About

     The Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage (CULTNAT)

Since 2002, CULTNAT has been building databases covering the diverse fields of Egypt’s huge heritage, gathering massive data, applying and creating advanced technology, and employing qualified human resources. CULTNAT’s multilingual databases, a huge repository of heritage information, are reinforced by 2D and 3D high quality. This wealth of knowledge is disseminated through different channels which are the patented panoramic interactive display system, CULTURAMA, books, multimedia applications, documentary movies, websites, virtual reality, augmented reality, mobile applications, and GIS applications.

The scope of work of CUILTNAT encompasses the Egyptian cultural and natural heritage. The former with all its facets whether tangible or intangible. Many of CULTNAT projects are dedicated to documenting the tangible heritage, starting with the Archeological map of Egypt that employs the multimedia in conjunction with the Geographical Information Systems (GIS) technologies to produce a powerful documentation and management tool for the ancient Egyptian archeological sites. Information about the museum artefacts are included in website pertaining to the center such as the award winning website Eternal Egypt and the Global Egyptian Museum. The intangible heritage includes the arts and the folklore. There are projects that documents these variations based on place like the Nubian heritage and the Siwi heritage. Others that document aspects of Art such as the Stars of Music in the Arab World.

Egypt is endowed with a wealth of natural heritage, an enormous variety of species. We had several projects documenting the flora and fauna of Egypt. Currently, CULTNAT is cooperating with the Ministry of Agriculture to document Egypt’s wealth of Botanical Gardens, the collections of the Ancient Egyptian Agricultural Museum and horse breeds in Egypt in addition to upgrading the technological capacity of the Botanical Gardens. A Geographical Information System is built for the gardens

CULTNAT has not only developed action plans to electronically document Egyptian heritage but also contributes to safeguarding fragile treasures of Egyptian history through their digitization. Among these are the manuscripts of the National Archives; the stamps of the National Postage Organization; and the archives of El-Maktab El-Araby.

Recently CULTNAT began working in the field of technology for Museums; how the Virtual Reality models can be used for museum display. The first prototype was shown in the exhibition “Keys To Rome”, held in the BA.

CULTNAT always keeps a strategic alliance with the following Government Organizations: Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Ministry of Antiquities, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Agriculture to document the various aspects of Egyptian Heritage, moreover the partnerships with various national, regional and international organizations

CULTNAT reinforces the capacity building for professionals in the fields of documentation of cultural and natural heritage in implementing projects and seeks to increase public awareness by using all available media.

CULTNAT has a set of exhibitions and projections where all projects are on display for public visits
CULTNAT publishes material in print and CD formats.
CULTNAT also has won several national, regional and international prizes.

Vision

     The vision is to be a center of Excellence, deploying the best resources and creating new technologies for documenting Egypt's Cultural and Natural Heritage.

Mission

     Being part of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the center strives to document, manage, and disseminate knowledge of Egyptian cultural and natural Heritage by creating and using new technologies.