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2015 Program - Sunday, 8 November

8:30 - Registration and coffee

  Auditorium     Upper Hall - In Hebrew
Museums and Portals
Digital Archives I - 9:00-10:30

Museums in Israel – The National Museum Portal: Copyright of digital reproductions
Ronit Marco, Ministry of Culture and Sport

Tools for integrating contents of private collections in The National Museum Portal
Mariane Aaron, Ministry of Culture and Sport

The new (Dutch) Jewish Monument. The challenges in creating an interactive memorial for four generations
Anat Harel, Policy maker / Project manager at Jewish Cultural Quarter

Cultural Heritage Materials and the UNESCO Memory of the World Project
Elhanan Adler, Chair, Israel Memory of the World Committee,UNESCO



Welcome: Michal Henkin, Chair of The Association of Israeli Archivists, Director of the City of Haifa Archives
Chair: Larisa Shnitkind, Director of the City of Tel Aviv – Jaffa Archives

Research of retention and disposition processes in an internet website of the government of Israel: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a case study (He) Interpares
Dr. Silvia Schenkolewski-Kroll, Senior Lecturer, Department of Information Science, Bar-Ilan University
Dr. Assaf Tractinsky, Israel State Archives, Manager of Information and Description Department

Digitization of the moving image – do we only preserve content or also the medium? Between the art of technique and technique of the art (He)
Hila Abraham, Israel Film Archive - Jerusalem Cinemateque, Digitization and Access Project Coordinator

Archive Digitization: Best Practice and Recommendations (He)
Masha Zolotarevsky Bear, Yad Tabenkin Archives
Galia Duvidzon, The Oded Yarkoni History Archives of Petach Tikva

10:30-11:00 - Coffee break

11:00-13:00 Plenary in the Auditorium


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

James Snyder, Anne and Jerome Fisher Director
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Reuven Pinsky
Prime Minister's Office

Keynote Speaker - Paperless Archaeology
Dr. Matthew Adams, Director, Albright Institute of Archaeological Research

Dov Winer, Co-Chair EVA/Minerva 2015
Coordinator: Israel Minerva Forum

Dr. Susan Hazan, Co-Chair EVA/Minerva 2015
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem


13:00-14:00 - Lunch

  Auditorium     Upper Hall
Digital Archives II - 14:00-14:45 - in Hebrew

Museums as dynamic learning environments and their digital tools The Creative Museum project
Pier Giacomo Sola

WITH platform: Co-create and share cultural collections
WITH is a culture sharing social platform that uses the Europeana API and other available APIs to discover and re-use data to create collections and exhibitions; configure personal and group spaces; follow users and collections; share and co-create collections and exhibitions add annotations (tags, likes enrichments etc.).
Vassilis Tzouvaras, NTUA

Experiential design, augmented reality and multiple screens in the temporary exhibition "Mechanics of Miracles” with original stage sets from the opening ceremony of 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
Cosmos Pavilion, VDNH Moscow, Russia
Elena Voltsinger, Exhibition Curator

Alan Turing: Founder of Computer Science
Prof. Jonathan P. Bowen, London South Bank University / Museophile Limited



Chair: Aharon Azati (PhD), Director, Yad Tabenkin Archives

Long-term Digital Preservation @ the Archive
Principles and practice of long-term digital preservation using real-time examples of material and best-practice (He)
Dror Berger, Head of Operational Systems Dept., National Library of Israel

Digital Futures
An in-depth look into the principles and practice of digital projects at cultural heritage institutions with a focus on best practice (He)
Chezkie Kasnett, Digital Projects Manager, National Library of Israel

Digital Archives III - 14:50-15:30 - in English

From Digitization to Discoverability: Accomplishments and New Challenges: a Case Study from the JDC Archives
Linda Levi, Director of the JDC Global Archives and Jeffrey Edelstein, Digitization Project Manager, JDC Archives

CENDARI - Digital Archives for the Medieval and World War One Emiliano Degl'Innocenti, SISMEL - FEF Head Digital & Multimedia Lab.

Report on Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities, DARIAH
Emiliano degl'Innocenti, DARIAH

  Auditorium     Upper Hall
Workshop: meSch Material Encounters
Workshop: LoCloud

Making museum objects smart
Adding a narrative layer to an exhibition

The meSch project is about smart objects. We will look at some of the concepts that we developed and tested during the last two years and focus on one of these concepts. In a temporary exhibition that was on show from April to October we applied smart replicas to trigger narratives from different perspectives.

