Program 2016

Museums | World Union of Jewish Studies | Public Libraries Association | Israel Antiquities Authority | Association of Israel Archivists

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Wednesday, 9 November

8:30 - Registration and refreshments

Auditorium Upper Hall - In Hebrew and English | Simultaneous translation with thanks to the Association of Israeli Archivists

Digital Archaeology: Data Acquisition Methods and Practices

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Digitization and Management of Digital Content in Archives

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Session organizer: Sveta Matskevich, the Zinman Institute of Archaeology, University of Haifa
Chair: Avshalom Karasik, Israel Antiquities Authority

Asaf Ben Haim, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
On-Site 3D-Scanning as the Main Tool for Studying the Architectural Decoration in Herodium

Ido Wachtel, Royi Zidon, Shimon Garti, Computerized Archaeology Laboratory, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Predicting modeling for archeological sites location: comparing logistic regression and Maxent in north Israel and North-East China

David Gurevich
, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
3D Documentation in Field Archaeology: Methods, Workflow and Software Solutions

Francesco Valletta, Nir Dick, Leore Grosman, Computerized Archaeology Laboratory, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
A computer-based procedure for testing the variability in lithic tool manufacturing: a case study from the Epipalaeolithic Ein Gev sites

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

Dr. Yaacov Lozowick
The Online Archives
Demonstrating the State Archives' new online capabilities, and will discuss the challenges of moving the entire archives online.

Assaf Tractinsky PhD
, Project Knowledge Manager, State Archives Israel
Research issues in InterPARES Trust
InterPARES Trust (ITrust 2013-2018) is a multi-national, interdisciplinary research project exploring issues concerning digital records and data entrusted to the Internet.

Dr. Silvia Schenkolewski-Kroll
, Department of Information Science Bar-Ilan University
Advances in the Israeli Research for InterPARES Trust over the last Year
Presenting the Google Analytics as tool as study for users behavior as parameter to archival appraisal of the different sections of the site.


Auditorium Upper Hall

Chair: TBC

Hadar Miller, CIO, The National Library of Israel
The Digitisation Programs of the National Library of Israel University Library Historical Photography Digitisation Project

Prof. Mel Rosenberg, Co-founder, and Advisor to the President of Shenkar College
The Ourboox system: Create a Book
Ourboox is a free and simple platform for creating page-flipping digital picture books that combine text, pictures, videos, maps and more. We currently have 8,300 books in over twenty languages, and in over 70 categories, many of them created by students around the world.
Download Mel Rosenberg's Conference Publication - created on-the-fly

Mr. Iftach Alony
Maaboret: The Best Short Stories
From All the World
Iftach Alony is a writer a poet and an Architect. He is the founder and an editor at "The Short Story Project" (Maaboret), and the founder and chief editor of "Afik" editorial house. The Short Story Project is a non-profit organization dedicated for amplifying short story fiction across the world. The project mission is to amplifies the power of storytelling and short story literature through a digitally innovative format by building an extensive cross boundaries community of short story reader. The project supports direct links between writers, readers, translators and literature lovers from all over the world. It allows free access to an ever-growing, international collection of short stories – both text and audio in English, Hebrew, Spanish, German (coming soon), and in original language - accessible anywhere, anytime, on any device.

Maayan Alexander
Digital Storytelling With Social Media Tools

“Hot Topics” in Long-term Preservation of Digital Objects

Börje Justrell, Riksarkivet, Project Coordinator, and  Bert Lemmens
PREFORMA Project / Long term preservation

  • Open data and the role of National Archives
  • Transfer of electronic records
  • To built up a digital archive

12:00-12:15 - Coffee break

12:15-13:00 Plenary in the Auditorium


Prof. Paulo Henrique Martinez
ICOM Brazil and the UNESP, São Paulo State University

