The aim of the consortium is to establish a demand-oriented infrastructure for research data on tangible and intangible cultural assets in NFDI. The research landscape targeted by NFDI4Culture includes university departments, art colleges, academies, galleries, libraries, archives, museums and individual researchers. The consortium addresses the needs of a broad spectrum of disciplines from architecture, art and music to theatre, dance, film and media studies. The aim is to ensure interdisciplinary findability and accessibility as well as the long-term preservation and continuous maintenance of the digital data, which includes 2D digitised copies of paintings, photographs and drawings as well as digital 3D models of culturally and historically significant buildings, monuments or audiovisual data of music, film and stage performances.

The consortium NFDI4Culture consists of a geographically, thematically and institutionally balanced network of nine co-applicants, 11 associations and 52 partners. The supporting institutions include four universities (Heidelberg, Cologne, Marburg, Paderborn), three infrastructural institutions (FIZ Karlsruhe, TIB Hannover, SLUB Dresden), the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz and the Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur Mainz, which is the lead institution in the consortium. The University of Cologne is a co-applicant institution with the prometheus image archive, with Lisa Dieckmann as co-spokesperson, and together with the University of Paderborn is responsible for the area of tools and services. Here, the specific requirements of the NFDI4Culture consortium with regard to the development, consolidation and certification of sustainable, interoperable research tools and data services based on the FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Re-usable) are brought into focus.