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D
R
M
ILENA
D
OBREVA
(Institute of Mathematics and
Informatics, Sofia, Bulgaria) and
D
R
. Z
ORAN
O
GNJANOVIC
(Mathematical Institute Belgrade,
Serbia and Montenegro)
DigiCULT
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- cataloguing and archiving;
- transliteration, translation and
commenting the documents;
- creation of database and internet
presentations;
- further co-operation and exchange.
C
anon MS800 Microfilm scanner was
used to digitise the microfilm collec-
tion.The software development, the data-
base with digitised documents and
following presentations will be done in co-
operation with the Mathematical institute
in Belgrade.
T
he digitisation of the Dubrovnik
archive documents and creation of
the database and Internet presentations will
enormously increase accessibility to this
archive. It also opens up possibilities for all
researchers interested in Balkan and Mediter-
ranean history to use these documents.
T
his project is quite typical for the
region; presenting to a wider audi-
ence an endangered collection with
regional importance. It is a good example
of co-operation of two institutions, one of
them serving as a content provider (The
Institute of History), with another supply-
ing the necessary software support (The
Institute of Mathematics). Presenting such
work boosts other organisations to consid-
er digitalisation options.We can definitely
expect that next year's conference will
bring together more examples of real life
projects.
ONE EXAMPLE: DIGITISATION OF THE
MICROFILMED ARCHIVE DOCUMENTS
FROM DUBROVNIK
O
ne of the most interesting local proj-
ects, Digitalisation and processing
the Dubrovnik archive documents from
Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts
archive and private collections, was pre-
sented by Alexandra Fostikov and Tibor
Zivkovic from the Institute of History at
Belgrade. Archive documents from
Dubrovnik, now in Croatia, are important
resources for understanding Balkan and
Mediterranean national history and their
relations in the period from 1200
2
to
1500 AD.
D
ubrovnik archive documents in
Serbian Academy of Sciences and
Arts archive are kept on microfilms made
during the 1950's and since the records are
old, they are in great danger.The clarity of
projected images is getting worse day by
day, pictures are fading and the recorded
material loses readability. In order to pre-
serve the precious documents, catalogue
them more systematically and increase
accessibility for researchers, the Institute of
History in Belgrade (http://www.hi.sanu.
ac.yu/) started the long process of digitisa-
tion of the archive documents.
The project which is still under develop-
ment, comprises the following steps:
- scanning old microfilms and transferring
them into CD and DVD format;
- transferring old microfilms on diazo
films;
T
he Second National Conference on
New Technologies and Standards:
Digitisation of National Heritage in Serbia
and Montenegro was held on 29-30 May
in Belgrade.Thirty-two papers dealing
with current achievements of museums,
libraries, archives, as well as the new tech-
nologies and their possible adoption in the
digitisation of cultural and scientific her-
itage sector were presented over two days.
T
he last decade brought many chal-
lenges to people in Belgrade a city
with turbulent history. Its cultural heritage,
which has survived numerous destructive
events, is treated with much care in Serbia
and the advent of digital methods was met
here with significant interest in the 80s and
90s. As in many other places, the first
applications were targeted to organising in
better ways the knowledge on the content
of the collections.
T
he conference demonstrated that the
interest to various applications of
information technologies in the cultural
and scientific heritage sector already pro-
vides real results. Papers presented
library/archive applications, work done in
museums, audio archives, work on archae-
ological sites, encoding standards and new
technologies with ideas how to apply them
in the cultural and scientific heritage sec-
tor.Two CD-ROMs were presented, as
well as one book.The paper on rights
management presented by Jovan Krstic
was met with much interest.
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PERSPECTIVE
2 Although the first saved document is dated from 1022,
successive bookkeeping started in 1278.