Monday, October 31, 2011

DEiXTo & Athos Memory

In the context of our collaboration with the awarded Veria Central Public Library, a really remarkable Greek, online digital collection, Athos Memory, has been scraped through DEiXTo in order to be added to the European Library. Athos Memory has been a giant effort of the monastic community of the Holy Mountain to preserve and disseminate the unique religious tradition of the Eastern Orthodox Church on this peninsula of Chalcidice. Numerous people have worked tirelessly for years to make this endeavour possible. We would really like to congratulate and thank them for their great efforts and for providing open access to this magnificent collection.

The metadata of 27.223 photographs, documents and digitalized manuscripts from Athos, the Sacred Mountain of Christianity, have been transformed into Europeana Semantic Elements (ESE) format so that they could then be inserted into the Hellenic Aggregator's database.

To give you a better idea of the transformation process, check out the picture below. It's a screenshot of a typical item of Athos Memory archives.

Now, this record, after extracting and repurposing its metadata based on Dublin Core, gets the following form, suitable for exporting it:
Finally, it should be noted that this was the fourth digital library that was included in the Europeana with the help of DEiXTo. And we are eager to add more online resources and help Europeana enrich further its huge cultural and scientific collection!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

DEiXTo & Veria Central Public Library

One of DEiXTo's most important success stories is our collaboration with Veria Central Public Library in the context of the EuropeanaLocal project. Veria Central Public Library is a really remarkable library that embraces technology and constitutes a successful model for libraries in Greece and around the world. That's why it received a 1$ Million international award from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2010.

DEiXTo powers the Hellenic Aggregator for Europeana, created by Veria Central Public Library. DEiXToBot based Perl scripts have enabled the metadata extraction of the Music Library of Greece “Lilian Voudouri”, the Greek Educational TV and Corgialenios Digital Library in a format suitable for further processing. Once extracted, their rich content was repurposed through customized Perl code and transformed into Europeana Semantic Elements (ESE) format so that it could then be inserted into the aggregator's database.

This is the reason why DEiXTo was cited at the Symposium "Europeana in Greece" that took place on 19 October 2010 in Athens, Greece, as well as at the 19th Hellenic Academic Libraries Conference (3-5 November 2010, Athens).

Hopefully, more digital libraries/archives will use DEiXTo in the next few months in order to be able to export their metadata to the great Europeana collection (more than 15 million items from 1.500 institutions!). And we are more than glad to help Europeana enrich its content even more!