The project entails the largest digital archive of Greek oral histories


Greece’s digital archive of oral history is live by ATCOM. The website is a project for the non-profit company Istorima, established to create an extensive digital archive of Greek oral histories and to offer temporary employment to the country’s youth. It is realised with a founding grant by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, as part of its “Recharging the Youth” initiative, and is supported by ATCOM, who was in charge of the site’s design, technological implementation and hosting.

ATCOM, within its Corporate Social Responsibility policy, actively supported Istorima’s initiative, adopting a strategy based on innovation and creativity, in order to fulfil the vision of its initiators, Sofia Papaioannou and Cathering Fleming. brings oral stories from all around Greece at the end of visitors’ fingertips, in a modern and user-friendly environment that combines the elements of sound, photography and video. Through a clear and straightforward navigation, users are always one click away from the next story, enjoying at all times a memorable experience. Over the next four years, it is expected to host 50,000 stories, with the contribution of 1,500 field reporters in every prefecture of Greece.

Focusing on usability and accessibility, the website’s mobile-first design was achieved within the concept of progressive advancement. At the same time, it boasts the advanced infrastructure provided by ATCOM’s award-winning CMS platform Nevolution, which ensures the optimal presentation of the site’s rich content, as well as its reliable performance across devices.

Mrs Sofia Papaioannou stated: “Istorima is a great project unlike any other, in terms of the scale of Field Reporters’ participation. We would like the website to become the place where we listen to and share people’s stories, moments and experiences. By listening to stories, we all become wiser”.

“A country’s intangible cultural heritage is precious. accomplishes the important mission of the recording, preservation and promotion of Greece’s oral history, and we are particularly happy that, through our collaboration, we contributed in this mission as well. We continue to support the initiative of Istorima, Mrs Sofia Papaioannou and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation”, stated ATCOM’s Chief Commercial Officer Mr. Jason Kataropoulos.

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