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From March 2010 to February 2012 the UNICUM development project, commissioned by the SAE, is carried out by the classic five Dutch universities. UNICUM has received a national government grant in order to create a digital entry to the Dutch university collections. In this portal, still to be built, both archives and collections of museums and libraries will be presented. In this way images, metadata of the collections and items can be found in one site. The project is important because it crosses the traditional sector boundaries of museums, libraries and archives, it creates awareness of the opportunities this cross-sectoral approach offers and it retains the context of – and the relation between objects within the entire picture of collections.
As such UNICUM is a project that focuses on applying joint metadata according to international standards. It is also a technical project in which descriptions of a great variety of collections and items are connected to images.

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