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!

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