The TPOP platform, a project to digitize the papyrus collection of the Museo Egizio, winner in the ‘research’ category of the prestigious European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra 2020 Prizes
Since 2017, the Museo Egizio has been working to digitise their collection of papyri. In September 2019, the Turin Papyrus Online Platform (TPOP) was launched online, employing digital information technologies to make the collection virtually accessible across borders and disciplinary boundaries. The “virtual” conservation of papyri by means of their digitisation and connection to a network has ensured the long-term preservation of written material and its accessibility by anyone from anywhere and at any time. The Papyrus Collection consists of nearly 700 whole or reassembled manuscripts and over 17,000 papyrus fragments, documenting over 3,000 years of written material culture in seven scripts and eight languages originating from several locations.
“Europe has numerous papyrus collections or collections of papyri, a documentary wealth that testifies to the 19th-century European interest in the Orientalism that emerged in the 18th century and permeated its material culture. Having such a platform online, in open access and high resolution is of great value to museums, especially in view of its potential to be used in creating a European digital museum that would bring together dispersed heritage, a homogeneous virtual collection that would be impossible to achieve on a material level. Applying the tools of the digital age is a contribution to the development of knowledge and the preservation of material culture and its open accessibility, to both scientists and the general public, promotes its dissemination”, the Jury said.
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