Digital Heritage, Israel

EVA/Minerva 2011
Program November 14/15/16

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The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute


Monday, 14 November



National LIbrary


The Israel Museum, Jerusalem


13.00 - 15.30


Tour of the National Library of Israel, Jerusalem for EVA/Minerva participants

The National Library acts as a center to collect, preserve, cultivate and endow the treasures of knowledge, heritage and culture in general, with an emphasis on the Land of Israel, the State of Israel, the Jewish people, Islamic culture, famous people.

13.00-13.30 - LIght refreshments
13.30-14.30 - Gems of the Collections: special opportunity to view the rare treasures of the National Library with National Library curators
14.30-15.30 - Roundtable: Presentation on the National Digitization Project and discussion with project leaders on the main challenges they are facing

ביקור בספרייה הלאומית למשתתפי כנס אווה מינרווה הספרייה הלאומית מהווה מרכז לאיסוף, שימור והנגשה של מורשת תרבותית של מדינת ישראל, העם היהודי, תרבות האסלאם ואנשי שם.
תוכנית הביקור בספרייה:

13:00-13:30 התכנסות וכיבוד קל

13:30-14:30 הצגת פריטים נדירים ואוספים נבחרים על-ידי צוות האוצרים של הספרייה הלאומית.

14:30-15:30  שולחן עגול: הצגת תוכניות הדיגיטציה בספרייה ודיון בסוגיות נבחרות משולחנם של מנהלי פרויקט הדיגיטציה של הספרייה.


17.00 - Reception in the Mansfeld Café at the Museum Entrance Pavilion
18.00 - Celebrating the Digital Dead Sea Scrolls in the Museum Auditorium

Welcome to EVA/Minerva 2011 and the celebration of the Digital Dead Sea Scrolls
James Snyder,
Anne and Jerome Fisher Director, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Professor Yossi Matias, Managing Director of Google’s R&D Center in Israel.

Delivering Cultural Heritage
Eyal Miller, New Business Development Manager, at Google's R&D Center in Israel
24 centuries, the work of scholars, historians, and archaeologists, and
now the Dead Sea Scrolls are accessible to anyone in the world.

The Digital Dead Sea Scrolls – a learning tool in virtually every classroom
Dr. Adolfo Roitman,  Lizbeth and George Krupp Curator of the
Dead Sea Scrolls and Head of the Shrine of the Book,
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.
This presentation will focus on the Digital Dead Sea Scrolls
as the ideal learning tool for teachers, lectures and students who
can now use the five scrolls and background explanations and narratives
at their own pace and for their own needs whether for study, research or pleasure.

Translating Isaiah – the linguistic perspective (TBC)
Peter W. Flint, Ph.D., Canada Research Chair in Dead Sea Scrolls Studies,
Professor of Biblical Studies, Trinity Western University, Langley, Canada.
Official Editor of the Great Isaiah Scroll

One Million unique visitors in just 4 days
Dr. Susan Hazan
, Curator of New Media, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
This presentation will share the qualitative and quantitative results of
reaching over 1,300,000 unique visitors since the
launch of the project on September 26

The Austrian National Library’s public private partnership with Google
Max Kaiser, Head of Research and Development, Austrian National Library
This large scale digitization project entails the entire historical
book holdings of the library (600k volumes) and this presentation
will briefly describe the ambitious partnership between the two institutions.

Tuesday, 15 November

  8.30 - 11.00 Registration

9.00 – 10.45

Morning Sessions I


Morning Sessions I
Upper Conference Hall


Morning Sessions I
Academy Hall



Museum Track:

Museums and the Web, Israel

Chair: Idit Amichai, Director, Department for Museums and Visual Arts, the Ministry of Culture

Introduction: Looking ahead - The Ministry of Culture's plan 2011-2015
Ram Shimonmy, Digital Heritage Projects Manager

Israel's National Museums online: challenges, targets and tools
Eran Carmon, Head of IT Branch,
Ministry of Culture, Science and Technology


Library Track
National LIbrary

Harvesting & Archiving Israeli Websites for Research
Violet Radnofsky, Judaica Division, Widener Library, Harvard University, Littauer Hebraica Technical & Research Services Librarian, Judaica Division, Harvard Library, Harvard University, Cambridge Massachusetts USA

Alon Strassman, The National Library of Israel
Lessons learned - Web Archiving within the National Library of Israel


Archive Track

Photographic collections in the Digital age:

Outreach of large photographic collections – Challenges and future prospects
Daniel Uziel, Head of the Photo collection, historical adviser and modern history lecturer, Yad Vashem

Photo Archives – Reference and Information Services
Elana Weiser and Naama Shilo, Photo Archivists, Yad Vashem

Filmed Documents: Researching Footage from the Holocost
Efrat Komisar, Head of Footage Section, Archives Division, Yad Vashem


11.00 – 12.30




Prof. Gabriel Motzkin, Director,
The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute

Dov Winer, Co-Chair EVA/Minerva 2011
Coordinator: Israel Minerva Forum, Digitisation of Culture in Israel: from Conference to Conference

Keynote: תכנית תמ"ר לשיקום והעצמה של המורשת התרבותית, אגף מורשת משרד ראש הממשלה, ראובן פינסקי

Dr. Susan Hazan, Co-Chair EVA/Minerva 2011
Chair: CCPA, Europeana, User Engagement Group European Cultural Commons

12.30 – 13.30


13.30 – 15.00

Afternoon Sessions I


Afternoon Sessions I
Upper Conference Hall


Afternoon Sessions I
Academy Hall


Linked Heritage
Linked Heritage
Coordination of Standards and Technologies for the enrichment of Europeana. The consortium includes representatives of all the key stakeholder groups from 20 EU countries, together with Israel and Russia.

Marie-Véronique Leroi
Patrimoine Numérique
Catalogue des collections numérisées

Maria Sliwinska, Director, The International Center for Information Management System,
Services, ICIMSS – Poland

Sharing information about cultural heritage

Sanja Halling, Swedish National coordinator for Linked heritage
The National Archives of Sweden

The speakers will address the challenges associated with:

  • non-standard descriptive terminologies
  • the lack of private sector and 20th Century content
  • the preservation of complex metadata models within the Europeana metadata schema.


Europeana Libraries
Chair: Prof. Bar-Ilan Judit, Department of Information Science, Bar Ilan University

Europeana Libraries building a pan-European aggregator, Wouter Schallier, Executive Director of LIBER, (Association of European Research Libraries), Europeana Libraries, a pan-European aggregator for libraries.

How digital collections available online influenced my research
Prof. Yaron Zur, Tel Aviv University

Institutional repositories
Ora Zehavi, Younes and Soraya Nazarian Library University of Haifa
This paper discusses institutional repositories (IR) is electronic systems that capture, preserve, and provide access to the digital community. In Universities IR is connected to Electronic Scholarly Research Archives, Working materials and documents, Research Output that come together to provide Open Access Repositories.


National Archives of Sweden

The National Archives of Sweden
(Riksarkivet) ,
Börje Justrell, Director at National Archives of Sweden
The National Archival Database (NAD) is a nation-wide, comprehensive database and information system available on the Internet. It contains information about records from individuals, estates, organizations, businesses and authorities.

Collaborative Archival Description - Challenges and Directions
Masha Zolotarevsky, Yad Tabenkin Archives

The Israel Archive Network Project (פרויקט רא"י) "From Vision to Fulfillment; Accessing the Digitized Archive"

Chezkie Kasnett, Project Manager, Israel Archive Network, Digital Projects Manager, The National Library of Israel.





  15.00 – 15.20 Coffee break          

15.20 – 17.00

Afternoon Sessions II


Afternoon Sessions II
Upper Conference Hall


Afternoon Sessions II
Academy Hall


Digital Creativity

National Museum of American Jewish History
Dr. Josh Perelman, Dr. Josh Perelman, Chief Curator, Director of Exhibitions and Collections, National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia, US

will present immersive media experiences that leveraged opportunities for interaction within the museum environment in an effort to strengthen Jews’ knowledge of their own heritage, advance visitors’ understanding of the American Jewish experience, and inspire people of all backgrounds and ages to explore and discuss our shared, an often contentious, values.

Digitising Contemporary Art

DCA - Digitising Contemporary Art
Christine Sauter, PACKED vzw
DCA will create a digital body of high-quality reproductions of 26,921 artworks - paintings, photographs, sculptures, installations, videos and 1,857 contextual documents, which will become accessible and retrievable through Europeana., Virtual Museum Transnational Network, a new European Network of Excellence dedicated to Virtual Museums.
Uros Damnjanovic, The Cyprus Institute, Nicosia, Cyprus


ECLAP – eLibrary for Performance Arts

Professor Feruccio Marotti,
Raffaella Santucci, ECLAP Networking Acititivtes Coordinator
ECLAP’s goal is to enable access to rich (audiovisual) patrimony of film collections, video and audio tapes, images, sketches, notes in the field of performing arts. these resources, made available in digital form in an integrated online environment, providing guidelines and using metadata standards for searching and browsing. In its creation of a seamless and centralized online database.


The Austrial National Linbrary

Chair: Orly Simon, Head of Public Services Division, National Library of Israel

Report on the Austrian National Library’s public private partnership with Google
Max Kaiser, Head of Research and Development, Austrian National LibraryAustrian National Library
This large scale digitization project entails the entire historical book holdings of the library (600k volumes). This presentation will discuss background, policy issues, political discussion, and will describe the workflow, access etc.

SCIENCE 2.0 - The use of social networking in academic reserach
Shlomit Pery, Head of the Brender-Moss Library for Social Sciences and Management, Tel Aviv University


Chair : Dr. Linda Olsvig-Whittaker
Science and Conservation Division
Israel Nature and Parks Authority

Information and international biodiversity conventions
Eliezer Frankenberg, Israel Nature and Parks Authority

Observational data and long term monitoring at Ramat Hanadiv
Liat Hadar, Ramat Hanadiv, Israel LTER network

Collection informatics at Tel Aviv University
Dr. Shai Meiri
Department of Zoology & Natural History Museum Faculty of Life







Wednesday, 16 November - Archive Track


9.00 – 10.50

Morning Sessions I


Morning Sessions I
Upper Conference Hall








Bio-Diversity Track

Chair : Dr. Linda Olsvig-Whittaker
Science and Conservation Division
Israel Nature and Parks Authority

Natural Europe

Natural Europe: digital library of the Natural History and Science Museums
Programme Management and Administration


Biodiversity Heritage Library for Europe
Heimo Rainer, Staff Scientist, Natural History Museum, Vienna

Open Up

Opening up the Natural History Heritage for Europeana: presentations
Prof. Dr. Walter G. Berendsohn
Director, Dept. of Biodiversity Informatics and Laboratories



Judaica Europeana

Judaica Europeana

Judaica Europeana Session
Chairman:  Mark Ejlenberg, All About Jewish Theatre

The Haskala Republic of Letters Research Project
Dr. Stefan Litt, National Library of Israel

The Holocaust Theatre Online Collection Project (HTC), Mark Ejlenberg, Chairman, All About Jewish Theatre

Judaica Europeana 2012-2014
Dov Winer, Scientific Manager, Judaica Europeana (EAJC)

Judaica Europeana works to identify content documenting the Jewish presence and heritage in the cities of Europe. It will digitise 10,500 photos, 1,500 postcards and 7,150 recordings as well as several million pages from books, newspapers, archives and press clippings.

