digitalSSM, implemented by the SSM in collaboration with Sabanci University Information Centre, is a pioneering project in Turkey, encompassing the transfer of all the collections and archives of a museum to the digital media. The contents of the Arts of the Book and Calligraphy Collection, the Painting Collection, the Abidin Dino Archives and the Emirgan Archives are now on the digitalSSM website, together with more than 77 thousand high resolution visuals.
The scanning and archiving processes were in conformity with international standards, and the ‘CONTENTdm’ software used by Yale University, Purdue University and other prominent universities and institutions was adopted. The software, which will provide worldwide access to SSM collections and archives, is endowed with a user-friendly advanced keyword search system. The digitalSSM project’s aim is to make a contribution to Turkey’s cultural heritage by providing a significant source to the use of scholars, researchers, curators, collectors, art history students and fans of Turkish and Islamic art in Turkey and abroad.