The international event ‘Culture, Digital Media and Entrepreneuship: From Digitisation to Gamification’ will be held in Athens on 18th and 19th May by the NGO Xenios Polis in collaboration with the Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications & Information and the research organisation CARDET. The aim is to create a network of co-operation between public and private organisations, universities and research institutions in the areas of culture, digital media and entrepreneurship.
The event will be held over two days at two different locations: on Friday 18th May, at the Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications & Information, (11 Fragkoudi Street, Kallithea, Athens) and on Saturday 19th May at the Alpha Bank Offices (11, Sophocleos Street, Omonia, Athens). The National Documentation Centre (EKT) will participate in the event, presenting its cultural content search portal SearchCulture.gr.
On the first day, there will be presentations of successful applications (digital tools/projects), by universities and research institutions, educational bodies, public and private organisations, all of whose actions are directed towards promoting culture in a modern, technological way.
Dr. Haris Georgiadis, representing EKT, will present the SearchCulture.gr portal to the public on Friday 18th May. The goals of the portal are to aggregate the entire Greek digital cultural content produced with public funding in a single environment, its safe preservation and its free open availability to citizens, researchers and educators. Through SearchCulture.gr, EKT not only aggregates and safely preserves national cultural content but it also feeds this content to Europeana, which, in turn, increases the findability and exploitation of Greek digital content. Organisations which contribute their content to SearchCulture.gr ensure its long-term preservation through the platform’s Preservator Service.
On the second day, will be for establishing new partnerships and synergies through working groups with the following topics: (a) digital culture and European funding; (b) museums, cultural institutions and digital media; (c) culture, tourism and the digital world, (d) education and new media.
The event will be supported by a variety of organisations from Greece as well as Harvard University (International Gamification Confederation) and GRIPEN Europe (Romania).
NGO ‘Xenios Polis’
‘Xenios Polis’ is a new effort (founded in early 2016) based on both the enthusiasm of young scientists and the support of recognised academic scholars. The general purpose of ‘Xenios Polis’ is primarily to focus on scientific issues, research and the organisation of social care programmes, education and culture. Emphasis is given to issues of information, training and support for social groups which are considered sensitive and vulnerable.
Actions are centred on the promotion of innovation and the functional integration of the opportunities offered by the Information and Communication Technologies.
Issues Xenios Polis is concerned with include: vulnerable social groups, social educational and counselling support for children and adolescents, media education (for students and parents), gender issues, discrimination issues (with emphasis on the education), culture and social welfare, applied antiquity and digital culture, problems in urban environments and environmental issues.