The topotheque started out as merely private tool kit. I intended to practically manage my private footage by indexing, dating and localization. The IT department of my enterprise in Wiener Neustadt (AT) put my idea into practice and it eventually became evident that a topotheque would also come in handy for others – users that want to safeguard and render historic material and knowledge detectable. I am personally highly delighted about the vast reactions and feedback which show, that the desire for memory, exchange and therewith building of identities can be gratified with the principle of the topotheques.
Thank you to everyone contributing with committment and trust to the successful path of the Topotheque!

Mag. Alexander Schatek

Initiator of the Topotheque

Together with the inventories of public libraries, archives and collections, the topotheque creates a unique and novel opportunity of safeguarding not always easily accessible historic documents for the public. Now, treasures hidden in private hands can be unveiled and be made accessible for anybody independent of space and time. This way, the topotheque contributes to building regional and historic identities of communities and their population..

Dr. Thomas Aigner

ICARUS-Präsident and Director of Diözesanarchivs St. Pölten (AT)