Databases and online documents
PASSING ON INVENTORIES AND KNOW-HOW
The Intesa Sanpaolo Historical Archives is the centre of collection, selection, reorganisation and inventory, study and consultation of the documents produced by an institution in the course of its business. With the computerisation of the entire work cycle, the knowledge that grows around and within the Historical Archives is concentrated, transferred, and shared in the information system, to the benefit also of those who will continue this valuable work in the future.
THE XDAMS SOFTWARE
The Historical Archives of the Intesa Sanpaolo Group use xDams software for the creation, storage, and consultation of the holdings. This is a technological Open Source solution for cultural items.
It consists of an XML document management platform developed entirely on the web, designed for the processing of historical multimedia archives, online use of digital resources, online publication and communication of the documentary heritage and knowledge developed. Based on national and international standards concerning archival description, it enables the Historical Archives not only to administer its current activities, but also to keep in touch and in line with other international archives and holdings of historical documents.
ARCHITECTURE OF THE INTEGRATED IT SYSTEM
The “tank” concerning information must take into account not only the varied nature of the assets conserved, but also the different types of materials and media stored in the Historical Archives. If the data are organised upstream in a simple but structured manner, as indicated in the graphic representation of the system architecture, a full integration of the files is assured. The system will provide far richer responses and will in this way enable new associations of ideas.
Among the information resources of greatest value, two sources have been chosen for full digitisation. The following may be read online:
- Miscellaneous papers by Raffaele Mattioli, concerning saving the Banca Commerciale Italiana in the early 1930s and later speeches and work documents by Mattioli, with special emphasis on the relationship with the majority shareholder, the Istituto per la Ricostruzione Industriale (IRI).