Archives of Latvian Folklore (ALF) was founded in 1924, it is the oldest and largest centre of folklore collection, material storage, publication and research in Latvia, keeping one of the most voluminous folklore collections in Europe totalling at ca. 3 million folklore items.
ALF is a research institution, the employees of which are highly qualified folklore scholars. The institution is engaged in collection and study of folklore, it prepares scholarly publications, as well as publicly accessible collections of information and materials.
The ALF holds manuscripts, audio and video recordings and images (both drawings and photographic), portraying both the folklore informants and the folklore collection history in Latvia, along with the sights of various places in Latvia now lost. These materials document the way of life, world perception, history and language over the course of several centuries. Among the manuscripts preserved by ALF there is one that stands out: it is the Dainu skapis — “The Cabinet of Folksongs” — a catalogue of the folksong text manuscripts sent to Krišjānis Barons (1835-1923) — the editor of the first large publication of such texts — "Latvju dainas" (1894–1915). The cabinet contains the original manuscripts in Barons' arrangement and curiously enough even the furniture item is to an extent created by Barons, who draw the design of it. As this item has become the symbolical cornerstone of the Latvian culture, in 2001 Dainu skapis was inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.
More information is available from the website of ALF here: lfk.lv.
Ainars Brūvelis — an entrepreneur, engineer, graduated from the Faculty of Physics and Mathematics of the University of Latvia; after graduation studied law at the Faculty of Law of the same university, also studied management of national level information system projects at the University of California, Irvine, Graduate School of Management
Mr. Brūvelis has 20 years of experience in business management, development of large – national and international level — processing systems of legal and economy information.
Within a work group participated in the development and funding of the virtual Dainu skapis (www.dainuskapis.lv) — a web version of the aforementioned manuscript collection. As part of his leisure activities Mr. Brūvelis together with other like-minded people develops and funds the virtual encyclopaedias nekropole.info, latvijaslaudis.lv, etc.
Mr. Brūvelis was awarded the award and medal of the Latvian Academy of Sciences and company “Dati” for development of information systems of national significance (2002), the annual Culture award of the Ministry of Culture and the agency "Jaunie 3 brāļi" (as a member of an work group) (2005), a state award — the Mark of Honour of the Register of Companies (2012).
More information here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ainarsbruvelis
SEED IT is a comparatively new IT company, but it has been established by experienced IT specialists. The company is developing several projects, of which the best known by the general public is www.nekropole.info.