In recognition of the significant contribution made by the foundation's work in: recovering and preserving museum and archive material relating to Nikos Kazantzakis' life and work; promoting and disseminating such material to the wider public; raising awareness of specialist groups with regard to its exceptional literary and cultural resources; encouraging further academic study of the author's work, Greek State approval was gained for a project entitled "Digitisation, Promotion and Management of Cultural Data and Collections at the Nikos Kazantzakis Museum", carried out as part of the Information Society Operational Programme (Measure 1.3, Invitation 65). Budgeted at 500.000 Euro, the programme was co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (75%) and national resources (25%).
Project aims were:
To recover and preserve archive material;
To bring to the fore and promote a large and hitherto unknown portion of that material;
To make the said material known to all interested parties (pupils, teachers, students, academics, researchers, scholars etc.);
To simplify access to literary material and understanding and assimilation thereof by exploiting new technology.
This was to be achieved via five sub-projects, namely:
Acquisition and installation of electronic apparatus and a network;
Digitization of part of the collections (32,777 objects);
Documentation of part of the collections (20,777 objects);
Development of an internet portal and support software;
Creation of an education-entertainment DVD entitled Nikos Kazantzakis: Life and Work.
The Nikos Kazantzakis Museum fully achieved the aims set by the Information Society initiative in the modern era, in preserving the country's cultural reserves through the use of modern technology, as well as in managing and promoting cultural material, disseminating information and creating added value digital products and services.