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The Nepal Heritage Documentation Project (NHDP) documents endangered monuments and sites of Nepal’s cultural heritage. The project is particularly valuable in this time of urban transformation, and the damage caused by the earthquake of April 2015.

Findings from decades of historical and anthropological research, new up-to-date documentation standards, and Open Access data-sets are being merged into a new Digital Archive of Nepalese Arts and Monuments (DANAM). Its datasets include structured information about the monuments‘ history and iconography, monument descriptions, architectural drawings and site plans as well as a broad photographic documentation. DANAM is based upon Arches, an open source platform based on graph technology and designed for managing heritage repositories. Its content will be shareable and interoperable in order to secure long-term access, storage and usability of the monument data inventory.

Grounded in know-how from across disciplinary borders, the project team includes experts from the fields of architecture, history, anthropology, indology and digital humanities among others.

In Germany, the NHDP is based on the cooperation of two academic institutions: the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS) and the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (HAdW).

The key project partner and representative in Nepal is the Saraf Foundation of Himalayan Traditions and Culture (see partners).

Header photo: View of Patan Darbar Square, Patan. Credits: C. Brosius

Info Flyer

More information about the project, also in Nepali.


NHDP Film Portrait

Funding Source

The NHDP pilot phase (2018-2020) is generously funded by Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin. Visit.