Stitch by Stitch: Annotating Fashion at the Rijksmuseum

Rijksmuseum – Modemuze – COMMIT/ SealincMedia – Wikimedia Nederland

Saturday 23rd April 2016 – Cuypers Library, the Rijksmuseum

Fashion heritage, collected over centuries, can be found everywhere in museums: costumes, accessories, paintings, prints and photographs. But while some clothes and accessories are easily found and identified, others are obscure and require a trained eye to describe. What are we looking at? What kind of sleeve is this? Which materials and techniques have been used? More specific descriptions of the images facilitate better use of digital collections and enable users to wander through them in detail.
The Rijksmuseum and Modemuze are looking for specialists and enthusiasts with a passion for fashion and costume to join an expedition through their digital collections.

Modemuze is an online platform and network of 11 Dutch museums, including Rijksmuseum, with a fashion and costume collection: Amsterdam Museum, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Fries Museum Leeuwarden, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Museum Rotterdam, Paleis Het Loo, Rijksmuseum, Tassenmuseum Hendrikje, TextielMuseum, Theatercollectie Bijzondere Collecties UvA, Tropenmuseum, Afrika Museum, Museum Volkenkunde.

Annotating the collections

Researchers from VU University Amsterdam, Delft University of Technology and the Centre for Mathematics and Informatics and the Rijksmuseum (in the context of the COMMIT/ SEALINCMedia project) have developed Accurator: an online tool to improve the process of annotation of digital collection objects, e.g. being able to find relevant objects to annotate, annotate specific parts of an object, etc. Following ‘Birdwatching in the Rijksmuseum’, this time the Accurator tool will be used to describe fashion related objects from the Modemuze and Rijksmuseum collections.

Participants in the fashion annotation event are also invited to record their findings in the Wikipedia Encyclopedia, Wikimedia Commons and in Wikidata, Wikipedia’s open database. Wikipedia volunteers as well as staff from the Rijksmuseum and Modemuze will be present for support throughout the day.


9.30 – 10:00 Registration and Coffee
10:00 – 10:10 Introduction of the Accurator tool
10:10 – 12:00 Annotating fashion in the digital collections (using Accurator)
12:00 – 12:30 Discussion on the use and future of fashion annotation

Participation in the event is free, but registration is required. To register, please send an email to: with your name and your interest in fashion. (We will take your subject preferences into account when setting up the Accurator tool.) If you have any questions regarding the event, please feel free to email them to this address.

IMPORTANT: The event will take place in the Cuypers Library of the Rijksmuseum. The following guidelines need to be taken into account:

  • On the 23rd of April you can report at the RIJKSMUSEUM desk in the Atrium. Please bring your confirmation of registration. Without this, entry can be denied.
  • Bring your own laptop. There are strict safety guidelines in the Library, which limit the use of laptop power supplies. Please make sure the battery is fully loaded to last for 3 hours without further charging. (general info) (annotation tool) (Web & Media group at VU)

Source: SEALINCMedia

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