ERCIM News No.25 - April 1996 - GMD

GMD helps to put German museum on the Web

by Eva Emskötter

A new World Wide Web service is provided in cooperation with the "Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt" by the two GMD Institutes in Darmstadt.

The Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt is one of the oldest public museums in Germany, with departments of Art (paintings, drawings, sculptures), Arts and Crafts (especially medieval ivory work and art nouveau), and Natural History (geology-palaeontology, mineralogy and zoology). It comprises visual arts from the Greek-Roman period to the present time, and exhibits one of the most important collections of fossils found in "Grube Messel", the first site in Germany included in the Unesco World Natural Heritage list. The museum also contains Joseph Beuys Complex.

The web site offer a virtual guided tour, facts about the museum's history, its staff and the services offered to the visitors, a lot of detailed information and pictures about the collections, and many links to other art-related World Wide Web pages. The application demonstrates examples of navigation in a guided tour and browsing, the layout follows the structure of a classic printed guide. Currently, the texts are only available in German. The address is

Please contact:
Eva Emskötter - GMD
Tel: +49 6151 869 812
Marlies Ockenfeld - GMD
Tel: +49 6151 869 812

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