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New opportunities through digital humanities

“We hope that by the end of this workshop, we might develop another joint digital humanities project that will use the latest research methodologies to make the historical information in the ITS digital archive available to more people.” Christine Schmidt, Deputy Director and Head of Research at the Wiener Library, expects interesting results from the current workshop on Digital Humanities and the ITS Archive. The workshop takes place in London on November 13 and 14 and is the third event in the series on Improving Access to the International Tracing Service Digital Archive. The Wiener Library, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and the International Tracing Service (ITS) are joint organizers.

Henning Borggräfe, Head of Research and Education, and Christian Groh, Head of the Archive, are representing the ITS at the workshop and presenting current projects. Since the workshop is being held at the Wiener Library, it also involves discussion with scholars from the Digital Humanities department of King's College London. This will be followed on November 15 by a meeting of the EHRI Work Package 14, which is also dedicated to the topic of digital humanities, specifically interactive maps with georeferenced documents and projects.

The new European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is another subject of discussion at the workshop in London. “We’ll also be exploring data protection and the impact of the GDPR on the exchange of data between ITS archive copyholders in the context of future projects,” Christine Schmidt said.