Data Management Plan / Lost Art Collective

Description of the Data

The data used in this project will be obtained from the “The Restitution of African Cultural Heritage. Toward a New Relational Ethics” by Felwine Sarr & Bénédicte Savoy. The report contains a list of the pieces of art at The Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac in Paris from several African countries listed in a table format. As of this writing, the data may be obtained in one of three ways: direct input (the most labor intensive), OCR from the pdf’d list, or an electronic CSV file from the authors of the paper.

Data Storage and Protection

The data will be stored in an online database (Omeka). Since the purpose of the project is to make the dataset public, the only protection of the data will be to make it non-editable by the public, but it will be viewable to the public.

Data Format and Documentation

The digital data will be available in a spreadsheet on a google doc and on the Omeka Database. A google doc will house the original spreadsheet and the Omeka Database will be attached to the server.

Data Access, Sharing and Archiving

After the research is complete, the data will remain on the Omeka Server, the google document and also be available through a website created on the CUNY academic commons. The audience for this data are students in art history, Africana studies and digital humanities as well as art historians, people interested in provenance of stolen art, and the general public interested.

Re-Use and Re-Distribution of the Data

This data is unrestricted and will be free to use under a creative commons license.

Long-Term Archiving and Preservation

At the very least, the data will continue to be available for download from a public site on the CUNY Academic Commons.


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One Comment

  1. Posted March 5, 2019 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for posting this, team. All of this sounds very clear and straightforward. I would suggest that the data be stored somewhere off cloud services as well, in case you deal with any systems going down or need to recover early versions for some reason. Omeka is fairly reliable but if something were to happen and the site or a plugin crashes, you could be looking at doing the work all over again. This means that there should be a plan to also regularly back up and download the database files from Omeka–perhaps once or twice a month (and as usual make sure it’s clear who in the team is responsible for doing this).

    I’d like to know more about the Commons website and the ways it will integrate with the Omeka exhibit. Also: are there future plans to expand this data? To invite contributors or do any kind of crowdsourcing? What constitutes the project being “complete”?

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