Conference Proceeding: C.O.T.A.R. Collection of Torah Articles: The Evolution of a Database and its Uses

C.O.T.A.R is a DVD database containing the full texts of articles in the field of Jewish law published in journals not readily available to the general public. The material chosen for scanning was chosen from the yearly bibliographies of outstanding articles in the field prepared by Rabbi Meir Wunder of the Jewish National and University Library (now National Library of Israel) and published in the annual Tehumin over a period of 20 years. The presentation will discuss the preparations necessary before scanning could begin, permissions from authors and publishers, etc., and the challenges presented by the project. Though the articles in the data base are in the field of Jewish law, their use as primary sources for political, cultural, social and economic history will be discussed.