Information Systems Laboratory


Category: national

Project Title: ARCHON - a Multimedia System for Filing, Classification, Retrieval and Annotation of Historical Documents

Funding Organization: ROP of Crete

Coordinator: Foundation for Research & Techonology (GR), Panos Trachanias

Partners: Foundation for Research & Technology (GR), Vikelaia Municipal Library (GR)

Duration: 01/01/1997 - 31/12/1999

Expiration Date: 31/12/1999

Total Budget: 214233

FORTH ICS budget: 83756

Project Objective: "The ARCHON project aimed at the development of a multimedia system for the saving, digitization, annotation and retrieval of hand-written historical documents. The system has been applied at the archive of the Vikelaia Municipal Library of Heraklion, which contains documents of remarkable cultural and historical value, dated from the late 1600s to early 1900s, which have undergone varying degrees of deterioration. Up to know, the access to these documents was hindered by the fact, that they should previously be physically retrieved, harming material and personnel, and by the non-existence of a consistent global index on the archive contents. The ICS is responsible for the development and maintenance of a state-of-the-art archive management system, which supports the main functions of recording digital images of all documents, as well as subject indexing and retrieval, disposal of descriptions, transcriptions and translations of these documents, and use of image enchancing techniques."

Contact Person: Maria Theodoridou,

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