We will go into the doubts and questions that we had before the opening of the exhibition. Also we will offer insights in the production of the replicas as well as the tool that can be used to program the smart objects and the smart showcases in the exhibition.

Finally will share some of the first evaluation results that maybe useful for other museum as well.

Hub Kockelkorn
, Museon, museum for culture and science, The Hague


Organised by Kate Fernie, 2Culture Associates
This workshop will share the results of the LoCloud project, and stimulate discussion and collaboration between curators, experts and stakeholders in digital libraries, cultural heritage, tourism and local communities. It will also showcase work in supporting small and medium sized cultural institutions in making their digitised collections discoverable online, via portals such as Europeana and other applications.

Why LoCloud: Collections
Błażej Betański, Poznan Supercomputing Centre

LoCloud:-Micro Services and the Digitisation Workflow
Walter Koch, AIT

Geography and local cultural heritage: tools from LoCloud:
Holly Wright, ADS

Creating mappings with the MINT system
Vassilis Trouvaras, NTUA

MORe: using LoCloud: services in the Aggregation Workflow
Dimitris Gavrillis, Athena Research Centre, Digital Curation Unit






Monday, 9 November

8:30 -11:00 Registration and coffee
        Polonsky Academy 

National Scientix Workshop

Chairman: Roni Dayan, Director Division for Information Technologies, Administration for Technology, ICT and Information Systems, Ministry of Education

Opening: Survey of the projects of the Division for Information Technologies
Roni Dayan

Presentation of the Scientix project, the community for Science teaching in Europe
Dov Winer, Scientix NCP for Israel

The BioHeker Project
Galit Karadi, National Instructor, Ministry of Education

The Birds Research Project
The School Guide for the Project
The School Project site
Yehavit Luria, Junior High School Department, Research and Problem Solving, Ministry of Education

The initiative for private tutoring of students for intensive Mathematics instruction in the Secondary School (five units in the Baccalaureate)
Lihi Telem, National Instructor, Cooperative Learning and Distance Learning, Ministry of Education

The National MOOC Program
Ronit Dabus, National Instructor, Ministry of Education




  Auditorium     Upper Hall
Session 1 - Talmudic and Judaic Research Projects
(all session titles are tentative)
    Digital Archaeology: Data Management I

Querying the Cairo Genizah Images with Word-Spotting Algorithm (En)
Adiel Ben-Shalom, Prof. Yaacov Choueka, The Friedberg Genizah Project, Prof. Nachum Dershowitz, Prof. Lior Wolf, Tel Aviv University

The Friedberg Project for Talmud Bavli Variants – "Hachi Garsinan" (He)
Prof. Yaacov Choueka, Dr. Menachem Katz, Dr. Roni Shweka, The Friedberg Genizah Project

Digitization in Jewish Studies and its Contribution to Identifying Tiny Manuscript Fragments (He)
Dr. Menachem Katz, The Open University of Israel, The Friedberg Genizah Project

Applying integrated electronic data resources to new tasks in Talmudic and Judaic research
Professor Shamma Friedman, The Saul Lieberman Institute of Talmudic Research, of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America; Bar-Ilan University

    Chair: Liat Weinblum, CAA – Israel Antiquities Authority

IAA Computerization and Providing Access to the Israel Antiquities Authority Survey Data
Dr. Ofer Sion – Head of the Surveys Branch, IAA

The digital era – 3D archaeological documentation and innovative research at the Israel antiquities authority
Dr. Avshalom Karasik – Director of the National Laboratory for Digital Documentation, IAA

DANA: A New Software Tool for Field Archaeologists
Dr. Stefan Münger (University of Bern)/ Liat Weinblum (IAA)

Technology at the service of archeology within the IAA
Iris Yossifon – IT Department, IAA

Optical Mineralogy for Provenancing Archaeological Ceramics in the Digital-Age: Collecting and Storing Data for Processing and Publication of Ceramic Artifacts
Paula Waiman-Barak, Haifa University

  Auditorium     Upper Hall
  Session 2 - Mapping Projects
Digital Archaeology: Data Management II


