In this lightning talk, Deimosa Webber-Bey will discuss the research, documentation and metadata work that went into creating the Oral History Project for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). The JDC is a worldwide humanitarian relief organization created during World War I to provide relief to Jewish communities in Europe. The JDC was instrumental during WWII in getting Jews out of Nazi-occupied Europe, and resettling Jews after the war through Displaced Persons Camps. In the 1980s the JDC began interviewing former staff in order to document their experiences in the field and the impact of the organization. These tapes were made accessible to Pratt SILS in order to facilitate learning with a hands-on digitization project for LIS 665-02 Projects in Digital Archives. In this class project, students worked collaboratively to transform the collection of analog oral histories into a web-based digital archive. Deimosa will focus most closely on the research, documentation and metadata aspects.
This project uses data generated in LIS 643 and network visualization software used in LIS 658 to analyze participants’ grouping of web pages during a cardsort exercise and explores the efficacy of using network visualizations of this data.
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