The Digital Repository was created as part of the project "Promoting the work of the Research Centres of the Athens Academy." It was funded by the Operational Programme Digital Convergence under the NSRF 2007-2013.
The Academy of Athens has a long tradition of acquiring collections and supporting research in the fields of humanities and social sciences. Some of these collections and research projects belonging to the Research Center of Modern Greek Dialects and the Centre for Research of Greek Folklore existed even before the establishment of the Academy in 1926.
The Library of the Academy of Athens and ten of its Research Centres have contributed to the creation of the digital repository with many of their collections and projects. Access to the repository is gained through a new dynamic portal, based on state of the art technology, in particular, on modern Rich Internet Application (Rich Internet Applications) and Semantic Web (Semantic Web) technologies.
With the use of modern Web technologies, the Digital Repository of the Academy of Athens presents 43 different collections, totalling a volume of approximately 500,000 pages created and/or collected by the Research Centers of the Academy of Athens in a thematically unified manner.
The material is characterized not only by thematic, but also morphological diversity: printed works, archival material, maps, drawings, photographs, three-dimensional objects, audiovisual material, databases.
The user may access the material either as a whole through the main gate of the Depository or by Research Center, or per collection. The ordinary user can identify the items that interest him by means of an analytical or a visual method, i.e. with the use of time-lines and thematic atlases. He can also read clearly written, short and authoritative information on individual collections. If he wishes to explore the content of the collections in greater depth, he can use advanced search features.