IT Europe has nominated the finalists for the European IT Software Excellence Awards 2016 competition | SIVECO Romania

IT Europe has nominated the finalists for the European IT & Software Excellence Awards 2016 competition

Friday, March 11, 2016

The project „Diplomatic Archive - Digital Library”, developed by the consortium formed of the companies SIVECO, QBS and SMART CONTROL for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Romania, has entered the race for the competition’s grand award

The main pan- European competition dedicated to providers of software solutions and system integrators, European IT & Software Excellence Awards 2016 (www.iteawards.com) has recently nominated the finalists.

The project „Diplomatic Archive – Digital Library”, developed by the consortium formed of the companies SIVECO, QBS and SMART CONTROL for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Romania (MoFA), is finalist for both categories it was competing in,  “Solution of the year for the public sector and utilities” and “ Solution of the year in the field of information storing and management”, respectively.

Funded and implemented within the Operational Program for the Administrative Capacity Development (PODCA), this project aimed at translating the entire archive of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs into electronic format, thus building a virtual, online accessible library.

The Diplomatic Archive is one of the most accessed institutions in terms of research purposes, including documents of extremely historical and documentary value.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs owns an impressive collection of documents created by the central public administration, by the diplomatic missions and the consular offices of Romania abroad (the equivalent of over 8,000 linear meters).

As a matter of fact, the Diplomatic Archive is one of the oldest ministry departments, as its organizing and operating is defined ever since its inception, in 1862.

Despite its huge scale, the project has been implemented over 16 months, and was successfully completed in September 2015.

The services of software development, design, testing and configuring provided by the consortium of SIVECO, QBS and SMART CONTROL aimed at the portal and application’s development, by which the public may access documents within the archive, digitization, organizing and archiving, where relevant documents are presented in the format proper to a virtual  library.

The portal developed within the project provides researchers in Romania and abroad with a “virtual study room”. By sending online a request to the Diplomatic Archive Unit  of MoFA, where they mention the subject and estimated time for studying, researchers can access documents or other materials of historical and documentary value from the archive, and can receive digital photocopies of the requested documents. 

“We are honored when our projects’ results are recognized in important competitions, such as European Software Excellence Awards. These international recognitions prove the quality of our work and of  SIVECO specialists involved in the projects’ development and implementation. It is one additional acknowledgement that we do something that matters to our beneficiaries”, declares Florin Ilia, President and CEO of SIVECO Romania.

The winners of the European IT & Software Excellence Awards 2016 competition will be announced at the awarding ceremony, to be held on April 14, in London.

John Garratt, editorial  manager of IT Europe and president of the competition’s jury, states: “This year, at the 8th edition of European IT & Software Excellence Awards, we have received more applications than ever, 400 from 31 countries, with more diverse typologies than ever – from mobility, security and management, to Software-as-a-Service packages for the main market verticals, from Big Data systems to extremely efficient applications in Cloud. We are impressed by the showdown, as well as expertise accumulated in the European IT, which all these projects have proved.”

About European Software Excellence Awards

It is the only pan- European competition recognizing IT excellence and awarding software producers and distributors with the best performances in developing and delivering products and services.

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