Boaz Dahan
Supervisor of Public Libraries, Ministry of Culture and Sport

Keynote: Marco Rendina

We transform the world with culture! Europeana present and future

Dov Winer, Co-Chair EVA/Minerva 2016
Coordinator: Israel Minerva Forum

Dr. Susan Hazan, Co-Chair, EVA/Minerva 2016

13:00-14:00 - Lunch break
* Coffee shops and restaurants are located in the new building and in the vicinity of the Van Leer Institute in Aza Street

Auditorium Upper Hall

The Interactive Museum

Francesca Guerrera, Co-Founder & Director | Art Wonder Ltd - Museums' Interactive App | Museum Ambassador of European Network | eCult Observatory |
The responsive museum

Prof. Paulo Martinez, ICOM Brazil and the UNESP, São Paulo State University
Environmental History & Cultural Landscape; University, Cooperation, Sustainability

Alan J. Wecker, M.Sc., Doctoral candidate, Information Systems, University of Haifa, Israel, DISI, University of Trento, Italy, Senior ACM Member
In the framework of the PIL project, which Prof. Tsvi Kuflik has directed at the University of Haifa as part of a long lasting set of Israeli-Italian collaboration projects, a “Living Lab” has been developed – including a museum visitors’ guide system was developed for the Hecht museum, located at the University of Haifa. The system was available for visitors on a daily basis for over three years and served (and continues to serve) also as a test bed for experimenting with novel technologies in the museum at the same time. The system is being used for research on Social Signal Processing, where we monitor signals transmitted by devices carried by the visitors that are used for modeling group behavior, in order to reason about the state of the group visit. At various points, the system may intervene and offer them various services in a non-intrusive manner, applying interrupt management techniques. Moreover, the use of a variety presentation devices and methods for individuals and groups in active environment is explored, including personal devices, large screens and mobile projectors.

EHRI (European Holocaust Research Infrastructure) and Yad Vashem as a Model for International Cooperation between Archives in the Digital Age

Dr. Haim Gertner
, Director Archives Division Yad Vashem, Fred Hillman Chair of Holocaust Documentation, EHRI Executive Team
EHRI and Yad Vashem: A New Model for Digital Archival Cooperation
Funded by the European Commission, EHRI's mission is to support the Holocaust research community by building a digital infrastructure and facilitating human networks. EHRI provides online access to information about widely dispersed sources relating to the Holocaust through its Online Portal and tools and methods that enable researchers and archivists to collaboratively work with such sources.


Dr. Kepa Rodriguez, Data and Content Specialist, Archives Division, Yad Vashem
Integration and Retrieval of Heterogeneous Archival Metadata
The Holocaust happened in a very broad geographical area. Therefore the documentation of the events was catalogued in different languages, with different perspectives and following very different methodologies. An additional problem is the lack of standardization in a significant number of archival institutions; consequently, data integration and information retrieval are very challenging tasks. In this lecture we will present the EHRI project approach to resolving, at least partially, this problematic situation. First of all we will present our approach for formal integration of the metadata from different provenances, following standard exchange protocols. In connection with the problem of information retrieval, we will present the EHRI methodology for the generation of controlled vocabularies, which is mostly data driven and includes the extraction and validation of new vocabulary items during the integration process. The goal of this process is to find semantic relationships between different metadata records and help the user to retrieve multilingual data.

Sigal Arie-Erez, Director, Cataloguing Department, Archives Division, Yad Vashem
Reconnecting the Past: How to Link Archival Descriptions – the EHRI Portal Model
In the EHRI portal there are descriptions of collections from hundreds of archives. Multiple institutions hold fully or partly copied archival materials and have made these available for research in their respective repositories. The relationships between originals and copies is often unknown. EHRI aims to find ways to identify and reconnect originals and copies and to provide the research community and the public with access to the information.  This presentation will discuss ways to identify relationships between the different collection descriptions in the EHRI portal as well options for linking them, both in theory and in practice.

