What is a portal?

A portal (also web portal) is an entry page on the Internet that allows users to centrally access content, data or applications.

A central feature is the connection or data exchange with other, heterogeneous applications, such as databases. The data provided can then be accessed via a homogeneous user interface (portal), usually without registration.

It is common practice to upload data to a portal, for example in the area of ​​culture. For example, cultural objects from institutions can be recorded decentrally and autonomously using different database systems. By supplying a portal, different institutions can present objects together on one platform.

The portal kulturerbe.niedersachen.de, for example, is a platform for presenting cultural heritage objects from the memory institutions in Lower Saxony. What is special here is that many of the museums use a central solution for recording. Since the kuniweb is web-based, the different institutions can manage objects regardless of location. The autonomy of the institutions is preserved through rights management .

The established national and international portals in the field of culture also include DDB and Europeana .