Research Databases

ZUCCARO is a complex information system based on the principles of the »semantic Web«. It has an event-oriented, flexible data model that is compatible with the CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model, the international standard (ISO) for the controlled exchange of cultural heritage information. Designed as a universal platform for the historical humanities, ZUCCARO brings together several research projects and databases at the Hertziana. ZUCCARO uses Filemaker (currently Filemaker Server 11) as a database system; the Web interface is based on XML, XSLT, CSS and JavaScript (jQuery). ZUCCARO has been in development since 2003.

Concept: Dr. Martin Raspe, Dr. Georg Schelbert


A research database for Italian architectural drawings of the sixteenth to the eighteenth century. It runs on ZOPE (Z Object Publishing Environment); the programming language is Python. The Lineamenta data base is integrated into ZUCCARO and publicly available (in development since 2001).

Concept and project director: Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Kieven


An art historical research database dedicated to painting in Rome between 1580 and 1630. The ArsRoma database is fully integrated into ZUCCARO, though access to the images is limited for copyright reasons.

Internally, the database is connected to the Digital Diagnostic Archive which contains technical analyses of a body of about 120 works by Caravaggio and his followers. This material was collected on the occasion of restoration campaigns. The system incorporates diagnostic analyses, multispectral images, analytical examinations and brief technical reports. A dedicated viewer software allows the user to view the data and superimpose and mix the photographic material. For copyright reasons the archive is accessible only inside the Bibliotheca Hertziana (at a computer in the institute or via Citrix).

Project director: Prof. Dr. Sybille Ebert-Schifferer