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2014 EVA/Minerva Jerusalem International Conference on Digitisation of Cultural Heritage

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  1. 1. Welcome to EVA/Minerva 2014, Jerusalem During our first decade of EVA/Minerva Jerusalem conferences we marked many milestones, but perhaps one of the more impressive milestones is the 2014 launch of Israel Museums National Portal. This year, the conference is proud to recognize this accomplishment, and celebrates their success with the Ministry of Culture team, supported by Moreshet Project at the Prime Minister's Office and looks forward to watching this impressive national project grow from strength to strength. We will have an opportunity to learn more about this with Reuven Pinsky, Head of Culture Governance Moreshet Project at the Prime Minister's Office and more on the main features of the Museum National Portal with Ram Shimoni and Ben Kalifi in our morning plenary, chaired by Max Kaiser, RTD Director, National Austrian Library. For the sixth year running we are delighted to be able to hold our conference at the Van Leer, Jerusalem Institute and would like to thank Prof. Gabriel Motzkin, Director of the Institute for hosting us here yet again. We would also like to thank Shulamit Laron, Director of Public Events, and Limor Sagi whose personal support and assistance by all their professional staff have made this conference so successful, again this year. For many years running year we are delighted to be able to hosted a special museum track; supported by, the Ministry of Culture Directorate for Culture, Department for Museums and Visual Arts and the Public Libraries. We would like to thank Maria Yariv, Director, Department of Museums and Visual Arts and Shlomit Nemlich, and Ram Shimoni who have been instrumental again this year in making the museum track so engaging. We would also like to thank Dorit Wolenitz, ICOM Israel, Chair and Aliza Polger Galili for their behind-­‐the-­‐ scenes support to make this conference available to the Museum community. We would also like to thank Dr. Yaacov Deutsch, World Congress of Jewish Studies (WUJS) and World Union of Jewish Studies for his support of our program and their academic contributions to the Digital Humanities track. We have been following the blossoming of the digital humanities activities in our community over recent years, and are wondering when this sector will becomes so ubiquities that we can simply drop the term ‘digital’ in the understanding that these two terms – digital, and humanities are inseparable and that the notion of digital becomes redundant; subsumed in the latter term. We would also like to recognize the contribution of our partner ExLibris and their contribution to the conference this year. Although not new members of our sector by any means, ExLibris is now becoming even more visible in the digital heritage community, as well as taking on a more prominent role in digital humanities activities. We look forward to hearing from Nicolas Crofts, Chair, ICOM CIDOC, our Keynote speaker this year who will present ‘Practitioners and experts: the role of CIDOC in establishing effective communication’. He will discuss the way in which technical experts working with innovative technologies often fail to communicate effectively with professional practitioners working in heritage institutions (museums, libraries, archives) and will explain what is CIDOC doing to help bridge the gap. These kinds of insights will be useful not only to the museum community but also to the broader digital heritage community and those of use working in libraries and archives. i
  2. 2. This years’ conference is proud to be able to introduce many old friends as well as new ones with the many leading Europeana projects who are joining us here this year: Europeana Eagle, Fashion, Judaica, AthenatPlus and look forward to hearing about Europeana Creative from Max Kaiser and to Pavel Katz, Chief Technology Officer Europeana who will introduce us to the Europeana Cloud. The Europeana workshops will be showcasing not only best practice in their specific fields but many useful lessons from their practice in their open workshops. Dr. Pietro Maria Luizzo from EAGLE, The Europeana network of Ancient Greek and Latin Epigraphy is a best-­‐practice network providing a single user-­‐friendly portal to the inscriptions of the Ancient World, a massive resource for both the curious and for the scholarly. He will be presenting The EAGLE BPN: Aggregating and Linking Structured Data, A Presentation of the Europeana Best Practice Network for Ancient Greek and Latin Epigraphy, its tasks, tools and objectives. In addition we will be introduced to EAGLE’s Mediawiki where participants are invited to take part in the workshop and enter Hebrew translations of inscriptions in the EAGLE Mediawiki. Dr. Maria Luizzo assures us that this is a very easy and self-­‐explanatory process and usually people find it rewarding as they can see immediately the result of their contribution. Maria Teresa Natale will run a dedicated Digital Storytelling workshop focusing in the latest release of the MOVIO suite of tools developed in the Athena Plus Network. Marco Rendino will present Europeana Fashion Network including the leading European institutions and collections in the fashion domain and will showcase the outstanding and rich material of the history of European fashion. We are delighted