Auditorium Upper Hall

Users engagement in cultural heritage

Vassilis Tzouvaras, National Technical University of Athens
Crowdsourcing Campaign for Metadata Enrichments, the Europeana Sounds Case Study

Marco Rendina, Europeana Fashion International Association
Creative re-use of digital content, the co-creation methodology in Europeana Fashion

Natasa Sofou, National Technical University of Athens
A New Open Tool for Content presentation, curation and enrichment, the WITH Platform


Börje Justrell,
Riksarkivet, Project Coordinator, and Bert Lemmens
PREFORMA Project / Long term preservation

  • Contextual information: role of Preforma in the overall field of digital preservation
    • Governance
    • Dealing with with legacy files, (TIFF or MXF)
    • Feasibility of digital preservation for small organisations/collections that do not have access to large-scale infrastructures
    • Important to act pro-active
  • Semantic Preservation
  • Logical Preservation > PREFORMA conformance checker

  • Bit Preservation


Thursday 10 November

8:30 -11:00 Registration and refreshments
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Panel: Text & Script analysis in Jewish Studies (English)

Debora Marques de Matos, Institute of Jewish Studies, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster, Germany; Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College, London
Beyond digitalization: SephardiPal as a digital tool for script and decoration analysis

Michael Satlow, Brown University
Inscriptions of Israel/Palestine: A Digital Project

Daniel Stoeckl ben Ezra, EPHE, Sorbonne, France
Hayim Lapin, University of Maryland, US
Building the Next Genration of Resources for Cultural Heritage Digital Texts: Mishna and Tosefta

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Panel: Biblical and Talmudic Research Projects (Hebrew)

Yehoshua Reiss,
Herzog College Revolutionizing the Study of Tanakh

Oren Ableman and Orit Rosengarten, Israel Antiquities Authority
The Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library: Digitizing and Cataloging the Dead Sea Scrolls

Jonathan Ben-Dov, University of Haifa
Scripta Qumranica Electronica: Dead Sea Scrolls Aggregated Database and Virtual Research Environment

Menachem Katz, The Open University of Israel, The Friedberg Jewish Manuscript Society
Hillel Gershuni,
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, The Friedberg Jewish Manuscript Society
Categorization of Textual Variants in Digital Synopses and its Research Potential

13:00-14:00 - Lunch
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Panel: Jewish Culture & Society in Digital Research Projects

Edwin Seroussi and Josef Sprinzak, Da'at Hamakom Center for the Study of Cultures of Place in Jewish Modernity, The Hebrew University
Mapping Jewish Culture in Time and Place: The Interactive Map of Da'at Hamakom

Zef Segal, Da'at Hamakom Center for the Study of Cultures of Place in Jewish Modernity, The Hebrew University
The Evolution of an international social Network: Ha-me'asef Periodical, 1896-1904

Ronit Gadish and Alexander Vainer, The Academy of the Hebrew Language
Hebrew Terminology: Presentation of Data and Technological Challenges

Alex Valdman, The Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People and the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Jewish Documentary Heritage Online: The Yerusha Project at the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People
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Round Table: Open Access of Digital Data in Jewish Studies (English)
Chair: Sinai Rusinek, Jpress, Digital Humanities, Israel, Contributions to the HIstory of Concepts
Susan Hazan, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Harvard
Michael Satlow, Brown University
Eyal Reuven, National Library
Aharon Varady, The Open Siddur Project
Aharon Varady is a community planner and Jewish educator working to expand the public Commons for re-creation whether that be the physical and natural commons of an urban park system or the creative and cultural commons of a shared collection of digitized Judaica. Since 2009, he has directed the Open Siddur, a digital humanities project he founded to develop an open-source web-to-print publishing tool for crafting print-ready prayer books from a libre open access archive of literature and art -- historic and contemporary, familiar and obscure, in every language that Jews pray or have ever prayed. The project is non-denominational and non-prescriptive.