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Eternal Egypt


Once you've dug up and compiled over 5,000 years of history, how do you create a one-of-a-kind multi-modal experience to showcase it? That was the challenge presented to IBM by the Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage (CultNat) and the Egyptian Government. Three years later, Eternal Egypt was born. Users can access this seamless experience at home via Web site, in the Cairo museum via Digital Guide, or out and about Egypt via cell phone. In partnership with CultNat, IBM was able to create a globally accessible museum that ensures Egypt's unearthed treasures never get buried again.

How they became an on demand business

The Centers for IBM e-business Innovation designed the end-to-end solution, providing user experience consulting, architectural design, brand development, software customization, usability testing, and translation. In addition, e-business Hosting™Services serves the Web site worldwide, and IBM SurfaidTM Analytics measures the traffic in real-time.

The heart of the Eternal Egypt project, CMS (Content Management System) is a Web-based application built atop IBM WebSphere® Application Server and DB2© running on Linux®.

IBM Research's Pro/3000 Digital Imaging System provided high-resolution, invisibly watermarked color images, which can be used to scan transparencies, reflective art, or three-dimensional objects.

The Eternal Egypt Web site is served to its World Wide Web audience from a "farm" of IBM xSeries™ servers located at the IBM Global Services, IBM Service Delivery Center, Southbury, Connecticut. This infrastructure runs on a Linux platform and has been designed to provide a secure, scalable, and flexible environment.

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