Let’s unlock our heritage to the world.
We are your specialist partner in digitizing, storing, managing, enriching, and developing software for the purpose of maintaining your collections.
Photos, books, microfilm, negatives, postcards, posters or slides, film, video or audio, herbarium sheets, Picturae offers professional, tailored solutions for digitizing your unique collection(s).
Picturae offers professional, innovative, and easy-to-use software solutions, website design, and online platforms, developed specifically for and with the heritage sector. Sharing your digital collection has never been so easy and within reach.
Digital conservation and preservation of history is our field of expertise
Development, Storage & Hosting
Maximizing the benefit of your digital collection is our passion and expertise
Picturae offers secure, sustainable, and cost-effective storage solutions for your digital collection(s). Your master files are in good hands with us as we take this responsibility very seriously. We aim to ensure that you can share your collection online without any worries.
World Class Rapid Digitization of Cultural Heritage
Picturae's single most important objective is to help the cultural heritage sector (archives, museums, libraries, et cetera) to provide access to their collections in a professional manner, delivering high quality at an affordable price.
Picturae was founded in 1998 under the names of Pictura Imaginis and Pictura Database Publishing. An investment by Endeit Capital (the investment firm of Joop van den Ende and Hubert Deitmers) in 2011 offered Picturae the opportunity to achieve its growth ambitions and to venture into other countries. Working closely together to prepare for further expansion, our two innovative group companies merged by mid-2012 and continued under a new company name: Picturae (Latin plural of pictura). In order to broaden our proposition with the digitization of audiovisual material further, we acquired the Amsterdam-based company Supersens early in 2013. To centralize all activities and to improve efficiency, we moved all activities to one new location in Heiloo at the beginning of 2015. As a next step, MicroFormat Systems, well-known since 1993 for its Metamorphic projects and the digitization of microfilm and microfiche, was acquired in January 2017.
Picturae is certified in accordance with ISO 9001:2015 (quality management), ISO 27001:2017 (information security), and ISO 14001:2015 (environmental management) standards. Each year, an independent party judges all of our procedures. However, to us the ISO certification is more than just a plaque on the wall. Safeguarding quality, sustainability, and information security is a task for the whole company and every employee is imbued with the importance of this task. Therefore, our customers can rely on our high quality. The ISO checkup is a great way to test whether we can fulfil their trust.
Picturae leverages its extensive expertise, but guaranteeing that we provide our clients with the best solution in every phase of their project requires close partnership and collaboration. Picturae's partners include Alpere Technologies and Data Esperto for data entry and content enrichment, Alembo for transcribing herbarium collections, and Kakadu Software (world leader in JPEG2000 technology). In addition, we work together with web agencies, camera suppliers such as PhaseOne, and partners in IT and infrastructure such as EuroFiber.
Picturae is looking for new talent. We welcome motivated people who want to contribute to the further expansion of our activities. At Picturae, we offer you an inspiring environment with creative colleagues. We use the latest photographic and scanning equipment and create the most beautiful websites. Picturae is highly customer-oriented. Would you like to join the Picturae team? Please contact us.
The following is a selection from twenty years of digitization and development
Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica
Picturae digitizes the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica of the Ritman Library and makes this collection available online. Thanks to Don Brown's gift, it is possible to digitize and make available to the general public (part of) this unique collection in the field of hermetics, alchemy, mysticism, rosary crucifers and kabbala.
Herbarium conveyor belt
The Herbarium Digistreet has been developed in 2013 for the Naturalis Project Digitalization Collection. In about a year and a half, about 4 million recordings have been made and the data of the labels have been unlocked by our partner company Alembo. The efficient working method is possible because the combination of a conveyor belt and innovative software enables not only quick digitalization but, above all, guarantees high quality.
Redevelopment website The Utrecht Archives
Together with the staff of the Utrecht Archives, we started an intensive process in 2016 to get a new website. Not only design but also the whole interaction and user experience went on the shovel. Picturae co-ordinated an intensive collaboration between the employees of the Pony Design Club, De Ree and Deventit, to create a completely new website.
Complex, more complex, complext!
For the Dutch Institute for Art History (RKD), Picturae has developed a website and search engine that provides a data set with more than 1000 different data fields and more than 1,000,000 records for the visitor. Between all these records are numerous crossings and floors made. This makes it one of the world's richest heritage databases. The place to intuitively search for all the information gathered by the RKD in recent decades!
Heritagehelpers.co.uk, a crowdsource success
With the support of a large number of volunteers, beautiful projects, according to the crowdsource principle, have been greatly successful. Our platform has great added value In the Netherlands, especially for the Frisians. Volunteers of Military Registries, the first project at VeleHanden, have indexed over 300,000 scans within 18 months! And the top executives already have 20,000 scans in their name.
News & Agenda
The latest updates and information on where you can find us in the near future
Heerhugowaard – 2 maart 2020 Picturae, de internationale speler op het gebied van digitaliseren, beheer en ontsluiten van cultureel erfgoed en (natuur)historische collecties, kondigt de benoeming aan van Bruno Giebels tot CEO. Bruno Giebel...
Bijna 21.000 opnames hebben we voor Musée national d’histoire naturelle in Luxemburg verzorgd. Deze zeer bijzondere Herbariumcollectie is nu gedigitaliseerd. Het digitaliseringsproces was divers: van herbariumvellen tot digitaliseren uit boeken en ook...
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