About the archive

Haloo Akseli is an open access digital archive based on the 1920s phonebook of Finnish artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela. The archive will hold information in the form of micro-histories, connected to Gallen-Kallela and his network of artist friends, colleagues and acquaintances.
This Archive is a result of a collaboration between Aalto University’s Media Lab and Gallen-Kallela Museum. More specifically, this project is part of the digGLAM initiative at the Systems of Representation research group, the goal being to help digitize the collections of small GLAMs (galleries, libraries, archives and museums) into the Culture Commons using an Open Source autonomous scanning Robot with participation from local communities in Finland.
Theme Days have been organized on February 9 and March 9, 2014 at the Gallen-Kallela Museum to encourage community participation in the digitization of cultural heritage and help build the archive. The digitized material includes photos, texts and quotes from the museum’s archives – as well as pictures, postcards, memories and stories that the visitors of the Theme Days are invited to bring in.
A unique part of these Theme Days is the application of the “digGLAM Assistant” scanning robot initially developed by Project Gado / John Hopkins University Baltimore, currently under development in the Media Lab Helsinki and the Aalto University School of Science / Department of Computer Science. The robot will assist in the digitization of the historical material, adding it to the digital archive and making it available for a worldwide audience.
Welcome to join in and participate in the making of the archive!