The portal has been designed and implemented by the Foundation of the Hellenic World and funded within the framework of the Operational Programme ‘Information Society’ (OPIS) of the 3rd CSF with the aim to develop a website containing historical and cultural infrastructure information for the promotion of the unique features of Aegean Sea.
The entire information is organized in texts in the form of entries which present both history and culture of Aegean islands and broader issues of historical and cultural nature.
The project functions at the same time as a Web portal, where websites related to the project have been introduced, classified, and described in a single database, providing thus the user with the opportunity of surfing the web for issues concerning the Aegean Sea.
More specifically, the Portal’s objective is to promote the historical and cultural profile of the Aegean islands. For achieving this goal all traditional forms of information (text, data tables, images, drawings, and maps) were used as well as many new forms coming from applications of multimedia technologies in the cyberspace.
The 3D displays, architectural and city planning models, historical maps, videos, and audio files intend to facilitate the described phenomena, document the text information and add new dimensions of acquisition increasing both the range of the cognitive field and the margins of going into it. Thus, information becomes easy to use, comprehensible, and attractive without losing its credibility and preciseness.
In addition, the search and investigation options of the variable and bulk content are better utilized thanks to the multiple and overlapping search possibilities in a digital environment.
In geographical terms, the Portal includes the Regions of Southern and Northern Aegean Sea; in the first one the prefectures of Lesbos, Chios and Samos are included and in the second the prefectures of Cyclades and Dodekanese. This section of the portal is its key stretch and the area about which information is systematically developed and a thorough search of existing related nodes is realized.
The immediate plans include the Portal’s enrichment so as it will encompass the entire Aegean islands and their adjacent coasts.
In terms of time the historical and archeological information ranges from the prehistory until modern times.
In terms of structure, the Portal includes two categories of text sections (entries): Islands and General issues.
General issues: this section includes entries related to issues of history and archeology, environment and ecology, folk culture and architecture, entries presenting in summary the current socio-economic and cultural profile of the islands, as well as entries referring to distinguished and representative historical persons per era.
Islands: With regard to the development of information of the entries related to individual islands, the “identity-card” structure of the entry is characteristic because it has been adapted to the needs of a general demographic-administrative-cultural presentation of each island; the same applies for the structure of the entries themselves which are organized in sections reflecting more or less the thematic allocation of issues handled by the “general” entries: natural space – environment, history, archeological sites and monuments, folk culture.
Other issues that are not included in the foregoing structure are developed freely in a separate section or sections.
A common feature of all entries is their enrichment with audiovisual information, bibliography, glossary of special terms, lists with additional information as well as special networking. The entries have internal links to other entries of the Portal or texts from other entry bases.
At the same time, the Portal functions as a guide to the Internet. Many scattered nodes on the Aegean islands have been recorded, assessed, grouped and presented in an integral manner and specifications so that they are accessible. The classification is realized on the basis of thematic and geographical criteria as well as criteria related to the kind of information and services provided by the nodes.
The user may search in the database of websites related to the history and culture of the Aegean sea and browse within the base following the thematic list so as he chooses to display the nodes he is interested in, based on his interests.