VEnice and its LAgoon – Archive Information Network
VELARIA is the information network of the archives of public and private Bodies and Institutions operating on the territory of the UNESCO Site “Venice and its Lagoon”.
The portal has the aim of favouring a wider knowledge of the UNESCO Site’s archival heritage by providing cultural resources for online consultation*. It develops services to allow users to search for and consult material and constitutes a network of connections to effectively share data, methodologies, experiences, professional skills and services and develop a cooperation between the archive’s information systems and set international standards. The operational stages of the project started with the census of the Site’s Bodies and Institutions. Then, charts describing each institution, its archives and institutes of collection and conservation were composed, and later a network of the connections existing between them was configured. The main expected results are the launch of interdisciplinary collaborations between the Institutions operating on the Site’s territory aimed at publishing and spreading the knowledge about the existing archival heritage and national and international conservation entities, as well as the elaboration of didactic programmes aimed at increasing awareness about UNESCO Sites.
VELARIA is a system project of the 2012-2018 Management Plan inserted in the framework of the Action Plan “Knowledge and sharing”.
The creation of the portal was managed by the Archival Superintendence of the Veneto Region with the collaboration of the Municipalities of the Site and the UNESCO Site Office of the Municipality of Venice.
The project was launched in 2012 with the contribution of the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Tourism, Law 77/2006 – “Special measures for the protection and enjoyment of Italian sites of cultural, landscape and environmental interest, included in the World Heritage List and placed under the protection of the UNESCO”. It was concluded in January 2015 with the publication of the portal.
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