An Annual Journal for Culture and Technology by the Foundation of the Hellenic World
Issue 1 / 2001
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The IMEros journal is an annual publication produced by the Foundation of the Hellenic World (FHW). Its aim is twofold: to stimulate the theoretical study of the problems and opportunities arising from the interaction between the humanities (mainly archaeology, history and museology) with multimedia and the new technologies (primarily the Internet, electronic publishing, 3D representations and virtual reality); and, by expressing the issues, propositions and concerns that such debate engenders, to highlight the theoretical and scientific basis of the projects realised at FHW and to support the special scientific and academic interests of its staff.

IMEros will thus cover issues relating to

  • cultural information as an object of electronic development and dissemination
  • the application, visualisation and restructuring of cultural information
  • educational and museological electronic applications as they relate to cultural information.

Also included in the journal are articles of purely historical or technological interest relating to history, archaeology, art and new technological applications.

IMEros welcomes any contribution that falls within the above thematic framework.

Future issues of IMEros will follow specific themes and will, additionally, include short web catalogues of such subjects as history, archaeology, and the management of cultural heritage, and, occasionally, short monographs (published as supplements) and reports of conferences organised by FHW.

In the second issue of IMEros, contrary to the first one, texts by external collaborators are included. It is encouraging for the future of the journal the fact that this time the majority of the texts fall within the thematic frameworks that lie at the core of IMEros' interest. Maria Roussou (Narrative as an instrument for the construction of cultural and educational virtual reality experiences) examines, through examples of virtual reality applications, the notion of narration, whether it is considered as an abstract sum of elements that constitute an experience or as a linear narration of stories. Despoina Valatsou (Does Digital History Change History? Historical Narrative, Hypertext and Visualization of the Past) focuses on issues that result from the introduction of new technology in the field of science of history, mainly in the process of perception and reconstruction of the past. Nikolaos Ampazis (The Use of Advanced Techniques of Digital Material Management and Information Retrieval based on Content: Operation of the Concept Based Search Engine "ARGO" in FHW's Web Site) examines the way search engines operate both through the use of key words and through advanced techniques of statistical analysis.
The article of Nikos Athanassiou (The canon of the nine lyric poets in the early years of Alexandrian scholarship) belongs to the field of classical philology. The author presents a study about the catalogues of the lyrical poets as they were composed by Aristophanes of Byzantium. Finally, Aphrodite Kamara (Documentaries: Function and Fiction) examines issues and methodological problems that emerge from the production and use of documentaries on cultural matters.

The second issue of IMEros also hosts presentations of electronic projects and programmes whose content falls within the framework of the journal's interests. So, Dimitris Plantzos presents the applications of new technologies that were elaborated by the Museum of Cycladic Art and Vasso Kokkinaki deals with a sample of Internet sites of archaeological content that address the wide public, while Platon Petridis and Vicky Foskolou examine the CD-ROM, which was produced by FHW in order to present archaeology to children.

The rapid increase of electronic sites with research-academic content led, as was expected, to their presentation and evaluation through the Internet itself with the methods that are familiar to the scientific community. IMEros, responding to these new tendencies, hosts web critiques by Georgios Zachos and Ioannis Karachristos.

At the end of the present issue, like the previous one, there are catalogues of electronic addresses relevant with new technologies, history and classical studies on the Internet, which were composed by Ioanna Andreou and Aphrodite Kamara.

IMEros, having as initial objective the examination of the interaction between different fields of knowledge and various thematic frameworks, aims at the submission of articles that approach issues of culture and technology in an interdisciplinary way. Through the collection of the articles of this issue it becomes evident that the contact between culture and new technologies opens up a still unexplored field, the boundaries of which are gradually being defined through the exploration of complex and novel themes. We believe that through this second issue, IMEros has taken a step towards the configuration of a platform, which calls for the examination of the relationship between the humanities and new technologies. Your contribution, with the submission of articles and the dissemination of ideas, is valuable for the further elucidation of the field and the success of this objective.

The Editorial Committee 

The Editorial Committee would like to thank Dr. Dimitris Bilalis for his contribution in the preparation of this issue.

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