04/09/2023 - 15/09/2023

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The first part of the program (September 4-9, 2023) will take place at the University for Continuing Education in Krems, the second part (September 11-15, 2023) at the Belvedere in Vienna (September 10 can be spent freely).

max number of participants 14
costs free


“The Museum in a Digital World: Strategies - Methods – Tools” is a ten-day training program dedicated to the topics of digitization, digital collection management, and online presence of digitized collections to address their potentials and problems. How are museums facing the challenges and changes brought about by the all-encompassing arrival of the digital? How is the digital transformation affecting traditional museum strategies?

The Summer Institute, supported by the Getty Foundation, offers a unique combination of theoretical and practice-oriented lectures as well as workshops on these topics. The first part of the program (September 4-9, 2023) will take place at the University for Continuing Education in Krems, the second part (September 11-15, 2023) at the Belvedere in Vienna (September 10 can be spent freely).

The focus will be on strategies for digitizing museum collections and digital skills such as the scientific use of digital collections or their legal and financial aspects. Focus topics such as image data management, network analysis and data visualization as well as digital storytelling will be complemented by on-site museum visits and tours to shed light on the working methods of different actors in the museum sector. In addition, international experts such as Sarah Kenderdine (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne), Ross Parry (University of Leicester), Maximilian Schich (Tallinn University), Freya Schlingmann (Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin) and Dominic Oldman (British Museum, London) will provide practical knowledge about the latest developments and trends.

The Summer Institute draws on the expertise and large data resources of the Center for Image Science (ADA - Archive for Digital Art, GSSG - Graphische Sammlung Stift Göttweig Online) at the Department for Arts and Cultural Studies, and the Belvedere with its online collections.

On each program day, participants will have the opportunity for an intensive theoretical exchange under the guidance of renowned experts. Participants are invited to bring in their own topics and questions in order to develop them further during the course of the Summer Institute. Digital competencies are to be significantly expanded; For this purpose, among other things, new digital tools for exhibition design and online collections will be taught. The Summer Institute offers participants the opportunity to build a professional network, gain digital know-how in exhibition contexts, and develop innovative future collection projects.


The call is aimed at curators, museum professionals, and individuals engaged in the curation of collections who are working on the implementation of online museum collections, particularly from German-speaking countries.  Prerequisites for participation are at least three years of professional experience in a museum as well as good to very good language skills in German (B2) and English (B2).

The number of participants is limited to 14 (a maximum of 1 person per institution).

The selection of the participants will be made by a jury consisting of representatives from both hosting institutions and will be based on candidates’ professional suitability as well as on their letter of motivation.


Thanks to the generous support of the Getty Foundation, travel expenses, meals and accommodation for participants are fully covered. No additional participation fees will be charged.


Please send your application in German or English in a pdf file with the subject "The Museum in a Digital World" to: zbw@donau-uni.ac.at no later than February 27, 2023.

Your application must include:

▪ complete contact information

▪ curriculum vitae (long version)

▪ short bio (max. 600 characters incl. spaces)

▪ letter of motivation (one to two pages maximum). Please address your professional experience at the museum.


The Summer Institute is scheduled as a face-to-face event. Participants are required to attend all ten days on site. We will provide timely notice of any changes and communicate Covid 19 hygiene policies in effect during the event to all participants.

For more information, please see: http://digitalmuseum.at

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at: zbw@donau-uni.ac.at

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