“Archive Alert” from Greece nominated for Digital Humanities Awards 2017


The website and platform Archive Alert (https://archivealert.gr/web/en/index) has been nominated for the international "Digital Humanities Awards 2017" in the category "Best Use of Digital Humanities for Public Engagement", the Arxeion Taxis just announced. The Archive Alert was launched in February 2017 and is a unique online platform for the rescuing of historical archives worldwide. In almost one year since its inauguration, there have been 12 reports of archival material, 12,000 visitors, 83 registered users, and 15 collaborating archival organizations.

The Digital Humanities Awards are annual digital awards which promote the recognition of talent and expertise in the digital humanities. The DH Awards are openly nominated by the community and openly voted for by the public as a DH awareness activity. The awards are overseen by an international Nominations Committee comprised of six university professors from educational institutions around the world, who will decide on the final candidates for each category based on whether they meet the necessary criteria. More information about awards: https://dhawards.org/

What is "Archive Alert"?

"Archive Alert" is an online platform that allows individuals, entities, groups, and organizations to report on archives and/or other cultural material which promotes cultural heritage (audiovisual material, maps, photographs, printed material, newspapers, posters, etc.). The users may report material they are in possession of, or material threatened by ignorance, negligence, or due to lack of expert human resources. At the same time, registered users can report on their own historical documents either to inform archival organizations, or to invite specialized staff to archive, file, preserve and utilize the material. The platform allows registration, and then, depending on the material reported, it automatically informs all organizations/entities that may be concerned. It should be noted that the use of the platform is free for users-informants and archival organizations; any kind of buying and selling of archival and cultural material is strictly forbidden. The creators of "Archive Alert" are the historians Panagiotis Andrianopoulos, Stefanos Vamiedakis, Giorgos Gassias, Yiannis Gonatidis & Christos Chrysanthopoulos. The project was funded by the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation through the Foundation's Scientific Associations Programme.

What is "Arxeion Taxis"?

The Association for the Preservation of Historical Documents and Cultural Heritage "Arxeion Taxis" is a collective effort based in Greece that aspires to actively contribute to preserve, showcase, and give prominence to cultural heritage, emphasizing historical documents and especially historical archives. In this light, Arxeion Taxis aims to collaborate with public/state organizations, groups that advance relevant scientific initiatives, and a wider network of citizens who are aware of the significance of archives. The non-profit organization Arxeion Taxis was founded in 2011 and consists of five members. More information: https://arxeiontaxis.gr/en/homepage/