In May 2012, the research group of the Dipartimento di Scienze Storiche del Mondo Antico, directed by prof. Alessandra Avanzini, began the two-years project MEDINA - Mediterranean network for the valorization and fruition of inscriptions preserved in museums project.
This project was selected to be funded by the European Union in 2008 within the ENPI CBCMED programme - Cross-Border Cooperation in the Mediterranean Sea Basin.
This programme promotes the sustainable and harmonious cooperation process at the Mediterranean Basin level by dealing with the common challenges and enhancing its endogenous potential.
The main objective of MEDINA is to promote, through innovative means, the knowledge and dissemination of Phoenician and Nabataean inscriptions and artefacts preserved in the Beirut National Museum and in the Museum of Jordanian Heritage at Yarmouk University.
In addition to managing the project's activities and progress, the University of Pisa équipe, within this project, will supervise the digital cataloguing of the inscriptions in Jordan and Lebanon, and will catalogue the South Arabian texts preserved in the Museo d'Arte Orientale of Rome. The objects catalogued in this collection will be able to be consulted in a specific section of the DASI web site.
During the first year of the project, the Pisa équipe has also the important task to train and teach students how to perform digital cataloguing.As MEDINA project aims to improve the communication means of the involved museums, new strategies will be studied by the University of Pisa, in collaboration with the Yarmouk University and architects expert in museology. A new space will be thought and realized where the neglected and silent artistic finds can be highlighted and revalued as main instruments of knowledge.
MEDINA brochure Newsletter No 1 - October 2012 Newsletter No 2 - February 2013