DIGITIZING ARCHIVAL COLLECTIONS

Judaica Digital Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries

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Thanks to a start-up gift from the Gershwind-Bennett Families, in the Fall of 2016, the Penn Libraries initiated an integrated program of Judaica Digital Humanities (DH) research and development. The primary goal has been to think creatively and experimentally about what we can DO with data that we have already produced in digital formats. Our understanding of DH as “what we can do with data” is not limited to specific applications like text-mining, but to an unlimited potential number of ways in which to recycle and play with data. In this talk, we will explore some of the projects in which we test out this approach, such as the “Scribes of the Cairo Geniza” partnership with the Zooniverse.

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Digital Public Lab, Library and Archives Canada

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Access to online content is an ever-increasing demand by researchers. This demand has benefitted libraries with significant digitized collections as they can now attract new users who previously could not have accessed the institution’s holdings. This opportunity comes with the challenge that digitization is time consuming, which creates a significant staffing expense. One way Library and Archives Canada is responding to this challenge is by offering a public digitization lab in which users may use professional quality scanners and imaging technology to digitize published and archival material held by LAC. This allows users to create digital files for their own research, with LAC keeping those digital images and making them accessible free online. The presentation will discuss this project, including the origins, challenges and technology in use. Specific digitization projects undertaken in this lab will be presented, with a focus on certain Judaica projects currently being developed. This digitization innovation has the possibility to benefit both institutions and users in a meaningful way.

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