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The Athens Ancient Agora Travels on the Net

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA) Users of the Internet and specifically Google Earth have the chance to view a 3D representation the ancient Athens Agora, from anywhere in the world at 3d.athens-agora.gr Through Google Earth, the visitor may ‘wander around’ the footpaths and between the buildings of the Agora as it was during the ancient, Roman and Hellenistic periods.   The programme – designed and developed by the Foundation of the Hellenic World (FHW) – won first prize at the international Collada Contest.

It was an offspring of the project “Virtual Reality Digital Collection ‘Ancient Agora of Athens,” which aimed at the development and documentation of an original digital collection on the Ancient Agora of Athens that would be used for the development of creative educational scenarios in virtual reality environments.  Archaeologists, architects and researchers collaborated with 3D graphics designers, Virtual Reality programmers, scriptwriters, musicians, Internet graphic designers and programmers and scientists in order to complete this important work of digitization of immaterial culture of the past.

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Athens 2009: Something Old, Something New

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA) NBC’s Rick Steve reports on Athens’ dramatic change. “The city of about 4 million has made a concerted effort to curb pollution, clean up and pedestrianise the streets, spiff up the museums, build a new airport, and invest in one of Europe’s better public-transit systems.  Athens still has its “big three” sights: the Acropolis, the Ancient Agora and the remarkable National Archaeological Museum. In June the fourth big sight of the city is opening – the New Acropolis Museum. It is a world-class space, custom-built to showcase the Parthenon sculptures, a state-of-the-art building worth a look itself. City of Athens: www.cityofathens.gr/en; Breathtaking Athens: www.breathtakingathens.com

Greek E-conomic Diplomacy

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)     In an effort to meet the challenges of the digital era, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs  presented yesterday January 13, its two internet portals for both the business community and civil society. Addressing the event, the Minister stressed that promoting economic diplomacy and capitalizing on international funds constitutes a fundamental policy on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, especially at a time when the dire economic situation calls for intensification of the assistance provided to the Greek business community. Accommodating the needs of the Greek business community to access information concerning potential business opportunities with partners abroad, the Ministry inaugurated the “Agora” internet portal, (www.agora.mfa.gr) providing information such as business directories, information on public tenders and procurements, as well as information on business missions and fairs. Moreover, 500 market researches and studies can be accessed through the website in addition to a full business guide to foreign bureaucracy and investment incentives law. Together with the enhancement of economic diplomacy, the Ministry set clear-cut goals to promote international development cooperation. The launch of the international funding portal (www.aidfunding.mfa.gr) aims at increasing NGO’s and Greek businesses’ share in funding by international financial institutions such as the World Bank, Europeaid and the UN network. Browsing through the interactive pages of the portal, one can gain access to integrated support services such as a database for tenders, on-line applications, information on training seminars and practical guides to transacting with international institutions.