Universität Freiburg

Büro MIS 6114

Av. de l‘Europe 20

CH-1700 Freiburg



Dr. Andreas Dorn

+41 26 3007359




Leonardo Pajarola

+41 26 3009000

Online Database BODO

A multifunctional database

The BIBLE+ORIENT Museum image and object database is designed for a variety of purposes. The following applications can be distinguished:

  • Scientific research
  • Administration of the museum inventory
  • Consultation of digitalized catalogs of the collections
  • Digitalization of image series (e.g. slide shows)
  • Providing dynamic e-Learning contents
  • Creating PowerPoint presentations
  • Preparations for printed publications


 The BIBLE+ORIENT Museum image and object database features numerous data fields which meet the requirements of scientific research (the database's structure is compatible with the format of the seal catalog: O. Keel, Corpus der Stempelsiegel-Amulette aus Palästina/Israel [OBO.SA 13], Freiburg Switzerland, 1997). Besides the usual object data, object specific data can be entered. For a seal, e.g., this encompasses seal typologies, object coatings or fitting types, among others. A dating is possible for both the excavation location (which can be further specified with coordinates in the National Grid, UTM or longitude/latitude format) and the object itself. The dating information is given in reference to freely definable dating systems (e.g. according to Egyptian dynasties or various archeological period systems). Thanks to a Unicode character set, inscriptions can be given in the original writing, in transliteration or in translation with reference to the language and writing system on the object. The diversity of data fields makes the database an ideal tool for systematic and efficient use of object data for the purposes of scientific research.


The museum inventory

For the digital cataloging of the museum inventory, the large variety of data fields warrants a detailed inventory of object data and at the same time enables that the data be used for scientific research. An electronic management of the objects for the museum's administration (e.g. loan, exhibition or insurance data, etc.) is being designed.


Catalogs of Collections

The bibliographic data fields of the database were created, so that catalogs of collections could easily be integrated into the database. In a search, typing the bibliographical short term and the catalog number (e.g. Porada 1948: Nr. 250) returns the corresponding object data and images. If a catalog consists of subdivisions (e.g. ceramic no. 1-20, figurines no. 1-30, seals no. 1-15), corresponding catalog subdivision specifications are possible. Analogously, catalogs with objects that are sorted by their excavation sites (e.g. Bet-Shean no. 78, Akko no. 2) can likewise be included.


Image series

In certain circumstances a detailed object inventory is not desired, e.g. for the management of a slide show. In order to include image series, only image information, keywords, the type of image media, location of storage and the sequence number are entered in addition to the image itself. Thereby a quick query for images with particular motifs is possible. By adding the location of the original, non-digital image, the original (e.g. a slide) can quickly be found.



The stored object and image data can equally be used for the creation of dynamic content for the e-Learning applications and thereby serve as material for the flexible creation of electronic educational content.


PowerPoint presentations / publications

Making the image data accessible in a PowerPoint format permits the quick composition of presentation; the access to all images in high quality print resolution grants faster data preparation for publications.