Ekathimerini: A digital ‘atlas’ of the refugee imprint in Greece. “Anatolia Imprints… is an ambitious and labor-intensive project aimed at scientifically recording the economic, political and social impact of the decade-long wave of refugee arrivals in Greece that peaked in 1922-23. The website includes an interactive map that allows users to find out which part of Turkey their ancestors came from and where they settled in Greece – it covers all the refugees from agricultural communities and nearly half of those from cities – simply by inputting their full name.”
TO BHMA: Artificial intelligence in the service of Greek foreign affairs. “A modern artificial intelligence tool will put the Diplomatic and Historical Archive of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs on a digital highway. Through the project announced by the Information Society to transform the physical archive into a digital record, the practice of diplomacy and foreign policy will enter a new era. The digital archiving and microphotographing of 65 million pages of documents will turn a new page in the operation of the historical archive of Greek diplomacy.”
Voice of America: VOA Greek Service Legacy Finds Home at City University of New York. “The physical and digital archive of the Greek broadcasting service of the Voice of America, one of the original language services of the network, is now donated to the Hellenic American Project (HAP), a nonprofit program under the Department of Sociology of Queens College in the City University of New York.”
Boston College: Modern Greek literature resource . “The CENSUS of Modern Greek Literature, which provides references to all English-language translations of modern Greek literature and all modern Greek-related studies in English as far back as the 12th century, was formally unveiled last month at an event featuring remarks from the Consul General of Greece in Boston Stratos Efthymiou. Through CENSUS, researchers will be able to search for free for information and to access texts and original sources directly, where copyright allows.”
Greek Reporter: Entirety of Parthenon Frieze Featured on New Website. “The upgraded website enables art lovers from around the world to analyze and marvel at the incredible frieze, which portrays a procession for the ancient festival called the Panathenaia. A stunning array of nearly 400 human figures, including charioteers and people on horseback, as well as hundreds of animals and countless offerings to the goddess Athena is emblazoned on the frieze.”
Daily Beast: Athens’ Architectural Heritage Is Slowly Slipping Away but These Heroes Are Saving It. “By World War II, Athens was one of Europe’s most beautiful and eclectic cities. But a post-War building law, now seen as reckless and short-sighted, incentivised homeowners to knock down their houses and replace them with identikit concrete apartment blocks…. The post-War building spree is often given as the reason for Athens’ oppressive concrete appearance. And yet, walking through Athens today, you can still spot these pre-War survivors. There are a surprising number of them, largely hidden, subsumed, and sometimes entombed by their concrete surroundings. But they’re still there, surviving.”
Times of Israel: Greek Jewish archives stolen by Nazis returned after nearly 80 years. “The Greek Jewish community is celebrating the return of a trove of manuscripts and community documents that the Nazis stole nearly 80 years ago. The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS) announced in a statement earlier this month that Russia, which was in possession of the archives, had agreed to return them to their Mediterranean origin, after a diplomatic process supported by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.”
Microsoft: Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sport and Microsoft partner to digitally preserve ancient site of Olympia. “The Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sport and Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday announced Ancient Olympia: Common Grounds, a new collaboration to digitally preserve and restore ancient Olympia, the original home of the Olympic games, using AI. This digital revival project allows viewers around the world to explore ancient Olympia as it stood more than 2,000 years ago through an immersive experience via an interactive mobile app, web-based desktop experience, or a Microsoft HoloLens 2 exhibition at the Athens Olympic Museum.”
The National Herald: Greece Launches New Website on Protected Areas, Mountain Shelters, Ski Resorts. “The website presents all the protected areas of mainland and island Greece, giving equal weight to both the natural and cultural wealth of the country, while it aims to highlight their importance and value for recreation. It is aimed at a broad audience that includes agencies, institutions and scientists as well as non-specialist nature lovers, while it is user friendly.”
Michigan State University: Bringing an archaeology project into the digital age. “The design and tone of the new website combines classic and contemporary elements, reflecting the omnipresent application of digital technologies in modern-day archaeology. Visitors to the website will see a carefully curated blend of black-and-white and color photographs taken throughout the dig’s collaborative history.” The dig referenced is the MSU Excavations at Isthmia, Greece. Research at the site became an ongoing thing in the early 1950s.
Greek Reporter: Greek Antiquities Removed by Occupying Germany, US Archives Reveal. “A 47-page document in the US National Archives recently unearthed by an English historian reveals the damage caused to Greek antiquities during Germany’s occupation of the country in 1941-1944. The document, by the Directorate of Civil Affairs of the United States War Office was written between November 1944 and March 1945. It was discovered by Graham M. Simons, an English historian and author who has written well over sixty books on aviation history.”
University of Missouri Museum of Art and Archaeology: NEW Online Exhibition: Rarely Exhibited Greek Pottery. “This online exhibit, in two installments, illustrates examples from the Museum’s extensive collection of Greek pottery, most of which has not been exhibited in recent history. The first installment encompasses the Bronze Age to the Orientalizing period, ca. 2700–530 BCE.” The quote is from the PDF announcement.
Horizon Magazine: 3D dance recordings could help resurrect extinct Greek dances. “Anastasios Doulamis, professor at the National Technical University of Athens, is creating digital 3D dance recordings to preserve traditional Greek dance cultures threated with extinction. He tells Horizon why this approach is vital for conserving endangered dances – as well as enabling people to better learn and study popular styles.”
Hellenic News of America: AHEPA launches new website dedicated to its history. “In addition to [American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association]’s history and extensive accounts and data about Greek immigrants and immigration to America that is well-documented by George Leber’s ‘History of the Order of AHEPA: 1922 to 1972,’ the website provides biographies of important figures of Hellenic descent and philhellenes in American history, lists prominent recipients of AHEPA’s Socrates Award, the highest award the Order bestows; and links to an AHEPA-published book about America’s contributions to Greece’s fight for independence, ‘The 1821 Greek War of Independence and America’s Contributions to the Greek Cause.'”
Greek Reporter: Acropolis Museum Launches Interactive Digital Collection. “The new website includes not just information about the museum’s history, future visits, and upcoming exhibitions, but also a digital archive of the permanent collection, the first of its kind to be provided by a Greek museum. This voluminous catalogue, free and accessible to all, includes extensive descriptions of the over 2,000 master works housed by the museum as well as an interactive glossary, bibliographies, photographs, drawings, and videos to bring the collection to life.”