Italgas, Italy's main gas provider founded in 1837, has partnered with ARCHiVe in July 2020 for a project to record and share online its historical archive: a multi-layered and complex collection of documents, pictures, historical papers and essays, scientific journals and texts. A custom Replica 360 Recto/Verso, a recording system developed by Factum Arte and Foundation, was installed in a dedicated space within the Italgas headquarters in Turin in October 2021.
The Replica 360 Recto/Verso Scanner was originally designed for the rapid digitisation of the vast photo-archive belonging to the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, and has been successfully in use since its installation in Venice in 2018. It is designed as a rotary table that moves continuously during a digitisation session run by two operators, simultaneously photographing both sides of single-page documents and automatically downloading the images onto a computer.
After a training session carried out by the Factum team, the Replica is planned to start the digitisation program once the Italgas Museum and Historical Archive reopens as Heritage Lab in Fall 2021.
A team from Heritage Lab during the training sessions © Factum Foundation