The purpose of this project, which was completed within the framework of the Operational Programme "Information Society", was the digital documentation of selected artefacts from the Museum collections, their promotion using the internet and digital publications, as well as the creation of appropriate technical infrastructure.
Specifically, the project includes:
A. Creating a laboratory for digitising artefacts from the Museum (vessels, textiles, paintings, furniture, jewellery, archival material such as photographs, documents, theatrical costumes etc.), and procuring computer equipment and documentation software as well as collection and archive administration software.
B. Cultural documentation and digitisation of a selected group of artefacts, which represents a large portion of the Benaki Museum’s collections and archives.
Digital depiction of objects and archival material is generated either by digital photography or by scanning. Information concerning the objects is recorded on the Collection Documentation and Management System and this includes both cultural documentation and documentation of the digitisation procedure.
Specifically, this digital documentation concerns (numbers are approximate):
- 13,590 artefacts from the Greek collections (5,000 of these belong to the permanent exhibition and are the main points of attraction for the museum-going public);
- 7,500 artefacts from the Photographic Archives;
- 2,000 documents from the Historical Archives;
- 1,750 works from the N. Hadjikyriakos-Ghika Gallery;
- 160 artefacts from the Toys and Childhood Collection.
a) a DVD-ROM entitled: “Greek Set Designers and Ancient Drama”, which takes advantage of the recent enrichment of the Museum Collections with the addition of major theatrical archives, in three languages (Greek, English and German).
b) a DVD-ROM entitled: “Athens through the eyes of the Travellers: 17th – 19th century”, which constructs a picture of the city through the works and references made by the voyagers / travellers taking the Grand Tour, in three languages (Greek, English and French).
D. An upgrade of the Benaki Museum website, which includes:
- on-line presentation of the Library’s rich collection of material and a large number of artefacts from each collection (almost 2,500 artefacts in all);
- an additional capacity to order digital or other photographs of the artefacts;
- translation of its contents into a third language, Spanish (the site is already bilingual, running in Greek and English);
- completion of panoramic three-dimensional photography of the exhibition halls of the Central Building, the Museum of Islamic Art and the Pireos Street Annexe;
- search engine capacity covering the entire contents of the website, as well as a corresponding capacity for existing data bases.
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The project was co-financed by the European Fund for Regional Development, which provided 80% of funds, and by the National resources (the Ministry of Culture), which provided 20% of the required funds.