Digital mapping of the Ancient Jewish Diaspora 117-650 ce (He)
Dr. Eyal Ben-Eliyahu and Itamar Satat, Dept. of Jewish History, University of Haifa


Mapping the Kabbalah - Digital Challenges in History Mapping Project (He)
Yoed Kadary, Postdoc at Ben Gurion University in the Negev

Mapping out Memory: The Digitalization of Yizker Bikher
Dr. Gali Drucker Bar-Am, Dr. Josef Sprinzak, Da'at Hamakom, Center for the Study of Cultures of Place in the Modern Jewish World, Hebrew University

America on the Responsa Map: Hasidim, Mitnagdim and the Connection between Distance and Authority
Zef Segal, Da'at Hamakom, Center for the Study of Cultures of Place in the Modern Jewish World, Hebrew University


Chair: Sveta Matskevich, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Three-Dimensional Recording at Tel Beth-Shemesh
Omer Ze'evi, Tel Aviv University

First Temple Period Hebrew Ostraca in the Silicon Age
Shira Faigenbaum-Golovin, Anat Mendel, Arie Shaus and Barak Sober, Tel Aviv University

A preliminary sketch of a personal digital archive and autobiography: the case of Ehud Netzer
Yael Netzer, Ben Gurion University

Deciphering and Documenting Destruction with GIS: Methods of Digital Excavation and Documentation at Tel Beth-Shemesh, Israel
Hai Ashkenazi, Zvi Lederman, Shlomo Bunimovitz, Tel Aviv University

CODIFI: Total paperless recording of the Legio vi Ferrata camp in the Jezreel Valley, Israel
Dr. Matthew Adams, Albright Institute of Archaeological Research

13:00-14:00 - Lunch
  Auditorium     Upper Hall
Session 3: National Aspects
Audiovisual Archives

"Special Theme Files" Section at the Ben-Gurion Archives as a Case Study for the Outcomes of "Digitized Revolution" (He)
Ms. Maya Reitan, Supervisor of Digitized Archival Material
Dr. Adi Portughies, Head of Infrastructure Information Systems, BGU

Hebrew Republics of Letters and the Great War
Dr. Sinai Rusinek, The Hebrew University and Bar Ilan University

The Jews - A Group Portrait': A New Project for Documentation of Jewish Historical Photography (He)
Dr. Nathan Shifriss, Haifa University and Hebrew University

Digitization of Documents Curated by the Knesset since 1948
Dr. Rivka Markus, Knesset Head Archivist and Inda Novominsly, Deputy Records Manager




EUscreenXL, From access towards curation and creative partnerships
Marco Rendina, Istituto Luce Cinecittà, Maria Drabczyk, Polish National Audiovisual Archive

Europeana Space: Innovate your Cultural heritage … and your future business! From access towards curation and creative partnerships
Marco Rendina, Istituto Luce Cinecittà, Fred Truyen, KU Leuven

The Israel Broadcasting Authority archive online
Violet Radnofsky, Harvard University

The Music Channel, Europeana Sounds, David Haskiya, Europeana Foundation


FORWARD project – Framework for a EU-wide Audiovisual Orphan Works Registry
Kerstin Herlt, Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (ACE) Head of Office c/o, Deutsches Filminstitut - DIF


Round table: Joys and sorrows of granting online access to audiovisual content

  Auditorium   Upper Hall
  Session 4 - National Libraries and Museums     
Digital Harvard

Yad Vashem - TBA

Digital preservation of contemporary press
David Hanegbi, The National Library of Israel

The future of the past- the Historical Press Project in the upcoming years
Eyal Miller, The National Library of Israel


More than a single history: building Batsheva’s digital archive
Iris Lana, Batsheva Archive

Digitization – visual arts photography Independent photographers' digitzation projects' volumes; The challenges in the digitization of the Israel Architectural Heritage

The process of digitization of Kol Israel audio We will go through the "behind the scenes" of the digitization process Kol Israel audio collection.
Shmuel Neuvert, DANTEC 

Metadata conversion to Harvard's Alef system
Shai Nachmany, AI Weinberg Ltd, Israel agent for Harvard Judaica Library

A Personal Journey to the Mysteries of the Stage
Eyal Landesman,
Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Israeli Photography Festival

Lost & Found: Digitizing Israel's Architectural Heritage
Arch. Dr. Zvi Elhyani, Israel Architecture Archive, Founding Director