This is a survey of some projects in the field of digitization in Yugoslavia in the last decade. The following projects are presented:
PANDORA, an expert system for archeology. This project was the first one in the digitization area in Yugoslavia. An electronic base of types of Roman oil lamps was built, together with inference (deduction) rules for expertise.
The second project was Computer archiving and multimedia presentation of cultural values and national heritage. It was basic and the most comprehensive project in Yugoslavia in this area until now. The project consisted of two parts. The first part was dealing with infrastructure, standards and methodology of design and the architecture of this type of data. Our investigation was based on SGML Standard Generalized Markup Language) which is now the standard in this area (ISO 8879:1986) and it's derivative HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) which is today the main tool for making Internet presentations. In the second part of the project bases frames were designed and some computer archive-bases were built, together with mathematical and program implementation.
The third project was dealing with building of archive base of the leading Serbian mathematical journal (founded in 1932) Publications de l'Institute Mathematique. This base now is a part of EMIS (European Mathematical Information Service, www.emis.de) archive base of international journals in mathematics. The archive-base contains 45 volumes of the journal in the electronic form.
The aim of the forth project was the preparation of electronic and phototypic edition of collected works of the prominent Serbian mathematician Bogdan Gavrilović. Two his books are presented on CD and about 50 articles, all together nearly 2000 printed pages.
The result of the fifth project was the edition of multimedia presentation of two collections of the City Museum of Belgrade. The first one is the most valuable collections of old engravings in Serbia, so called Vajfert's collection. About 200 engravings and old maps were selected for this presentation. Among authors of engravings are Resch, Ortelius, Mercator, Bodenehr, Jacob Alt, etc. Engraving encompass a period between XVI and XIX century. The second collection consists of photographs of I.V. Groman, Russian military photographer. Photographs cover many places and events in Serbia of late XIX century. This CD was noted for very good quality (resolution) of electronic images and accompanying texts.
The content of the sixth project is the multimedia presentation of Historical Archive of town Kotor. This presentation was the only multimedia one presented in Yugoslav pavilion on the World exhibition EXPO '98 in Lisbon, 1998.
The seventh project was related to the celebration of 125 years since funding of the Faculty of mathematics. A CD was published for this occasion. Besides a lot of appropriate material, CD contains some works of older Serbian mathematicians for example PhD thesis and some books published in XIX century.
The eight project concerns continuation of the project announced in the previous one: publishing in electronic form some elderly works of Serbian scientists in mathematical sciences (mathematics, mechanics and astronomy).
Finally, some recent activities and other related projects are described. This include the project on standards of digitalization which started recently, then the electronic journal Visual Mathematics, and short description of two internet sites: www.matf.bg.ac.yu (Faculty of Mathematics, Univ. of Belgrade) and www.mi.sanu.ac.yu (Institute of Mathematics of the Serbian Academy of Science and Art). Also, aims of the most important activity taking place in this moment are presented: efforts devoted to the funding of NCD – National Center of Digitization.