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Cyprus/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates  

4.2.11 New technologies and digitalisation in the arts and culture

Different projects have been in operation, for example:

  • The Cyprus Archaeological Digitisation Programme started in mid-October 2009 in order to manage effectively the retrieval and manipulation of information of thousands antiquities scattered all over Cyprus and thus serve both the needs of the Antiquity Department and of researchers as well as the broader public. In the context of this programme, a fully digital archive has been created, which includes antiquities in storage and also those on display.
  • Digitisation projects are also pursued by the Department of Town Planning and Housing of the Ministry of the Interior. 
  • The Ministry of Education and Culture has seized the opportunities offered by the new digital technologies for enhancing access to and participation in culture through the European Digital Library "Europeana". This is considered an important tool in the service of education and culture by making Cypriot cultural heritage and contemporary Cypriot culture available to the broader public at European level. 
  • The Cultural Portal of the Ministry of Education and Culture also has archives of artists from all sectors illustrating contemporary creation.  These archives are in a digitised form.
  • The Press and Information Office is also taking significant actions with regards to digitisation of press releases archive, publications, photos, etc.

In addition to the above, a number of other initiatives in terms of digitisation either by private or academic institutions have been launched. The University of Cyprus carried out the project Cypriot Folk Dances, which aims at creating a publicly accessible digital archive of folk dances using 3D motion capture data (with metadata). Apart from preserving the intangible cultural heritage through this project, increased awareness is achieved among the public with respect to its dance heritage. 

Chapter published: 29-07-2015

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