This project sponsored by EEA grants aims to implement the first program for digitization of movable and immovable cultural heritage of Plovdiv, a city famous for being one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in Europe. Currently, the collections of Plovdiv’s cultural institutions are not digitized. The objective is to establish a state-of-the-art digital center, consisting of two permanent facilities for digitization as well as of four additional mobile digital stations situated in the six partnering cultural institutions. The project will improve the access to museum collections as well as will facilitate the work with archival resources. The target is to digitize at least 50 000 objects representing the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of the city of Plovdiv. There is a wide range of social groups benefiting from the project. Researchers will have more options to study and analyze the artifacts from museum collections as well as to broaden their perspective on the Plovdiv’s rich cultural heritage. Residents of Plovdiv will be able to learn more about history of their own city. Young people of Roma origin, involved in digitization of Roma cultural heritage, will have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and understanding about their own culture.

The project is listed as best practice by the Council of Europe’ Strategy 21 website: