The aim of this project is to develop an application for smartphones and computers that will enable the general user to find works of art that are in the public domain, and to have interactive access to all their relevant data.


  • Lead school Bern Academy of the Arts
  • Additional schools School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Institute Institute Materiality in Art and Culture 
    Institute for Data Applications and Security (IDAS)
    Institute for Cybersecurity & Engineering (ICE)
  • Research unit IDAS / Business Information Systems Engineering (BISE)
    ICE / Cyber Threat Intelligence
    Other projects, commissioned research
  • Funding organisation SNSF
  • Duration 01.05.2014 - 30.04.2016
  • Project management Prof. Sebastian Dobrusskin
  • Head of project Kristina Herbst

Course of action

The primary goal is thus to develop an interactive information service. When using the application, the public should also have a collaborative monitoring function with regard to the state of conservation of the works of art. In an initial project phase, the users will have the possibility of establishing direct contact with the researchers in order to optimise the application to meet their needs. In a second phase, a response tool is planned for the application that will enable the user to provide feedback to the owners about the state of the artworks (e.g. to report any vandalism, deterioration etc.). The project is a collaboration with the Canton of Fribourg and the cities of Bern and Basel.