“Greetings from the Krka”, the latest mobile application of the National and University Library in Zagreb

Objavljeno 17.5.2019.

The National and University Library in Zagreb launched Greetings from the Krka, its latest mobile application, which it developed in collaboration with the Krka National Park and Blue Factory IT company, as part of the Krka Then and Now (Krka nekad i sad) project. Presented at the Library’s Ninth Festival of Croatian Digitisation Projects, this digital product brings together tourism and valuable natural and cultural heritage of the Croatian river Krka and its surrounding region, captured on the old postcards preserved in the collections of several Croatian heritage institutions. Greetings from the Krka, which is available in Croatian and English, may be downloaded free of charge through Google Play and App Store on all Android and iOS devices.

The application vividly presents the cultural and natural heritage of the Krka and its surrounding area by taking its users on a journey through ten selected locations, whose past and present merge by the intertwining of the old and contemporary images of the local sites, as captured on the old postcards and today’s photographs.

Apart from presenting the beautiful sites and history of the Krka region, the application enables users to send the old postcards to their family and friends and share them on social media. Featuring various enchanting motifs of the Krka, as captured in the 19th century, the postcards represent a valuable record of days gone by, a telling trace of the Krka’s long and rich history, at the same time evidencing a universal human need for communication, as well as for capturing and sharing memorable moments. The application is unique on the market, both owing to the fusion it offers of historical heritage and contemporary resources, but also due to the specific way in which it tells the story of the Krka – the librarian’s way.

The Krka Then and Now project, as part of which the mobile application was developed, was realised in cooperation with the Drniš City Museum, Zadar Research Library, Serbian Orthodox Church Diocese in Dalmatia and HEP Proizvodnja company.