Digitalisation

Systematic digitalisation of immovable cultural heritage began with the setting up of a register of cultural heritage. The development of the system began in 1991. In June 1996, a pilot register was set up. The Slovenian register of immovable cultural heritage is among the most advanced and comprehensive in Europe; it provides systematic geo-location of cultural heritage sites and monuments, which in 1997 was something completely new in Europe. Today the register includes uniform identification data on almost 30.000 cultural heritage units and provides assistance for actions for their efficient conservation.

In 2006, a systemic digitalisation of the INDOK centre databases began with a view to increasing accessibility of cultural heritage documents and increasing their protection. This was compliant with European trends and guidelines. The following collections have been digitalised:

  • collection of negatives on glass plates, which is the most sensitive and most often used, was digitalised first, between 2006 and 2007 (8.773 negatives),
  • the diapositives collection was digitalised between 2007 and 2010 (16.988 diapositives),
  • the negatives collection on films has been progressively digitalised since 2010 (currently 17.424 negatives of more than 92.000 have already been digitalised),
  • the watercolour paintings collection was digitalised in 2013 (303 watercolour paints and sketches),
  • selected conservators’ field notes were digitalised between 2009 and 2012 (6.607 field notes totalling 10.047 pages).

Most of the digitalised documents are publicly accessible on the web, linked to an interactive map of the register of cultural heritage (http://giskd.situla.org) and on Europe’s digital library portal Europeana (http://www.europeana.eu).

Since 2011, the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia has also been digitalising its collections; to date, all numbers of the journal Varstvo spomenikov (Protection of Monuments) and the publications of collections Dnevi evropske kulturne dediščine (The European Heritage Days) and Kulturni in naravni spomeniki Slovenije (Cultural and Natural Monuments of Slovenia) have already been digitalised.

Ksenija Kovačec Naglič