041018 It Committee Bog Onlyejewish

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Update on the eJewish.info Initiative of the Jewish Agency for Developing Jewish Networking Infrastructures. Presentation to the Information Technology Committee, Board of Governors, The Jewish Agency for Israel, October 2004

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041018 It Committee Bog Onlyejewish

  1. 1. Presentation to theInformation Technology Committee The Jewish Agency for Israel Board of Governors October 2004 1
  2. 2. Table of ContentsERP- Update on StatusJAFI’s New Website - Update on StatusUpdate on the eJewish.info Initiative forJewish NetworkingLalan’s Activities - Update 2
  3. 3. Update on the eJewish.info Initiative of the Jewish Agency for Developing Jewish Networking Infrastructures 3
  4. 4. Purpose Create a shared Jewish space that will provide clear advantages, by its size, ease of use and speed of access, for providers of services and goods of Jewish interest. • When the target population is small, market fragmentation is an obstacle to the offer of high quality services/content • A lot of good Jewish content is available in the Deep Web: Music, Audio, Video, Film, Photographs, Archives etc • The challenge of the New Internet: Semantics4 4
  5. 5. Main lines of action – Registry of Jewish Web Resources and Partner Registries – Digital Repositories and the European Digitization Policy Development Minerva Project – Awareness and dissemination5 5
  6. 6. Semantic Web Seminar • May 2004 • Experts on AI and Semantic Web from the US, Israel and Europe • Prof. James Hendler –Director, Semantic Web and Agent Technologies, University of Maryland • Published OWL (Web Ontology Language) • Scientific advisor of the eJewish initiative • Pilots to begin7 7
  7. 7. Jerusalem Conference • Lead by the Jewish Agency for Israel • All Statutory Institutions in the area of Cultural Heritage are partners • Working Groups of Experts organized and presented their work: Interoperability, Quality, Common Access, Good Practice. • European Commission Projects in the area of ICT and Culture lead workshops • Jerusalem Declaration – outlines the professional and political framework8 8
  8. 8. Emerging Initiatives • Concerted Policy for Jewish Heritage Digitization • National Foundation for Jewish Culture and European Association for Jewish Culture • EPOCH – Development of EC Supported Jewish Heritage Digitization Program + Course Development with the Department of Education • Tentative agreement with Harvard: (1) Crawling Jewish Sites (2) Photographs Archive (3) Metadata/RDF9 9

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