Bringing It All Together: Integrating Text, Audio, Metadata, GIS, and Scholarly Criticism in a Holocaust Oral History Archive

Eben English

Abstract


There are numerous archives of Holocaust survivor testimony in existence today. However, very few of these collections are available online, and even fewer use standards-based text-encoding and markup practices, resulting in ineffective online dissemination and diminished prospects for preservation. This poster presentation will showcase the achievements of the Voices of the Holocaust project (http://voices.iit.edu), an online collection of interviews with Holocaust survivors conducted in the immediate aftermath of World War II. The collection deftly integrates multiple data sets and media types for each interview, and is poised to serve as a “best practices” model for other survivor testimony archives digitizing their own collections.

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