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Collaboration Between STARC and the Pancyprian Gymnasium / Ministry of Education and Culture

The Cyprus Institute and the Ministry of Education and Culture signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the digitization, study and dissemination of the invaluable archives and collections of the most historic Cypriot School.

Representing the collaborating parties, the Minister of Education and Culture, Dr. Costas Kadis, The President of The Cyprus Institute, Prof. Costas Papanicolas, and the President of the Ephorate of the Greek Schools of Nicosia, Nikos Megalemos addressed the importance of the agreement, which took place in the historic Archive of the Pancyprian Gymnasium. The overall effort was deemed necessary with the goal of digitizing, analyzing and disseminating the cultural wealth contained in the archival and museum collections of the school.

This research effort will be led by the Science and Technology in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Research Center (STARC) of Τhe Cyprus Institute. STARC’s mission is the development and effective application of scientific and technological methods and tools in archaeological and cultural heritage research in Cyprus and the broader Eastern Mediterranean basin. Advances in the fields of Digital Heritage and Digital Humanities offer tremendous opportunities for the documentation, study and preservation of our cultural heritage. In this context, the expertise and technical knowhow of STARC, will guide the development and implementation of the aforementioned collaboration with the Pancyprian Gymnasium. More specifically, Dioptra: The Edmée Leventis Digital Library for Cypriot Culture of The Cyprus Institute will provide the optimal digital platform for the development and dissemination of the results of this collaborative initiative.