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The project Digitalizing the Finland-Swedish inheritance of pictures - a minority culture available for reasearch has been working under the Ministry of Education and the National Information Society Strategy programme 1.5.1996-30.4.1998, and is offering the Internet users a new form of service: Electronic picture archives.
The participants are:
The Bildarvet project is cooperating with the Muisti project who's participants are: Helsinki University Library, National Board of Antiquities, State archive, Finnish Literature Society and University of Turku Library.
The project endeavours to make the Finland-Swedish inheritance of pictures available via Internet for research, and thereby connect it to the common national inheritance of pictures. The criterias for the choice of pictures have been to make unavailable pictures available and to preserve older valuable pictures and often required picture collections from wear.
The databases mentioned above are available and searchable through the Web (see the links above). The databases are implemented with the Trip database system, the picture files are separately stored on a file server. The databases contain digitized versions of original pictures and photographs, mostly made by photografers from Turku.
The databases contain appr. 9.000 digital pictures with descriptions (4.000 of them are only for internal use). Over 18.000 pictures have textdescriptions already available for everyone, they will be linked to digital pictures in the future. Some 2.400 pictures are searchable also in the Muisti database.
When using the digital pictures in the databases, please note the following:
We wish that students, researchers and other interested will help us develop these databases. We sincerely appreciate all feedback.
Librarian Catherine af Hällström
The Picture Collection
FIN-20500 Åbo, Finland
Last updated 21.10.1998