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Human Intelligence Meets Artificial...

Check out the brand new version of Transcribathon! EnrichEuropeana+ (fully titled ‘Enriching Europeana through citizen science and artificial intelligence – unlocking the 19th century’) aims to enhance the Transcribathon Platform as a service for cultural heritage institutions.

Over 380,000 documents have been transcribed, annotated and enriched by volunteers.

Further improvement is in the making: the new version combines human expertise with artificial intelligence to make historical documents from the 19th century accessible.

Transcribathon now uses READ-COOP’s metagrapho API to enable Transcribathon to access the Transkribus technology, developed by READ-COOP.

Our motto is: Think History!

Facts & Files is the expert on historical research, provenance research, archive management and History Communication.

We are combining academic expertise with efficiency and due dilligence. Facts & Files has been conducting historical research, provenance research, and archive management since 1999. An introduction to our services and projects can be found on the coming pages. To get in contact, please write or call us!


Provenance Research on the Library of the Berlin State Archive

commissioned by the Berlin State Archive

Starting January 2020, Facts & Files had been investigating the provenance of the holdings of the Berlin State Archive’s library. This academic reference library contains about 150,000 records.

Karte von Tsingtau, 1905, Verleger John Bartholomew (Edinburgh).

Objects at East Frisian Museums

Provenance Research

The aim of the project on objects at four East Frisian museums was to reconstruct the provenance of the objects, which have so far mainly been classified as “seafarers’ souvenirs” from China, and to research problematic contexts of appropriation.

Provenance Research on the Art Collection of Richard Semmel

Since 2002, Facts & Files has been conducting research on the art collection of the Berlin factory owner Richard Semmel, who collected Old Dutch masters as well as works by French artists, mostly impressionists paintings.

Forum Opposition

Facts & Files was commissioned by the Robert Havemann Association in 2021 with a concept for a feasibility study for the “Forum for Opposition and Resistance”.

Archive Study on SBZ/GDR Record Groups

Facts & Files was commissioned in 2021 by the Berlin Commissioner for the Study of the SED Dictatorship to conduct a study on archives from the SBZ or GDR in Berlin.

Art Collection of Herbert M. Gutmann

Herbert M. Gutmann (1879-1942) collected paintings, porcelain, tapestries, and antiques. Mr. Gutmann was a collector of Dutch landscape as well as French and German Rococo paintings. Mr. Gutmann also collected Asian porcelain, Persian sculpture and porcelain.

Lucas Cranach, der Ältere: Portrait eines Mannes, 1522

Art Collection of August, Serena and Erich Lederer

From February 2020 to July 2022 Facts & Files had been commissioned by Ralf von Jacobs to conduct provenance research on the art collection of August, Serena and Erich Lederer.

Art Collection David and Lola Leder, Chemnitz/Berlin

The provenance research project on the collection of David and Lola Leder, Chemnitz/Berlin, began in June 2021 and ended in August 2022. The project aimed to reconstruct David and Lola Leder’s art collection, research the provenance and whereabouts of artworks from the collection, and identify artworks.

Art Collection of Lotte and Georg Koch, Wiesbaden

Provenance Research

The research project aimed to reconstruct the art collection of the Wiesbaden pediatrician Georg Koch and his wife Lotte, née Seeligmann. The project started in January 2021. The works of art, among them works by Alexej Jawlensky, Christian Rohlfs and Emil Nolde, were packed into the lift vans, and “disappeared” in the port of Hamburg in 1942.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Research at German Archives

Facts & Files inventories records for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), Washington D.C. within the framework of the “USHMM International Acquisitions Program”.

Wittenberg, 2020

Provenance Research at Municipal Collections of Lutherstadt Wittenberg

From August 2020 to February 2022, the provenance of objects from the collection of Julius Riemer, which is no part of the Municipal Collections of Lutherstadt Wittenberg was researched. The objects belonged to the Berlin zoologist and mammalogist Oscar R. Neumann before.

Collection Inventory of the Jewish Museum Berlin

Since August 2002, Facts & Files has been working organizing and registering works of art and other artefacts for the permanent exhibition and of the collection. is a crowdsourcing platform for the enrichment, such as transcription, annotation and geo-referencing of historical documents available through the Europeana Collections Portal.

Archival Description of the Minutes of the Berlin Senate

Archive Project

From 2019 to 2022, Facts & Files was commissioned by the Berlin State Archives to inventorise the record group of minutes of meetings of the Berlin Senate, the municipal administration of Berlin.

Exhibition on Karl Fischer

Facts & Files was commissioned in 2020 by the district office Steglitz-Zehlendorf to archive the papers of Karl Fischer and to compile an exhibition concept on it.

Archive Museum of Natural History

Facts & Files was commissioned by the Berlin Museum of Natural History in 2020 to catalogue archival records and coordinate the archive project.

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