In my last blog post I introduced Germany’s largest genealogical association “Verein für Computergenealogie” and itscrowd-sourcing platform DES. The DES has an easy-to-use browser-based interface that heavily contributed to the motivation of the volunteers. We used the DES to realize our biggestsingle-source project so far, the in-depth-indexing of theGerman WW1 casualty lists. This source comprises 31,000 newspaper-format pages displaying more than 8.5 million entries. With the help of approx. 700 volunteers we finished this enormous task within 32 months—on time for the WW1 centenary in August 2014. The completion sent positive waves throughout German media. Now, we also use the DES for several other sources, such as other casualty lists, historic city directories, civil registry records, church records, and many more. Association for computer genealogy – short: CompGen #2 weiterlesen →
by Mirna Willer, University of Zadar, Department of Information Sciences
Konferencija i škola o autoritetu, provenijenciji, autentičnosti i dokazima (Conference and School on Authority, Provenance, Authenticity, Evidence: APAE) održana je u Zadru od 18. do 21. listopada 2016. u organizaciji Odjela za informacijske znanosti Sveučilišta u Zadru i suorganizaciji dvaju sveučilišta – UCLA, Los Angeles, USA, Department of Information Studies, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies i Karl-Franzens- University of Graz, Austria, VESTIGIA – Manuscript Research Centre, te ICARUS-a – International Centre for Archival Research, Vienna, Austria.
Since March 2015 the “Verein für Computergenealogie” (association for computer genealogy – or short CompGen) is a member of ICARUS. In this article I would like to introduce the association and some of its projects.
With more than 3,700 members CompGen is the largest genealogical association in Germany. It was founded in 1989 and quickly gained popularity (and members) by taking chances on a then young technology, the internet. CompGen is a non-profit organization and is completely funded by member fees. As an advocate for open-access data, CompGen surely had a share in the fact that the genealogical market in Germany is different than in other countries. Under our ‚brand‘ genealogy.net we offer a variety of information infrastructure. The “Verein für Computergenealogie” – association for computer genealogy – short: CompGen weiterlesen →
Portugal was one of the pioneering countries in incorporating in its legal system a law to abolish the death penalty for civil crimes.
On 26 June 1867, as part of the changing of the Penal Code and Prison Reform, the Justice Minister, Augusto César Barjona de Freitas, won the parliamentary vote, with two abstentions and two votes against, to abolish the death penalty, which he described as the “penalty that pays for blood with blood, that kills but does not correct, that avenges but does not improve and, usurping God in the prerogatives of life and closing the door to repentance, extinguishes in the heart of the condemned all hope of redemption, putting the fallibility of human justice up against the darkness of an irreparable punishment.” King Luís sanctioned this Parliamentary Decree with the Charter of Law, published on 1 July 1867. 150th Anniversary of the Abolition of the Death Penalty in Portugal (1867-2017) weiterlesen →
Under the motto “The Age of Technology: Documents, Archives and Society” a wide range of speakers from the Iberian Peninsula shared their experiences and expertises with the audience. The spectrum of speakers was expanded by further presentations from colleagues of our ICARUS network. The conference offered a truly multi-facetted insight into current projects and developments of the European archival landscape in the digital age. ICARUS-Meeting #20 | The Age of Digital Technology: Documents, Archives and Society weiterlesen →
Von einer ungewöhnlichen und erfolgreichen Kooperation zwischen einem Stadtarchiv, dem Institut für Stadtgeschichte Frankfurt am Main (ISG), und einer Künstlergruppe soll an dieser Stelle kurz berichtet werden. „Poetry Exercises: an archive of (un)familiar things“, konzipiert von Marialena Marouda, ist ein performatives Archiv, dass vom 26. bis 28. Oktober 2016 erstmals in Deutschland öffentlich präsentiert werden konnte. Eine Kunst-Performance im Archiv: Poetry Exercises: an archive of (un)familiar things weiterlesen →
The Jardin d’Isabelle (French for ‚Garden of Isabelle‘) is called after the unreachable love of Charles Beltjens, Isabelle de Borman. Charles Beltjens (1832-1890) was a Dutch poet. He wrote his poems in French as he unfolded his poetic wings in France. He won important literature awards in Belgium and France and was in contact with famous French poets such as Victor Hugo, Charles Baudelaire and Sully Prudhomme, the first Nobel Prize winner in literature. Secret gardens of Sittard: Lemniscate-walk weiterlesen →
In the city of Sittard-Geleen in the most southern part of the Netherlands, about 20 kilometers north of Maastricht seems little place for green. When you approach the city one can see at first glance a lot of industrial activity. Indeed, VDL Nedcar, the immense Chemelot Campus and several other industrial areas partly determine the identity and provide many neccessary jobs for the nearly 100,000 residents of the city. Of course, in the still largely rural former municipality of Born, and in some rural fringes of Sittard you can still expect the green countryside, but in the centers? Sittard is an old city, where normally traditionally little green is present, the old mining city of Geleen has in particular a lot of industry. Only insiders know that in Geleen most streets and neighborhoods have a very green appearance, and Sittard has many green oases in the middle of the city. Sittard Secret gardens… weiterlesen →
The Regional State Archives in Visby is a department of the Swedish National Archive since 2010 and hosted our ICARUS-Meeting #17 tackling major topics of the co:op project of how to sustainably and resourcefully bridge archives and the general public.
The participants of the meeting were not only able to learn more about the best of Estonian digital heritage projects as well as the National Archives‘ best practices but also about cooperation projects across national borders. Furthermore, the event informed onEstonian e-Resedency, a transnational digital identity.
The ICARUS Didactics Group invited to a workshop on the Topotheques by the example of the Museum of Agricultural Sciences (MUSA) in Italy (click here for more information).
In einem eineinhalbstündigen Dokumentarfilm hat Bernhard Hetzenauer das Leben der von Prag nach Quito emigrierten Jüdin Vera Kohn eingefangen. Vier Jahre lang arbeitete er an dem Oral-History-Portrait der 98-jährigen Psychotherapeutin und Zen-Meisterin und sammelte dazu auch Archivmaterial aus Ecuador und der ehemaligen österreichisch-ungarischen Monarchie. In einem Gespräch mit „insights“ erzählt Hetzenauer, wie der Blick des Filmemachers jenen des Historikers ergänzen kann. Interview mit Bernhard Hetzenauer: Erinnerung ist immer Konstruktion weiterlesen →
In his 90-minute documentary film, Bernhard Hetzenauer has captured the life of Vera Kohn, a Jewish woman who emigrated from Prague to Quito. The work on the oral history portrait of the 98-year old psychotherapist and zen master took four years. In its course, he also collected archival material in Ecuador and the former Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. In an interview with “insights”, Hetzenauer talks about how the filmmaker’s perspective can complement that of the historian. Interview with Bernhard Hetzenauer: Like film, memory is always a construction weiterlesen →
by Liivi Uuet, Archivist of the National Archives of Estonia
Tallinn cargo harbour was festively decorated with the flags of the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic and Finland in the morning of July 7, 1965: motor vessel Vanemuine was sent to its maiden journey from Tallinn to Helsinki which restored regular ferry service between Tallinn and Helsinki. The 1,000-ton vessel was built in Bulgaria the previous year. After official speeches, it started its journey to Helsinki where it was welcomed with similar festivity: the harbour was decorated with flags, press conference was held and official receptions took place at the town government of Helsinki and in the Finnish-Soviet Society of Friendship. It was the year 1965 – the re-establishing of the regular ferry service between Helsinki and Tallinn weiterlesen →
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