The CIG Portal to the Past is the product of a collective effort by the Institute to realize a dream for sharing the results of the archaeological work of the Institute's permit holders with a wider audience. Its maintenance and growth over the years will require more collective efforts.
The requisite background research and work began on the "digital archive" project in September, 2012. Our 2012-2013 Elisabeth Alfoldi-Rosenbaum Fellow, Gino Canlas (University of British Columbia) excavated our archives in Athens and wrote to our project directors for the essential details of each project that held a permit as well as collated the illustrative materials submitted with their applications, reports and publications. Rachel Dewan, our 2012 Wilfrid Laurier University undergraduate intern, began the slow process of the digitization of the illustrations of the older publications from the earliest projects in the 1980s and 1990s. Alisha Adams, our 2013 University of Waterloo undergraduate intern, continued this work. Chris Stewart, our multi-talented volunteer and ICT adviser, provided helpful advice and information along the way. Metaxia Tsipopoulou shared her knowledge and experiences with the creation of portals for national and international cultural heritage to make the Portal compatible with more complex international portals.
In January, 2013 the types and structures of the underlying databases as well as the taxonomies and technical vocabularies were mapped out by Effie Patsatzi. The creation of the databases in MySQL and their access via a Content Management System (CMS) based on the Drupal 7.0 platform followed immediately. This was executed by George Bruseker. Data entry, database and CMS refinements as well as debugging started slowly in February. Adams, Canlas and the Director (David W. Rupp) entered these data. They conferred with Bruseker to improve the process and the end usability by visitors to the Portal based on their experiences doing the work. The Director and the Assistant Director (Jonathan E. Tomlinson) added more material over the summer.
In the Fall of 2013, C. Myles Chykerda (graduate student at the Costen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA), the 2013-2014 Neda and Franz Leipen Fellow, assisted in checking and improving the textual content in the Portal. Sophie Goldberg, the 2013 Wilfrid Laurier Univeristy undergraduate intern improved the content of the People section and checked for accuracy in the Archives and Images sections. The Director continued to add entries and make refinements. The translation of the basic texts in English into Greek and French was commenced by Metaxia Tsipopoulou.