Open science means making research, learning and innovation processes transparent and enabling active participation for the general public.

Open collections

Since 2016, the Technisches Museum Wien (Vienna Museum of Science and Technology) has been the only Austrian federal museum to make its entire collection available online – not just in the form of a representative catalogue of partial collections. The real-time online database currently comprises about 158,000 object data sets and roughly 196,000 archive data sets. Get involved! We look forward to receiving your feedback and suggestions for improvement to  in case you find any mistakes in our data sets or if you simply know better!

The most important finding aid within the huge collection is indexing, which is continuously updated. This includes the museum’s thesaurus, which already contains more than 35,000 technical, scientific, historical and geographical terms, and catalogues of terms across all areas for gender-sensitive or anti-racist vocabulary. The index terms are assigned in consultation with other museums of technology and in collaboration with communities, activists, NGOs and networks to be able to create a multi-perspective terminology for indexing the collection and archival holdings.

Open Access

The Technisches Museum Wien is planning to switch to open-access digital publications in the future. The work in progress includes the retro-digitisation of existing print volumes of the Edition TMW and the Blätter für Technikgeschichte as well as the development of a digital format for the museum’s scientific series.



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