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Implementation of Information Technologies at the Nikola Tesla Museum and its Implications Vladimir Jelenković Director of the Nikola Tesla Museum Belgrade • Serbia CIMUSET 2009 Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts Belgrade • 9 September 2009 Nikola Tesla and his Museum The Nikola Tesla Museum is a unique scientific and cultural institution in the world. It is dedicated entirely to the ingenious inventor, scientist and electro and mechanical engineer Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) who provided mankind with a large number of significant discoveries and inventions. Man Ahead of His Time Tesla was so far ahead of his time that many of his ideas are only appearing today. His legacy can be seen in everything from the invention of the induction motor, long-distance electrical power distribution, Tesla coil and high-frequency electricity that led to the creation of neon and fluorescent lighting, basics of radio technology, remote control, wireless communication, lasers, the facsimile machine and hundreds of other devices that are now an essential part of our everyday lives. His inventions through the ingenuity of their solutions, universality of application, and breakthroughs in many fields of technology and science, have changed the world around us. Man Ahead of His Time Tesla is most famous for conceiving the rotating magnetic field principle (1882) and then using it to invent the induction motor together with the accompanying alternating current long-distance electrical transmission system (1888). His patents and theoretical work still form the basis for modern alternating current electric power (AC) systems including the polyphase power distribution system. Nikola Tesla Museum Nikola Tesla Museum is the only museum in the world which preserves the original and personal inheritance of Nikola Tesla. It possesses several exceptionally valuable collections with more than: 150 000 original papers 2000 books and journals 1200 historical technical exhibits 1300 original photographs and photo plates of technical objects, instruments and apparatus 1000 plans and drawings. Nikola Tesla Museum in Belgrade As the institution which preserves the most abundant in the world collection of documents on life and work of Nikola Tesla, the Museum plays a significant role in providing valuable information to the researchers in many different scientific fields. Nikola Tesla Museum The Nikola Tesla Museum, as the medium, guardian, and promoter of Nikola Tesla’s legacy, also increasingly becoming a unique spot to exchange results of new research studies in the fields of electrical and mechanical engineering, history of science, radio, invention and patent documentation, affirming and promoting Tesla’s work, and providing new evidence of his universal significance. UNESCO‘s Recognition Appreciating the universal importance of Nikola Tesla and his achievements, in 2003 UNESCO included Tesla's archive into the "Memory of the World Register", as a segment of movable documentary heritage of mankind. Implementation of Information Technologies at the Nikola Tesla Museum To be a part of UNESCO the "Memory of the World Register“ means a confirmation of the universal value of Tesla’s work. For the Nikola Tesla Museum it means a very high recognition, but, before all, a great obligation – to protect and to provide access to the materials for the people who can use it. Therefore, the Nikola Tesla Museum developed a long-term project, which has been successfully implemented over the last three years, using an efficient strategy – providing access to the documentation materials from Nikola Tesla’s personal legacy in digital form. The true value of this complex project, which includes preparation and processing of archive materials, lies in the concept of data processing applied to the documentation material, and in strong IT support through relational databases. Digitalization Press Clippings Press Clippings Inventory Data Bases & Applications Data Bases & Applications The Implementation of Information Technologies The Implications Many projects of the Museum realized over the last three years in the field of publishing and exhibition are the valuable results of the implementation of information technologies at the Nikola Tesla Museum, and could not have been realized on such a scale, and in such quality, without the precisely defined computerized support. The Implementation of Information Technologies The Implications 8 new thematical exhibitions and more then 60 exhibition displays throughout the world in the last 3 years 6 new editions and 30 new publications about Nikola Tesla, his life, inventions, patents, correspodence, research notes... Numerous new possibilities for scientific research and for activities in the field of marketing, PR, and promotion Exhibition “Tesla’s Wonderful World of Electricity” Dedicated to the 150th Anniversary of Nikola Tesla’s Birth and to Tesla’s great achievements in many different fields of modern science and technology Exhibitions in: • Belgrade • Perth • Strasbourg • • Wien • Vancouver • Hannover • Paris • Mulhouse • Sofia • Thessaloniki • World Premier in Belgrade on 9th July 2006 Roll-up Panels and Exhibits Maquets and Active Models Laboratory in Adams’ Hydro Plant Tesla’s Colorado Springs at Niagara Falls Transformer