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|Title||SYNTHESIS: An Information System for administration, documentation and promotion of cultural instances||>> See brochure|
|Contact person||Chryssoula Bekiari
Research and Development Engineer
SYNTHESIS is a cultural information system for scientific and administrative documentation of museum objects and monuments. The system has a generic and flexible documentation process model, and the user interface environment is provided through the internet and is specially adapted for describing knowledge for cultural instances for administration and scientific use, for curators and administrative staff of a cultural institution.
SYNTHESIS is a multilingual system. It supports the documentation in Greek, English, French, Italian, Arabic and data exchange with other systems in xml format.
The system exploits XML technology, multi layered architectures, open source software, and international standards and provides remarkable capabilities concerning the data organization, documentation process and system architecture and system functions. The data are organized in xml documents and is fully compatible with ISO 21127. SYNTHESIS supports the documentation for Museum objects, Monuments, Open sites and settlements, Multimedia objects (photos, designs, studies etc), Bibliography, Evidences, Persons, Organizations, Departments, Places, Materials, Events.
The architecture of the system is a 3-tier architecture, which allows the application logic, the data and the user interface to be separated and ensures open architecture, expandability, adaptability and flexibility. The general idea is that the data is stored in xml documents in a central database and the users, through the internet can use the functions of the system according to their type and permissions they have.
The major parts of the system are: