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Visual History of the Holocaust: Rethinking Curation in the Digital Age

Objective

The Holocaust is a central reference point for European history and a ‘negative founding myth’ of European integration. VHH is an innovation action that focuses on the digital curation and preservation of film records relating to the discovery of Nazi concentration camps and other atrocity sites. We combine state-of-the-art concepts and practices from information science, museum pedagogy and digital storytelling to design a new approach for the engagement with a significant aspect of European audio-visual heritage. While the majority of these film records are in the public domain as they were produced by Allied military personnel on government order, hardly any of them are available in digital formats fit for the purposes of technology enabled research, analysis, and curatorial re-use. Building on the advanced digitisation of a relevant selection of these materials VHH will develop new methods in digital curation and apply sophisticated technologies to the analysis and time-based annotation of these historical materials. Filmic records will be dynamically linked with photographs, audio, and texts in order to discover and unlock layers of context and meaning inaccessible through traditional linear narrative modes of dissemination. Our aim is to develop a ground-breaking inclusive concept of digital curation to innovate curatorial work with digitised film and media collections and to create best practice models and tool kits for advanced digitisation, automated analysis, linking of different media types, and the linking of tangible and intangible assets. VHH will develop new forms of learning experiences and user interaction with the digital data and the stories contained in it. We will curate a discrete set of engagement levels to facilitate users’ engagement and co-creation. The resulting prototype applications will deliver new impulses to a range of industry sectors in education, museums, libraries and archives, cultural tourism and the content industries.
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Coordinator

LUDWIG BOLTZMANN GESELLSCHAFT OSTERREICHISCHE VEREINIGUNG ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTLICHEN FORSCHUNG

Address

Nussdorfer Strasse 64/6
1090 Wien

Austria

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 863 823,75

Participants (12)

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OSTERREICHISCHES FILMMUSEUM VEREIN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 638 663,75

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 660 171,25

JUSTUS-LIEBIG-UNIVERSITAET GIESSEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 525 000

THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 292 000

UNIVERSITAET BREMEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 341 863,75

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 387 973,75

RTD SERVICES OG

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 206 915,63

STIFTUNG BAYRISCHE GEDENKSTATTEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 48 870

STIFTUNG NIEDERSACHSISCHE GEDENKSTATTEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 94 000

BUNDESANSTALT KZ-GEDENKSTATTE MAUTHAUSEN/MAUTHAUSEN MEMORIAL

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 85 150

DFF - DEUTSCHES FILMINSTITUT & FILMMUSEUM

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 175 441,25

MAX.RECALL INFORMATION SYSTEM GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 669 812,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 822670

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2019

  • End date

    31 December 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.6.2.2.

H2020-EU.3.6.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 365 426,25

  • EU contribution

    € 4 989 685,63

Coordinated by:

LUDWIG BOLTZMANN GESELLSCHAFT OSTERREICHISCHE VEREINIGUNG ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTLICHEN FORSCHUNG

Austria