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What does it take to start a project with Navigating.art?

Follow these 5 steps to get your project off the ground

In order to start and complete a Digital Archive or Catalogue Raisonné project, there are five required steps.

First, there needs to be a strong commitment towards the project. Digital archive and catalogue raisonné creation are comprehensive projects, which need dedication to be completed.

Second, there is a need for dedicated project staff on your end, such as a researcher familiar with the archive or artist. Depending on the size of your project, you will need to assign 1-4 people to the project, in addition to our support. Additionally, all pre-existing materials need to be recognized, organized, and digitized. If you are in the possession of an analogue Catalogue Raisonné, this has to be digitized, the data extracted, and uploaded as well.

Third, a Digital Humanities Expert will help guide you to understand the platform as you upload your existing archival material. A logical digital structure for entering data is established with Navigating.art. In person and a contact form are always available in case you run into any issues.

Fourth, any recent discoveries must be added and discrepancies in the artworld resolved. All additional information from external archives, libraries, auction houses etc. must be compiled, reviewed, digitized, and entered. All your artwork data entries can then be linked to the Digital Archive on the Navigating.art platform.

Fifth, you need to obtain the IP and usage rights for content to be published publicly. If you are uncertain about the legal status of your content, we are happy to share learnings we have created as part of other projects.

Finally, you will need to assign someone to manage the vetting authority so that final decisions can be made for every piece of art-specific information before publication.