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If you wish to contribute to the virtual museum project, please
read the comments and recommendations below.
In order to include an object in the collection, we need a description
of the object and one or more photographs to present it to the
The physical description of the objects should include the material(s)
they are made of, dimensions, indication of the main parts or
typical features, signatures. If an instrument is kept in its
original case, that should also be described (material and dimensions).
If an object is signed please reproduce the exact signature
on the object. If signed in majuscules, please reproduce the
signature text in majuscules.
For indicating the dimensions of objects in the VMHM
we follow the metric system. For instruments and related objects
this will mostly be centimeters (cm); for books we use millimeters
In case of antiquarian books we need a thorough description
of the book. This includes not only information like title,
author, pages, but also a complete collation of your copy. For
more information on this topic use the examples on our site
or consult the text by Roger
Dating of objects:
Dating an instrument is not always straightforward. When an
instrument is signed, one has at least a clue to the time interval
during which it may have been manufactured. Publications in
the literature may also help in indicating a time period when
an instrument was in use (year it was invented, used, discussed,
etc.). Please be as realistic as possible in assigning a date
or date interval to your object.
We attach a great value to photographs because they are of extreme
importance in describing the instrument. Please send as much
images as you think necessary to clearly visualize the object.
We prefer photographs in jpg-format. The width of the pictures
should be a minimum of 550 pixels. Larger sized photographs
are however preferred as they allow us some editing and enhancement.
Literature references are highly appreciated. Please use the
- for books:
Author (year) Title, Place of publication.
example: Tutton, A.E.H. (1911) Crystallography and Practical
Crystal Measurement, London
- for publications in journals:
Author (year) title, Journal, volume, issue,
example: Burchard, U. (1998) History and Development
of the Crystallographic Goniometer, The Mineralogical
Record, 29, 517-583.
Please let us know if you wish to be mentioned as the owner
of the object that you propose for insertion in the VMHM-collection.
Do you want
- to remain anonymous
- to be included in the list of contributors
- your name to be mentioned with your object
- a link to your website, or to your e-mail-address
Please let us know if you wish to have copyright on the photographs
and descriptive text that you supply to the VMHM. If you want
to have copyright, then we will include a statement in the style:
© owner name, institute, town, country
If you do not indicate information regarding copyright, the
copyright will reside with the VMHM.
We are not responsible for whatever effect due to placing your
information on our site. We are not responsible for abuse of
this information in whatever way possible.
We hope to hear from you soon and appreciate your cooperation!