Compiling the National Archive of Monuments Terminology
Realising the need for establishing a unified Terminology for the management of the cultural repository of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, and after the completion of the Project “Digitalisation of the Collections of Movable Monuments of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture”, the Directorate of the National Archive of Monuments initiated the compilation of the National Archive of Monuments Terminology, and in the medium term, the development of the Thesaurus of Archaeological Collections and Monuments.
The Directorate coordinates the development of the Terminology and more specifically:
• the continuous enrichment of Terminology, and its further adaptation to the specialised needs of the Ministry's Archaeological Units and Museums
• the creation and establishment of a systematic process of validation
• the management of standardisation and structure compliance issues
For the certification of the scientific soundness of Terminology, the Directorate appointed the Committee of Terminology Specialists of the Ministry, all distinguished scholars in various thematic and chronological fields of Antiquity. The role of the Committee involves the validation of terms that result from the Ministry's Archaeological Units and Museums documentation records, stored in the system of the National Archive of Monuments.
The prospects and the profits of this initiative are obvious. Beyond the continuous enrichment of the Terminology, the foundations for the creation of National Thesaurus of Archaeological Collections and Monuments are placed. The Thesaurus will serve the current needs of management, access and promotion of the archaeological assets of Greece. This issue forms a persistent requirement of the scientific community and the need for its scholar and institutional configuration is hence imperative. The electronic environment of the increasing volume of digital content, in which the Archaeological Service participates actively, dictates the establishment of methods and tools which can improve the management of cultural information, in close cooperation with the Committee.
A dedicated space and an electronic Forum of Terminology are available in the Directorate's website to allow the work and communication of the Committee of Terminology Specialists. In this space, the registered members of the Committee can receive content of limited access and have the opportunity to exchange views for the validation of the terms.
The development and the continuous growth of this important initiative, constitutes a major objective of the Directorate, which can be ensured through practical application, always in collaboration with the Committee of Terminology Specialists of the Ministry.