Heritage Lab Italgas


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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 started the digitisation program in Heritage Lab at the end of 2021. 

A team from Heritage Lab during the training sessions © Factum Foundation

Collaborations include working with Fondazione Centro Documentazione Ebraica Contemporanea (CDEC) in Milan on recording archive documents and bank records of Jewish people during the anti-semitic persecutions of the Fascist era.



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