Ida Aalberg, Albert Edelfelt, Karl Fazer – Akseli Gallen-Kallela’s phone book from the 1920s is full of familiar names. See who’s in it, and join in the making of Gallen-Kallela’s Virtual Phone Book on the Theme Day February 9th at Gallen-Kallela Museum!

Aalto University’s Media Lab in collaboration with Gallen-Kallela Museum are building an open access digital archive based on Gallen-Kallela’s contacts in his original phone book. The archive will hold information in the form of micro-histories, connected to Gallen-Kallela and his network of friends, colleagues and acquaintances. This includes photos, texts and quotes from the museum’s archives – as well as pictures, postcards, memories and stories that the visitors of the Theme Day are invited to bring in.

A unique part of this event will be the application of an Open Source autonomous scanning robot initially developed by Project Gado of John Hopkins University Baltimore, currently under development in the Media Lab Helsinki and the Department of Computer Science of Aalto University. 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. See more:

Akseli Gallen-Kallela & His Artist Friends Theme Day on February 9th at 11-17
in Gallen-Kallela Museum, Tarvaspää.

Gallen-Kallela Museum
Gallen-Kallelan tie 27, Espoo
Phone (09) 849 2340





Haloo Akseli a public domain Open Access digital archive was launched for Gallen-Kallela Museum on February 9 2014. The archive is based on national Finnish Artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela’s 1920s Phonebook. The Phonebook contains his artist friends such as Albert Edelfelt, Ida Aalberg and a network of colleagues from Maxim Gorky to Karl Fazer. Here his acquaintances and their works, their art as related to Gallen-Kallela himself are to be collected, and displayed. The archive is licensed under Creative Commons.…useum-feb-9-2014/



SECOND THEME DAY…eum-march-9-2014/

/////////// (20140508)The Final Community Theme Day took place at the Gallen-Kallela Museum in Tarvaspää, Espoo on the 26th of April. The day was also Finnish National Artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela’s 149th Birth Anniversary. The event was organized by the digGLAM Project from Media Lab Helsinki, the Department of Computer Science, Aalto & the representatives of the Gallen-Kallela Museum.  This special event was an occasion for Remixing the digital archive of the Museum: “” that was designed, constructed and developed between 2013 -14.

The Remixing of the Archive happened with children and young adult audience of the museum’s community. Children were especially invited on this day to come and display their skills of sketching and drawing. They were asked to choose one of the Personas (Historical Charcters) from the Haloo Akseli archive and draw/sketch their own interpretation. They were provided with A5 sized printed card sheets that served as their canvas. The children then used our digitizing Robot to scan their sketches. These scans were uploaded into the Haloo Akseli archive alongside the same historical character that they had chosen to interpret.


The day was extremely successful in gathering and engaging museum audience especially children and their sketches. This remixing of the museum archive happened over the day and the archive grew with content consisting of beautiful and funny sketches related to Akseli Gallen-Kallela.


IMG_9231IMG_9244Anders Zorn | Haloo Akseli



Publication: Infrastructuring Digitization of Ephemeral Cultural Heritage [2016, Samir Bhowmik, James Reilly, Lily Diaz & Agusti Pellicer]

Ephemeral heritage collections are valuable to preserve by digitization, but not always deemed valuable enough for investments in digital infrastructure. Archival digitization infrastructure that traditionally has been located in the back office of museums, archives and cultural institutions has not necessarily been aimed at digitizing small-sized printed ephemera. Digitization devices, components and operations have been tied up with proprietary hardware, software and a plethora of formats. Thus, digitization infrastructure is often seen as an expensive undertaking with investments in multiple software licenses, a perpetual upgrading of digital infrastructure and training of personnel. Especially, digitization of ephemera requires not only similar infrastructure in place as for traditional archival heritage but also corresponding human resources and budgets to maintain and propagate ephemeral collections over a long period of time. This study presents an alternative approach to infrastructuring digitization in cultural heritage museums directed towards ephemeral heritage. The infrastructure we present here was customized and built from open-source hardware and software and sustained by community participation to digitize ephemeral heritage.

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