Our ambition is to make Kronik@ a place of access to all Polish culture resources and a meeting place for lovers of culture and art – said Adam Andruskiewicz, Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Prime Minister’s Chancellery during the opening of the Kronika Gate on Tuesday.
“This day is a great celebration of digitization, but also a celebration for all lovers of culture and art in Poland,” said Minister Adam Andrukschewicz. In his opinion, the creation of the Chronicle is a response to the growing demand for access to digital copies of cultural works. “We want to spend our time accessing the great cultural resources that Polish history and the nation have created over the centuries. Digitization allows us to experience culture and art without leaving home,” Andruszkiewicz said, adding that the portal being created gives access to works from the collections of many institutions “We aspire to make Kronica a place of access to all Polish culture resources and a meeting place for lovers of culture and art,” he added.
Anna Goss, Director of Data Management at the Prime Minister’s Chancellery, gave a presentation on the site’s operation, calling it “the premier repository of Polish culture, securing digital heritage”. She added that the creation of this solution is very important for cultural institutions, which, thanks to the Chronicle, will be able to digitize their collections more easily. She emphasized that “Kronika’s resources may also include hitherto unknown private resources that would enrich knowledge of Polish culture.”
Łukasz Turek, Project Manager @ KRONIK from the Prime Minister’s Chancellery, said that currently around 700,000 objects have been included in the portal. In his opinion, about 6-7 million works will be included in the database by the end of the year. The Chronicle is facilitated by the tutorials provided by its creators. The guides on the @KRONIK portal for animated presentations are Mikowaj Kaepernick, Elisa Urzyszkow and Maria Konopnica.
The conference was also attended by representatives of institutions dealing with the digitization of their collections, including from the State Archives, the National Museum in Warsaw, the National Library, the Institute for National Remembrance and the National Museum in Krakow. During the discussion on the future of digitizing culture and science collections, IPN spokesperson Dr. Rafai Lekevich said that the basis of work on the @Kronik portal is the belief that access to cultural works from various institutions should be possible through a single port. “At the end of 2017, we started looking for similar solutions in other countries and started looking into the implementation of this project. We realized that it would be a huge challenge, because our partners would be completely different organizations, with different levels of progress in the field of digitization and the use of new technologies,” said a spokesperson for the Institute National Anniversary He added that the challenge for creators is also to integrate descriptions of the different objects used by institutions.
According to Grzegorz Zajączkowski of the Prime Minister’s Chancellery, from the point of view of the “average user”, the advantage of the new portal over other tools for accessing cultural works is the possibility to more easily link related works, including digital copies of literary works with material about their authors. He explained that access to the “Chronicle” will be easier because its collections will be available in the normal search engines on the Internet.
According to Dominik Cieszkowski of the National Library, users will also find it easier to use multiple databases at the same time. “This does not mean disappearing in the crowd of data, but rather the possibility of moving between the collections of different institutions and discovering new areas for the exploitation of these collections” – indicated the representative of the National Library. In his opinion, KRONIK@ will also make it possible to integrate many of the existing Polish scientific database repositories.
The task of the portal Kronika.gov.pl is to collect in one place digital copies of the most valuable cultural and scientific objects or which are threatened with destruction. Its purpose is to ensure universal access to resources, and for institutions and private collectors to keep their collections safe. The KRONIK @ portal will contain a digital collection of works – magazines, photographs, museum and archive objects. The search engine will be part of the portal that will allow you to create your own groups and groups of objects.
Conference registration is available at Kronika.gov.pl: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwHgdknoBpg (PAP)
Author: Michał Szukała
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