The intention of the project is to provide an internet-based access point to cultural information. The partners of the BAM-Project started developing procedures to combine metadata from digital library catalogues, archival finding aids and museum inventories which allowed a simulateous research.
Academic persons and interested citizens can use the BAM-Portal as a first access point to the collections of libraries, archives and museums. They can see search results from these three types of institutions simultaneously. The results in the BAM-Portal are linked to the results in the original catalogues. Here, the user will get more detailed information and is able to see the search result in its context. In this way the BAM-portal provides different groups of users with preliminary information and then points to the research systems of the relevant institution.
The project "Gemeinsames Portal für Bibliotheken, Archive und Museen - ein Online-Informationssystem" started in May 2001. Early project partners were the Bibliotheksservice-Zentrum Baden-Württemberg (BSZ), the Landesarchivdirektion Baden-Württemberg (now Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg) and the Landesmuseum für Technik und Arbeit (LTA) in Mannheim. The project is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. New partners since October 2005 are the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (including for example the State Museums of Berlin, the Berlin State Library and the Institute for Museum Research) and the Bundesarchiv.