On Friday 22 January, 2016 the “Presentation of the digital repository of the Acropolis Restoration Service (YSMA) and of the YSMA publications for the year 2015” was held at the auditorium of the Acropolis Museum. The event which was co-organized by the Committee for the Conservation of the Acropolis Monuments (ESMA), the Acropolis Restoration Service (YSMA) and the National Documentation Center (EKT) was deemed a great success.
The presentation opened with a lecture by Maria Andreadaki-Vlazaki, Secretary General of the Ministry of Culture and Sports who underlined the importance of developing innovative tools within the Culture Sector, followed by a speech by Charalambos Bouras, Professor Emeritus of the NTUA and President of the ESMA, who talked about the contribution of the ESMA to the introduction of the principles of documentation and transparency of works at the restoration of the ancient monuments.
Following this, Vassiliki Eleftheriou, Director of the YSMA, talked about the Archive of the restoration works of the ESMA and the YSMA, which focuses on the Acropolis monuments and the disposition of its content through digital applications. Moreover, she put forward the aims which were set during the cooperation of the YSMA and the EKT and the actions that were taken towards building the necessary structures for the dissemination and promotion of the valuable cultural content of the Service.
Evi Sachini, Director of the EKT, referred to the services provided by the National Documentation Center (EKT) as a firm base for the (dissemination) of the Greek digital civilization as well as to previous actions that were taken by the YSMA and the EKT during their 16-year-old collaboration. Subsequently she presented the new applications that were designed in the framework of this collaboration: the digital repository of the archive material produced during restoration works at the Acropolis of the YSMA, as well as the enriched catalogue of the YSMA Library, which from now on will be fully accessible in the Internet through the service openABEKT of the EKT.
Finally, Fani Mallouchou-Tufano, Professor of the Technical University of Crete, presented the publications that were issued by the ESMA and the YSMA in 2015, with funding by the NSRF of the EU: the Proceedings of the 6th International Meeting for the restoration of the Acropolis monuments (Athens, October 2013), the studies for the restoration of the Parthenon (volume 8 and 9) and of the Propylaia (volume 3), as well as the educational leaflets “Educational actions for the Acropolis”, “Exploration map of the Acropolis for children” and “ 10 questions about the restoration of the Acropolis”. The event concluded by the distribution of the above-mentioned publications, as well as of the latest issue of the “Acropolis Restoration News” (2014-2015).
The YSMA repository is already available at the address http://repository-ysma.ekt.gr
The Library Catalogue will be soon available at the following address: http://ysma.openabekt.gr