DANAM, the Digital Archive of Nepalese Arts and Monuments is being developed by the Nepal Heritage Documentation Project, situated at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies of Heidelberg University and the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. The project is directed by Prof. Christiane Brosius and Prof. Axel Michaels. Funded by Arcadia charitable fund, this pilot project provides equipment and bundles expertise for extensive heritage documentation fieldwork in Nepal, data management and the development of DANAM since October 2018. Within its runtime until 2020, the project aims at curating more than 400 individual monuments.
Its first commitment is a series of temples, monuments and public rest houses spread across the ancient city of Patan (Lalitpur). With more heritage documentation field work in progress, the database will accommodate growing numbers of datasets reviewed by renowned experts and scientific personnel from Nepal, Germany and internationally. All of its content is available to the public for free and can be accessed online from anywhere on the planet.
Datasets in DANAM include structured information about the monuments‘ history, iconography, objects, multilingual monument descriptions, anthropological data as well as a broad photographic documentation of inscriptions and monument views as well as architectural drawings and plans
DANAM is based on arches (V4), an open source graph technology platform designed for managing cultural heritage repositories. Its content is shareable and interoperable in order to secure long-term access, storage and smooth usability of the monument data inventory for the general public as well as heritage researchers.
DANAM is currently under development and its datasets are continuously being reviewed and completed. Future releases of the portal will include detailed information about teams and staff members, a news section, institutional partners and more detailed information on how to use DANAM, the technology behind it, as well as links to relevant resources outside of DANAM.