Athena is a pioneer Website founded in 1994 by Pierre Perroud and hosted at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. There are two major pieces: Literature and Mineralogy.
Athena was a major project on the Web in the nineties. About five hundred classical French literature texts were edited, corrected and put on line. Particular attention has been taken regarding all copyrights: not only author's copyrights, but also those from editors, illustrators, translators and libraries which house the books. Colleagues from other Universities contributed to this project. The texts have been widely used and copied as they were first on the Internet. In 2000 the founder was awarded as Web pioneer with Nessim Habif World Prize of Geneva University.
A mineralogical database had been created in the eighties using Ashton-Tate dBase. It took many years to collect and type all mineral names, formulas, etc. In 1994 it was decided to offer this database to the Web community. Jean-François Rossignol created a powerful search program on mineral formulas. This search program is still running. The database has been widely used and copied as it was first on the Internet. In 1987 Pierre Perroud was awarded with a mineral name, perroudite, for his work in mineralogy.
Athena has been in existence in the same state since 1994. New texts have been added. Mineral databases are updated. By respect for visitors there are no changes in urls (error 404!). IT services of the Geneva University and colleagues from CERN Micro Club provided help for hardware solutions.
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Mathieu van Berchem, Internet ressuscite le rêve borgésien d'une bibliothèque qui contiendrait tout, Tribune de Genève, 6 November 1998.
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