research

The MCA is actively interested in information technology and its potential applications on cultural heritage, with the aim of disseminating knowledge to as wide an audience as possible. 

By regularly participating in international research programmes funded by the European Union, the museum has acquired considerable experience in the use of advanced technologies for conservation purposes, the creation and management of digital resources, the networking of museums and other cultural institutions through the web, increasing accessibility for the public, etc.

2016-2017 | The Technology of Early Cycladic Marble

This is a multi-disciplinary project, organized by the National Archaeological Museum (NAM) and the Museum of Cycladic Art (MCA), in collaboration with other research institutes, aiming to provide for the

first time full scientific documentation to the manufacturing techniques and colour decoration of Early Cycladic marble figurines and vessels.

2004-2007 | BRICKS

Building Resources for Integrated Cultural Knowledge Services

This project, part of the wider EU action IST, aimed at
the creation of a shared data-base of digital content among European cultural institutions (museums, libraries, archives, etc.). The final product of the project took the form of a portal, which allowed controlled access to the collections, exhibitions, events, etc. of the participant institutions. 

The portal continues to operate after the completion of the project. Apart from the MCA, the participants to this project included Athens University, Sheffield University, the European Museum Forum, the Italian Ministry of Culture, the British Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, the Russian Cultural Heritage Network, and many other organizations and IT companies.

2002-2003 | HELP

Handicap-Ηelping Electronic Learning Programme

This project, part of the wider EU action CULTURE 2000, aimed at the development of methods that could help visually-impaired people to approach art work. It attempted to use information technology and web applications in such a way that when combined with personal abilities (hearing, feeling, sense of orientation) could offer stimuli perceivable by visually-impaired individuals. Several universities and technology companies from Italy and Germany participated in the programme.


2001-2002 | CHANCE

Cultural Heritage Access through Networked services for Edutainement market

The aim of this project was to create a uniform content base for multimedia applications and special tools to be used primarily in the educational, edutainment, and the tourist market segments. Another objective was to identify and validate an exploitation strategy based ona number of business models, taking into consideration the legal requirements of different countries, and to consider the co-operation between Public Authorities and private companies. Apart from the MCA, several museums and IT companies from Italy, Germany, and France participated in the project.

1999-2001 | Virtual Museums

The main aim of this project, which attracted participation by nine Greek museums and the Department of Information Technology of the University of Athens, was the creation of a “virtual museum” which would operate with the aid of multimedia and virtual reality.

1993-1995 | RAMA (Remote Access to Museum Archives)

This project, part of the wider EU action RACE (Research & Developmentof Advanced Communication Technologies in Europe), aimed at the

development of a multimedia system for accessing museum archives through telecommunication networks. During that project, the MCA translated the whole of its collections data-base into English in order to be accessible by other participant institutions. Apart from the MCA, participants in the project included the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, the Archaeological Museum of Madrid, the Pergamon Museum at Berlin, the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence, the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, the Hague Museum, as well as several academic institutions and IT companies.

1993 | Integrated Mediterranean Programmes

This project, which was funded by the Hellenic Ministry of Finance, sought to introduce information technology into museum recording, by producing an electronic retrieval system for the collections of the MCA.


As part of the programme, the museum staff constructed an electronic data-base, which contained textual information and digitized images of all exhibits. In addition, the MCA developed a short digital guide which provided visitors with useful information about the collections and permanent exhibitions (Visitors’ Point of Information).