 1946, the Réunion des Musées Nationaux - Grand Palais photo agency (a public industrial and commercial institution under the authority of the French Ministry of Culture) has been officially responsible for promoting collections of France’s national museums. For more than 60 years, the agency has carried out photography campaigns inside national museums. Each year, they capture more than 20,000 new on-site shots to further expand the agency’s collection, which is universally available at www.photo.rmn.fr.

Auckland Museum

Auckland War Memorial Museum is one of New Zealand’s first Museums. The Museum tells the story of New Zealand, its place in the Pacific and its people. The Museum is a war memorial for the province of Auckland and holds one of New Zealand’s top three heritage libraries.
It has pre-eminent Maori and Pacific collections, significant natural history resources and major social and military history collections, as well as decorative arts and pictorial collections.

Digital Public Library of America

The Digital Public Library of America empowers people to learn, grow, and contribute to a diverse and better-functioning society by maximizing access to our shared history, culture, and knowledge.
The Digital Public Library of America amplifies the value of libraries and cultural organizations as Americans’ most trusted sources of shared knowledge by collaborating with partners to accelerate innovative tools and ideas that empower and equip libraries to make information more accessible.

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