The digital archive developed in the framework of the research project 'Tesserae of Knowledge' constitutes the outcome of an effort to locate, record and digitize material that has been produced by disabled people and people with chronic illnesses in Cyprus and in Greece. Poems, literature, speeches, works of art, documentaries, videos, songs, interviews, photos and publications have been digitized and published on the webpage in an attempt to outline the personal profile of each contributor. The digital archive is organized according to the profile and work of each contributor (digital portfolios) and according to other factors characterizing the material, such as the thematic areas it represents, the curriculum subjects that are relevant to it, and the students' age range it targets (search tool).
The digital portfolios include a short biography of the contributor, representative work and interviews. Each portfolio is organized in a way that promotes the contributor's work in the best possible way. Navigating through each portfolio enables the website visitors to form a holistic view of the views and work of the contributors. It is important to mention that a great part of the material included in the digital portfolios was collected with the co-operation of postgraduate students and it was organized and digitized by the research assistants of the project 'Tesserae of Knowledge'. The material was published on the webpage with the consent of the contributors, except in the cases of people who passed away. Some of the material included in the archive was unpublished, and people had never heard about it. It is also worth mentioning that the people whose portfolios are included on the webpage have welcomed this approach and, in many cases, they have sent additional material which they believed to pertain to the objective of the webpage. The webpage is updated with new digital portfolios, since there are still many people whose work is important for the project.
A number of teachers who participated in professional development programmes of the project expressed their wish to navigate through the archival material quickly and effectively. Following their instigations, a search tool was developed to facilitate them locate material of interest using keywords about subject, thematic area, type of document, and class level. A list of thematic areas was also developed, and it can be used complimentary to the search tool.
The digital portfolios and the search tool are in Greek language and can be viewed here.
It is noted that the materials published in the digital portfolios represent the authors and not necessarily the coordinator of the research project.