  10.50 – 11.10 Coffee break      

11.00 – 13.00

Morning Sessions II


Morning Sessions II
Upper Conference Hall


Wikimedia, Israel

Wikipedia, Israel
Wikipedia and GLAM Projects – How galleries, libraries, archives and museums work with Wikipedia & Wikimedia to share knowledge
Chair: Dr. Allison Kupietzky, Collections Database Manager and Head of the Information Center for Israeli Art

How to change the world while still in your slippers – Wikipedia, Wikimedia and the free content movement,
Tomer Ashur, Chairman, Wikimedia Israel. This presentation will elaborate on the structure of Wikimedia as a free content movement and its synergy with various projects such as Wikipedia.

Wikimedia's Outreach Project – from Africa to GLAM, Shani Evenstine, GLAM IMJ Project Coordinator, Wikimedia Israel
This lecture will offer a general review of various outreach projects, focusing on GLAM projects around the world and presenting GLAM projects in Israel.

Israeli Art on Wikipedia as part of the GLAM IMJ Project. Dr. Allison Kupietzky and Yair Talmor, Wikipedian-in-Residence
A joint project between the Information Center for Israeli Art and Wikipedia has created a new interactive environment and resource for information on Israeli art.

Working Together - The National Library and Wikipedia
Ido Ivri, Manager of Digital Programs, the National Library of Israel
The lecture will describe the National Library of Israel's initiative for providing access to a historic collection of 3,000 photographs, by making it accessible on Wikipedia, the benefits of the process to the general public, what the National Library gains and possible implications on the digitization and licensing processes.




The application of contents from LAMs
(Libraries, Archives and Museums) in Education

Chairman: Dr. Ofer Rimon
Director, Administration for Science
and Technology, Ministry of Education

The Application of Contents from the Europeana project Natural Europe in K12 Education
Dr. Xenophon Tsilibaris, Coordinator Natural Europe, Ministry of Education Greece, GRNET
Networking Research and Education

The Israel Program for Adapting the
Educational System to the 21st Century:
contents, learning objects repositories
and ebooks.

Dr. Ofer Rimon, Director, Administration for Science and Technology, Ministry of Education
Noam Koriat, Director ICT Content in Education and Knowledge Management, Administration for Science and Technology Ministry of Education

The OAI-ORE based Data Model of Europeana and the Digital Public Library of America: implications for educational publishing
Dov Winer, MAKASH ICT Applications in Education
Europeana Technical Documents
Europeana Data Model Primer

13.00 – 1400


14.00 – 16.00

Afternoon Sessions II

CARARE is a best practice network funded by the European Commission's ICT Policy Support Programme.
Paola Ronzino
Research Assistant
STARC, The Cyprus Institute, Nicosia, Cyprus

CARARE brings together heritage agencies and organisations, archaeological museums and research institutions and specialist digital archives from all over Europe to establish a service that will make digital content for Europe's unique archaeological monuments and historic sites interoperable with Europeana. It aims to add the 3D and Virtual Reality content to Europeana.


MICHAEL is building the comprehensive inventory of Europe’s cultural heritage collections.

Galia Richler, National Library of Israel, Project Manager MICHAEL Israel
Michael Israel maps the collections from libraries, museums, archives, cultural institutions and private collections and they document the cultural heritage of the Land of Israel, the Jewish people and institutions in the State of Israel.

Bezalel Academy of Art and Design
oni Manor, Head of the Library and Digital Resources, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem

Prof. Mike Turner, UNESCO Chair for Urban Design and Conservation Studies

BezalelPresenting the joint effort of the National Library of Israel and Bezalel Academy of Art and Design to locate, list and register collections of Art, Architecture and Design. The project is supported by the Israeli Memory of the World committee for UNESCO.



Afternoon Sessions II
Upper Conference Hall


HOPE - Heritage of the People´s Europe
Ernesto Harder and Marco Rendina, Coordinators for Dissemination & Networking

Social History content aggregator including an upgrade of the Labour History portal and European women’s movements

HOPE presents the heritage of the people of Europe and their history in the process of social change.

HOPE networks the digital collections of European institutions in social history and the history of the labour movement.

HOPE unites more than 880,000 digitised objects from the end of the 18th century down to the present, making them available through web based platforms like Europeana and the Labour History portal.