Visual History of the Holocaust
Workshop "Advanced Digitisation" in Washington, USA
Visual History of the Holocaust will provide a digital infrastructure for the analysis, research, annotation, enrichment and study of filmic records relating to the discovery of Nazi concentration camps and other atrocity sites. In the course of the project these historical films, which currently are dispersed across archival institutions in the USA, Great Britain, Russia and various former Soviet Republics, will be aggregated, digitized, analyzed and annotated. Apart from its geographical dispersal a main challenge is that the digital cultural materials need to be "fit for re-use" to allow for analysis and accurate annotation.
One main aim of the workshop was to share best practice approaches, protocols and procedures for digitization currently implemented but also to visit institutions and companies being expert in digitizing these historical films.
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