our task for the 21st century is to take care of our cultural heritage ...
the obligation for future generations to preserve and share
Since its founding, Gutenberg has been carrying out numerous activities aimed at developing and promoting Polish culture, art and scientific and economic achievements.
One of the priorities of the Brotherhood is to support the preservation of national heritage on the territory and abroad of Poland.
Numerous undertakings aiming at digitization of museums and archival materials from collections located in Poland are being carried out. Our efforts are directed to cultural heritage resources, unique to our geographical area - wooden and brick church architecture or non-public archival collections.
We pay special attention to undertakings aiming at the digitalization of museums and archival materials located outside Poland and to provide substantive assistance to Polish emigre institutions.
In our activities we will use state-of-the-art solutions enabling dissemination and facilitating access to resources of the Polish cultural heritage. One of the most important projects that we realize is the program "Digitization of collections of Polish cultural heritage". Due to its assumptions and objectives, this project has become a key task facing the association in the near future. Analysis of the situation in the field of digitalization of collections on the Polish market has clearly demonstrated that there is a great demand for a comprehensive solution to this problem. Digitization of collections of cultural heritage is also a necessity in all EU Member States through generally applicable directives. At the same time, large amounts of cash are available for EU projects to reimburse expenses incurred in implementing this issue. The development of information technology and the emergence of modern society force changes in the ways of making available the collections of cultural heritage. This applies to all kinds of collections - libraries, museums, archives, etc.
Digitization of collections consists in creating digital reproductions of museum collections, libraries and archives, transferring them to the memory of computers, developing them, and creating rules and tools for managing these collections. The ultimate goal of the project is to allow access to the collection as extensively as possible. The way to implement each project is to create teams composed of experts from different fields and define the principles of their cooperation. The beneficiaries of the project may be museums, libraries, archives.
Since 2011, the Fraternity has applied for funding for open competitions announced by the most important institutions of public life in Poland - the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Senate of the Republic of Poland. Our applications were repeatedly accepted by the experts of these institutions and the resources obtained in this way enabled realization of digitization projects of cultural heritage resources in Poland and abroad.
Later in this page we present all our projects, which would not be possible without the financial support of the mentioned institutions.
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Ukrainian Book and Printing Museum.
Digitalization of valuable items from the collection of the Museum of Books and Printing of Ukraine in Kiev. Project funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Polish-language portal.
Central Historical Archive of Ukraine.
Digitization of archival collections from the collection of the Central Historical Archives of Ukraine. Project funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Polish-language portal
The first year of operation of the program "Digitization of Polish Heritage Resources"