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Sigal Arie-Erez, Director, Cataloguing Department, Archives Division, Yad Vashem
Reconnecting the Past: How to Link Archival Descriptions – the EHRI Portal Model
2016 EVA/Minerva Jerusalem International Conference on Digitisation of Cultural Heritage
http://2016.minervaisrael.org.il
http://www.digital-heritage.org.il

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F3 sigal arieerez_reconnectingpast_evaminerva2016

  1. 1. Linking: Reconnecting the Past Sigal Arie-Erez Archives, Yad Vashem Eva/ Minerva XIIth Annual International Conference Jerusalem, November 9th, 2016
  2. 2. Archival Materials Have a Life of Their Own They wander They scatter move from one place, just to turn up in other places
  3. 3. Archival Materials Have a Life of Their Own Ringelblum Archive
  4. 4. The Auschwitz Album
  5. 5. The Auschwitz Album
  6. 6. The Auschwitz Album
  7. 7. The Auschwitz Album
  8. 8. The Auschwitz Album
  9. 9. The Auschwitz Album
  10. 10. The Auschwitz Album
  11. 11. The Task • To identify scattered collections • To unite them virtually in one location
  12. 12. Types of Relations in the EHRI Portal Partially duplicated (Part of) Complementary Identical (Same as)
  13. 13. Originals and Copies • Contribute to a deeper understanding of historical materials and historical processes • Making the linkage between collections suggests a whole new field of data, relations and leads • Reveal the provenance of the material - the corner stone of research • Enhanced credibility and authenticity of the database Linking between collections is important
  14. 14. Rethink Basic Principles in Archival Science • Respect the Fonds • Why do we need multiple descriptions? • The story behind the material is important too
  15. 15. Rethink Basic Principles in Archival Science • Different descriptions have their own merits • Echo the history of organizations, institutional & cultural agenda • Finding aids • Cataloguing is subjective • Multiple descriptions provide additional perspectives It is important to research the relations between collections as well as their metadata
  16. 16. Interactions Between Archiving and Technology Automated methods need to be augmented with archival knowledge • Identify the types of links and map them • Set a methodology • The same data was encoded in different fields, of different institutions. • Content analysis using machine learning technics • The Creator is important • We need to improve the metadata • How institutions should export their data
  17. 17. Cooperation Across Institutions and Implications • A joint discussion and collective learning • A change in work methods & efficiency • Cataloguing in a more standardized manner • Invest more in the descriptions on the collection level • Pay more attention to the creator field Strive toward deeper data sharing
  18. 18. In Conclusion The EHRI project of linking: one step further in exploring & understanding the relations between various collections
  19. 19. NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies (NL) CEGESOMA Centre for Historical Research and Documentation on War and Contemporary Society (BE) Jewish Museum in Prague (CZ) Center for Holocaust Studies at the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich (DE) YAD VASHEM The Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority (IL) United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USA) Bundesarchiv (DE) The Wiener Library Institute for the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide (UK) Holocaust Documentation Centre (SK) Polish Center for Holocaust Research (PL) The Jewish Museum of Greece (GR) Jewish Historical Institute (PL) King’s College London (UK) Ontotext AD (BG) Elie Wiesel National Institute for the Study of Holocaust in Romania (RO) DANS Data Archiving and Networked Services (NL) Shoah Memorial, Museum, Center for Contemporary Jewish Documentation (FR) ITS International Tracing Service (DE) Hungarian Jewish Archives (HU) INRIA Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation (FR) Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum (LT) VWI Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (AT) Foundation Jewish Contemporary Documentation Center (IT) EHRI is funded by the European Union

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