BIAA Digital Repository Launch

Location BIAA, 154 Atatürk Bulvarı

Date and time Tuesday 21 March 2023
14:00 - 15:00 (London GMT)
17:00 - 18:00 (Ankara UTC+3)

Speakers Nurdan Atalan Çayırezmez

Event Summary

Legacy data present an immensely rich and varied body of largely unstudied information that allows present-day scientists and researchers to further our understanding of Türkiye and the Black Sea region. Digitisation of the Institute’s archives – including pottery, animal bone and botanical reference collections, photographic, squeeze collections, and archaeological documents and drawings – have been ongoing since the 2000s, and the BIAA Digital Repository Office has been working to transform the old digital database to the new standardised information system since 2018. 

The Digital Repository is based on an Islandora 8 Open-Source System with a Drupal front-end, Qualified Dublin Core & MODS standards. It brings together both born-digital and digitised analogue data from the BIAA collections and provides open access to valuable information on the past and ongoing research projects and events of the Institute. In order to achieve this, open-access repository policies were adapted, and work to apply FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) principles and to use Creative Commons licences and controlled vocabularies (e.g. Getty, VIAF, LCSH etc.) is ongoing. 

This event celebrates the launch of the BIAA Digital Repository, as our team continue to work on several projects related to digitisation, linked open data and digital humanities.  

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Event Speakers

Nurdan Atalan Çayırezmez


Nurdan Atalan Çayırezmez is the BIAA Digital Repository Manager and a Near Eastern archaeologist. She holds a PhD on Information and Records Management at Ankara University. As part of her tenure at Ministry of Culture and Tourism, she was the manager of the Museum National Inventory System (MNIS). Since 2018, she has been working as the Digital Repository Manager in BIAA.