Travelling Exhibition Travelling Exhibition Museum of Western Power “World of Energy” Perth • Western Australia September – October 2006 Museum of Western Power “World of Energy” Perth • Western Australia Museum of Western Power “World of Energy” Perth • Western Australia Techical University Wien • Austria October 2006 “BC HYDRO” Vancouver • Canada November 2006 “BC HYDRO” Vancouver • Canada Mayor’s of the City of Vancouver Proclamation Vancouver is a city of many people, festivals, events, cross- cultural understanding and respect for the contributions that engineers give to our everyday life; Many engineers provide services to improve our lives, and there are those who pioneered in electrical and mechanical engineering without whom this world would look differently today; Tesla, electrical/mechanical engineer, scientist and inventor gave to this world 250 patents that helped development in electrical power engineering, communication, controls and circuits; This engineer was born 150 years ago in Europe and imigrated to America, where he devoted his life to many inventions and has contributed more to electrical science than any man up to his time; This Travelling Exhibit from Nikola Tesla Museum in Belgrade: “Tesla’s Wonderful World of Electricity” celebrates in Vancouver the life and inventions of this world-renowned engineer, scientist and pioneer in the field of electrical/mechanical engineering. I, Samuel Sallivan, Mayor of the City of Vancouver, DO HEREBY PROCLAIM the weeks of November 15th to November 30th, 2006 as TESLA’S WONDERFUL WORLD OF ELECTRICITY WEEKS Cultural Center of Serbia Paris • France January – March 2007 Cultural Center of Serbia Paris • France Hannover Messe • Germany April 2007 Hannover Messe • Germany April 2007 Musée EDF Electropolis Mulhouse • France April – September 2007 Musée EDF Electropolis Mulhouse • France Nikola Tesla Museum Exhibitions in 2006 - 2009 From 2006 to 2009 Nikola Tesla Museum organized and set up over 60 exhibitions including Tesla’s Wonderful World of Electricity and 7 other thematical exhibitions These exhibitions have visited more then 200,000 visitors all around the world Exhibition Catalog “Tesla’s Wonderful World of Electricity” Exhibition “Diplomas of Nikola Tesla” Exhibition “Books from Tesla’s Personal Library” Exhibition “Periodicals from Tesla’s Personal Library” Exhibition “Hand-Written by Nikola Tesla – Font Tesla” Exhibition “Tesla in Belgrade” Exhibition “Tesla’s Fountain” First Tesla’s Fountain Opened in Belgrade • 12th July 2007 Tesla’s Fountain is located in front of the Nikola Tesla Museum Exhibition “Tesla’s Fountain” Exhibition “Tesla’s Fountain” New Editions of the Nikola Tesla Museum Monograph “Nikola Tesla Museum 1952 - 2003" “The Patents of Nikola Tesla Towards the Definite Catalog” “The Problem of Increasing Human Energy” “Tesla’s Wonderful World of Electricity” “My Inventions” with the Correspondence between Nikola Tesla and Hugo Gernsback Special Editions Bibliophile Edition The Newest Edition “From Colorado Springs to Long Island” Nikola Tesla’s Research Notes from Colorado Springs (1899-1900) and New York (1900-1901) Who was Nikola Tesla? Numerous scientists, writers, poets, and filmmakers have been trying to find the right words for this remarkable person: Man Out of Time The Man Who Lit the World Prodigious Genius Inventor of Dreams The Man Who Invented the Twentieth Century ... This noble and modest man was an exceptional genius, whose inventions bridged three centuries and two millennia. He is one of the genuine, authentic Renaissance minds, which, regardless of all the new ideas and future scientific achievements of humanity, will always be remembered as those who changed the face of the world with their humanistic visions and universal achievements. Interest in Nikola Tesla is constantly growing On the millennium scale of human civilization, it is almost impossible to find any other person whose life and work have attracted such a large spectrum of attention of a wide range of researchers: historians of science electrical, mechanical and information technology engineers experts in the fields of telecommunication, aviation, military science, medicine philosophers, psychologists, ecologists, theologists... New Recognitions to Tesla Tesla Roadster Car of the Future The Tesla Roadster is an all-electric sports car produced by the electric car firm Tesla Motors. The Roadster can travel more then 400 km on a single charge of its lithium-ion battery pack, and can accelerate from 0–100 km/h in 3,9 seconds. An improved, Sport version of the Roadster capable of 0–100 km/h in 3,7 seconds! The Tesla personal supercomputer The Tesla personal supercomputer NVIDIA Tesla personal supercomputer is claimed to offer up to 250 times the performance of a standard PC or workstation by dramatically reducing computation times, in some cases from weeks to hours! Further pursuits towards fresh meanings of Tesla’s work It is certain that Tesla’s work will continue to be an unavoidable milestone in the new era of science and technology over the coming decades. Therefore, we are very pleased with any new research and every contribution to the promotion of Tesla’s great work. Whishing you a Great and Succesful CIMUSET Conference 2009! Thank you and Welcome to the Nikola Tesla Museum in Belgrade!
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