More than 260,000 images of artworks, calligraphy scrolls, transcripts, and photos are now available through the Ministry of Culture's integrated online database collections.culture.tw.
Launched on July 9, the iCollections platform offers state-owned cultural resources from the collections of nine national museums and cultural institutions. Ninety categories are currently available online and detailed information can be found on Taiwan's art, drama, music, natural history, traditional crafts, and music.
The Ministry is recruiting more contributing agencies and is expecting to expand the database by another 100,000 entries. Information on cinema, literature, and historical monuments will be updated before the yearend.
The iCollections platform is part of the Ministry's core objective of utilizing cloud technology for storing and promoting cultural resources. Members of the general public canuse the website for browsing and research, while curators and event organizers can use the website as a planning tool.
The 9 current contributors are: National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, National Museum of Taiwan History, National Taiwan Museum, National Museum of History, National Human Rights Museum, National Museum of Prehistory, National Center for Traditional Arts, National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, and National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra.
The platform is currently available in Chinese only.