Local History in Austria: The Topotheque

Topotheque is a platform for online use and subject indexing of private collections in Austria. Supervised by the Icarus-consortium it offers the possibility to provide access to digitized fotos, maps, postcards and other documents and items for the interested in local history public and to “crowdsource” additional information.

Our example shows a foto from 1925 in the courtyard of the house “Spinner’s Inn” in Vienna Triester quarter. Data like date, geographical longitude and latitude, viewpoint, author and owner of the record, comments, tags and references to similar objects in the database is gathered. An interactive function allows to ask for further indexing, f.e. concerning depicted persons.