Cultural Heritage Digitization & Social Enterpreunership

Specific problem of the area to be addressed

The cross-border region of Greece and Albania includes many small cultural institutions that are trying to preserve cultural relics, events and material with the help of digitization. The problem occurs when the procedure that is followed for the digitization is not standardized and does not meet the necessary specifications for the material to be included in the bigger cultural databases and to be promoted through Internet Marketing and social media channels. Cultural preservation through digitization can help the tourist sector and support the creation of small local social enterprises.

Main project activities planned

The main objective of this proposal is the support of the digitization and the documentation of cultural content using standardized procedures that will allow it to be included in large scale databases of similar content. By following these procedures, the institutions that provide this content are given the opportunity to contribute to the region’s cultural and touristic reinforcement by presenting their cultural material in a worldwide range, through large scale cultural databases. Moreover small and social enterprises can be created in the creative industry.

Expected outputs and results

The project foresees:
The creation of educational material which will be distributed to the institutions that participate.
Participation of the aforementioned institutions in seminars about the digitization and documentation standards.
The editing of digitization and documentation manuals.
Creating a center of collaboration for larger cultural institutions that will form social enterprises which will employ young and unemployed graduates on relevant fields.

Area of expertise/interest

Society 3/3 has expertise in social economy and entrepreneurship. During the last 4 years the organization has worked towards the development of operating models for social entrepreneurship in various sectors and has established many social enterprises. Main interest is to support economic development, take initiatives in economic, political and legislative level to address issues of social exclusion, promote gender equality and combating all forms of discrimination.