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2-7 December 2002

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Information Support for Preservation of the Architectural Heritage in the Kizhi Museum

Titova Olga
Manager of the Kizhi museum Computer center
The state open-air Kizhi museum of history, architecture and ethnography
Adress: 185000, Russia, Republic of Karelia, Petrozavodsk, Neglinskaya nab., 23
Fax: (8142) 76-70-91
E-mail: olga@kizhi.karelia.ru


Different information systems developed by the Kizhi museum make it possible to accumulate and to use the detailed information connected with all aspects of the pieces of the wooden architecture.

During the report the following programs already used in the museum will be demonstrated:

1. Pieces of architecture data base makes it possible to accumulate detailed information on a structure, to monitor its engineering condition, to support its restoration and to accumulate graphic information. The program is provided with many reference books.

2. Monitoring information system has been developed for accumulation, classification and current analyses of the information on the conditions of members and elements of a structure. All data are space-adjusted making it possible to monitor the dynamics of the condition of certain logs damaged by wood-destroying fungi and bugs. The system makes it possible to analyze and to anticipate further destruction of the members. He results of the analyses are presented in visual forms (as maps and charts with colored segmentation).

3. Iconostasis Information System now is used only for the iconostasis of the Church of the Transfiguration. The iconostasis is dismantled and stored as parts (carved frames and painted boards (tyablos)). The total surface area of painting and gilding is about 200 m3. It is necessary to possess a large volume of information to control the condition and to provide early conservation and preservation.

The system is space-distributed database. It is possible to map any space-distributed information: to tie-in pictures, texts, charts and tables. The Information System helped to reconstruct the image of now dismantled iconostasis as well as to monitor the condition of the iconostasis complex and to estimate the condition according to all the parameters.

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