About the Base

Innovative solutions that digitally support art and science, research and teaching.


Intuitive user interface

The Angewandte Base is easy to use. It is based on common input formats and terminology and aims to support users in their work.

Available everywhere

The applications in the Angewandte Base are Web-based, i.e., they can easily be used anywhere and anytime via Internet browser and run on diverse Internet devices (responsive web design). For some applications (e.g. ownCloud), smartphone apps are also available.

Supports multiple languages

The Angewandte Base speaks two languages. The user interface is available in German and English, and lecturers have the opportunity to enter information about their courses in both languages.

Implementation at the Angewandte

The Base is developed at the Angewandte by colleagues for colleagues. Together with staff, students and graduates, a small team is developing new digital tools to sustainably support and archive university work in art and science, research and teaching.

One login, many possibilities

The Base combines various software solutions. A single login (single sign-on) provides access to personal applications, collections and archives at the Angewandte, as well as to the user's own data.

International cooperation, innovative solutions

The Angewandte draws on a network of national and international cooperation partners to develop the individual applications. The technical requirements and organization of the Base are clarified and innovative solutions are developed in collaboration with experts.

Existing applications

Teaching & Studies

The Angewandte Base provides students with an improved search function to browse the course catalog. Individual courses are easy to find based on their topic. Students can also search by field of study and curriculum subject, helping them to determine which subjects they have yet to complete. The "subscribe" function enables students to clearly plan their semester, as appointments can easily be transferred into students' own calendars.
For lecturers, the Angewandte Base offers an innovative input screen that is compatible with various Internet-enabled devices. Courses can be tagged to make them easier to find. Regular appointments can be entered automatically. The system also provides information about previously reserved venues (including address, equipment, room size).


ownCloud simplifies cooperative work and file transferring. Students and staff can access their personal ownCloud account at the Angewandte Base where they can upload, share and edit documents. In addition, ownCloud offers proprietary apps for smartphones and computers.

Applications under development

Recherche - Art and research database Angewandte/basis wien

The basis wien database, which currently contains information on 80,000 artists and researchers, will be available to users of the Angewandte Base by 2018, incorporating far-reaching improvements. The latest search technology enables simplified database searching, which is being successively augmented by further collections (including the Biennale Archive Austria and final papers at the Angewandte).
Compliance with international standards (including the Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, GND, European Art Net) grants artists and researchers listed in the research results much higher international visibility.

Planned applications


With Portfolio, users can record and manage their own works (works, publications, exhibitions, etc.). The system can store diverse digital formats and offers users the possibility to supplement detailed information, such as involved persons, year of origin and location, distribution history, etc. (i.e., metadata). Portfolio can communicate with external Web applications (Phaidra, Research Catalog, Library, YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) and synchronize data via interfaces. Data entered in Portfolio is not public. However, it can be exported into Showroom and thus become public.


Showroom provides users with an innovative application for discovering information about current exhibitions, research, people, etc., as well as communicating their own works and fields of activity. Showroom makes art and science at European and international universities easy to find and therefore visible.
Showroom displays individual and collaborative projects, ideas and information - a virtual showcase of current work at the Angewandte. Elements of social media come into play: Users can "subscribe" to information about activities of people whose work they find interesting and thus remain up-to-date.