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Judaica Europeana Jewish collections online
Number 6, 2014
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News from the Judaica Europeana network

The growth of digital collections offers huge opportunities to scholars, curators and anyone ready to mine these resources. The users’ experience in navigating the countless collections can be greatly enhanced by an integrated access via a digital platform such as Europeana. In this newsletter, we present the collections of our partners and recent work by the Judaica Europeana network in collaboration with other projects in the Europeana ecosystem.

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Torn Poster London, [detail] by Dorothy Bohm, photograph on paper, 1990, Ben Uri Museum, London.
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Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary

The Library’s superb collection, outreach programs and digital projects, along with the expanding international interest in Judaica, have dramatically increased demand for access to its rare materials in recent years.

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Ketubah, Herat [detail], 5628 Ḥeshvan 16 [1867 November 14], Ket 270, Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary.
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Steinheim Institute: researching Jewish epigraphy

Research on Jewish cemeteries is one of the Institute’s outstanding contributions to Jewish studies. Epidat provides an extensive documentation of over 25,000 epigraphic records and photographs of tombstones covering the period from 1063 to 2010.

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Photo: Wolfgang Meinhart, Hamburg, GNU License, v. 1.2, via Wikimedia Commons.
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AthenaPlus: extending access to digital collections

The collections to be uploaded to Europeana via this project include the Jewish Museum in Prague, the Ben Uri Museum in London and many others. New applications for digital heritage such as tools for staging virtual exhibitions and promoting cultural tourism routes are being developed.

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News from the National Library of Israel

21st century memory institutions face a common challenge: how best to perpetuate their traditional preservation functions in the dynamic technological environment of the information age. The Library’s digital preservation programmes utilize state-of-the-art technology in a facility that resembles a scene from a futuristic novel.

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Digital scanning at the National Library of Israel.
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Advancing the Digital Humanities agenda

The DM2E project is researching the scholarly practices in the humanities and building the digital tools that respond to the needs of scholars. Judaica Europeana is promoting these resources and the potential of the Linked Open Data web for Jewish Studies.

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Editor: Lena Stanley-Clamp, European Association for Jewish Culture, London
with contributions from the National Library of Israel, the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary,
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