to introduce a new approach to Enhancement in Preservation of Tangible Heritage with Anna Lobovikov-­‐Katz, Head, ELAICH Project, EuroMed Heritage 4 Programme, Head, Technion research team, EU-­‐CHIC Project, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion -­‐ Israel Institute of Technology. Her panelists will be bringing new approaches and their best practice in this innovative session. The Judaica Europeana panel, chaired by Prof. Martin Golumbic, Director, Caesarea Rothschild Institute for Interdisciplinary Applications of Computer Science (CRI), University of Haifa introduces a varied program on working with libraries, archives and museums to provide integrated access to the world’s most important collections that document the Jewish presence in Europe. This includes sessions including Gesher L'Europa – a bridge to Europe, with Caron Sethill, Programme Coordinator – Europe, Towards a crowd sourcing conceptualization of preserving Jewish Heritage, with Jack Gottlieb, Founder, World Jewish Heritage, DM2E and the Jewish Studies knowledge grid in the Linked Open Data Cloud: the latest Judaica Europeana developments, with Dov Winer, Judaica Europeana Scientific Manager. Organised by the World Union of Jewish Studies, Best Practice in Digital Humanities sessions bring a rich variety of presentations to discuss scholarly approaches to digitized contents, services, and new technologies. Chaired by Dr. Yaacov Deutsch, World Congress of Jewish Studies (WUJS), World Union of Jewish Studies session include: Kabbalah Research: Toward New Digital Perspectives with Yoed Kadari, Ben Gurion University; Creating a Corpus of Early Christian Law: The Hidden -­‐ Law Database, Dr. Yifat Monnickendam, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Digital tools for Improving the Editions of Cryptic Scrolls from Qumran with Dr. Jonathan Ben-­‐Dov, University of Haifa. Dr. Nahum Dershowitz, Tel Aviv University will lead the following discussion. Directly following on we will hear about Open Hebrew for the Digital Humanities and "How to open a digital text" without the subtitle with Sinai Rusinek, Polonsky Academy & DHIsrael; The Sefaria Project: An Online and Open-­‐Source Library for the Jewish Canon with Lev Israel & Ephraim Damboritz, Sefaria; How can Open Data contribute to digital heritage? “Open Press” as a case study With Noam Castel & Ido Ivri , from the Public Knowledge Workshop. Supporting these kinds of digital humanities projects we will learn from Kristin Dill from the Austrian National Library in the PUNDIT hands-­‐on Workshop. This is an ideal opportunity to experiment with the DM2E scholarly environment and hear about the building the tools and communities that enable humanities researchers to work with manuscripts in the Linked Open ii
  3. 3. Web. The two tools at the heart of the DM2E scholarly environment are Pundit and Ask. Pundit is a semantic annotation tool that enables researchers to create annotations in Linked Open Data. Don’t miss the Judaica Harvard International session organized by Violet Radnofsky, the Littauer Hebraica Technical and Research Services Librarian of the Judaica Division at the Harvard Library, University Cambridge MA USA. The various projects presented include: The Israeli Cartoon Museum, Holon with Galit Gaon Chief Curator and Hila Zahavi Collections Curator; and Yoram Shamir, Independent Curator from Tel Aviv Dantec Ltd. Jerusalem Rounding out the day is the session on Digital Libraries: Linked Open Data (LOD). What comes next? With Ora Zehavi, The Younes and Soraya Nazarian Library at the University of Haifa setting the tone with her opening remarks on the Transformation of Digital Library in Libraries. This will be followed by a presentation on Israeli bibliographic data and the international scene with Prof. Elhanan Adler, National Library of Israel and David Yellin College and a final paper on Discovery Tools in Academic Libraries: why, what and how? With Edith Falk, Chief Librarian, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Hebrew University Libraries Authority. The combined strengths of EVA/MINERVA Jerusalem aims to bring best practice in advanced technologies to its dedicated community of cultural content holders, managers and publishers in Israel and Europe in order to augment the preservation, access and the re-­‐use of Cultural Heritage through advanced education and training in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). The conference also endeavours to stimulate cultural diversity in Europe; and to increase the technological, educational, cultural, economic relations between the European Union and Israel. EVA/MINERVA 2014 yet again welcomes participants to Jerusalem for what we hope will be another exciting and informative event, and the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends and colleagues in the EVA/Minerva tradition. ________________________________________________________________________ The Jerusalem Conference on Digitization on Science and Cultural Heritage was first convened in 2004 and forged the Jerusalem Declaration. From this first step the Jerusalem Declaration was later presented to the Knesset Internet Committee, a benchmark moment that continues to direct, and inform our activities. Jerusalem, October 12, 2004­‐ We look forward to hosting everyone again next year in Jerusalem. Dr. Susan Hazan and Dov Winer Co-­‐chairs; EVA/MINERVA Jerusalem 2012 Millie Hazan Conference Producer iii