EHRI Workshops

EHRI Workshop Publishing Finding Aids

Starting in the first half of 2016, EHRI will organize at least seven workshops (hosted by our partners in Europe, Israel and the USA), for multidisciplinary groups of experts and other interested individuals, including researchers, archivists, conservators, technology experts, and representatives from relevant intitiatives and projects. The calls of these workshops are published on this page. You can read reports of workshops that have already taken place by clicking on the titles.


List of EHRI Workshops, phase 1 (2010-2015).

Photo:EHRI Workshop on Publishing Finding Aids, DANS, 2015


Call for Proposals for EHRI Workshop on The Holocaust and Knowledge Dissemination in the Digital Age

Engaging New Generations: The Holocaust and Knowledge Dissemination in the Digital Age

9 November 2017

Location: NIOD, Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Amsterdam

Young people often combine a great interest in the Holocaust with a low level of knowledge. That, at least, was the outcome of a recent digital survey that was conducted by EHRI with respondents from a variety of ages, education levels and nationalities. For these same young people, the Internet is the first place they turn to when searching for information. As a result, digital media are crucial when developing tools to address new generations and the way they relate to the Holocaust. The recent Yolocaust-internet-art-project – that combined selfies from the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin with footage from Nazi extermination camps – might have been controversial but also shows par excellence the potential of digital media in this field. The project – already removed from the Internet – exposed the way young tourists behaved at the monument and contributed to (self-reflective) critical discussion.

At the conference ‘Engaging New Generations; The Holocaust and Knowledge Dissemination in the Digital Age’ we will question how recent digital developments, in particular those driven by creative and digital industries, can support Holocaust-related cultural and research institutions to extend their societal outreach. We focus on young people as a target group of consumers and – where possible – as producers of (digital) knowledge. We intend to bring together researchers and representatives of small and medium sized enterprises that contribute to Holocaust-related knowledge dissemination. In addition, we also aim to evaluate experiences with and discussions about (un)conventional non-digital media and explore recent comparable developments in the field of Genocide Studies.

Deadline for submission of proposals: 31 July 2017

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Call for Proposals for EHRI Workshop on Authenticating Holocaust Documentation

Standing up to Scrutiny: Authenticating Holocaust Documentation

23-25 October 2017

Location: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC, USA

Call for Proposals for an international EHRI workshop on authenticating Holocaust documentation to be held at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, on October 23–25, 2017.

For any field, ensuring authenticity is essential. All disciplines have confronted forgeries, and Holocaust studies is no different. We rely on authentic documentation to provide the foundation for Holocaust education and to combat Holocaust denial, revisionism, and minimization. Holocaust documentation exists in many formats: print, textiles, objects, photography, film, and recorded sound. This historical record has been gathered by institutions around the world. Ensuring the safety, accessibility, and authenticity of these materials is a fundamental duty of all Holocaust collection-holding institutions, especially as we make this documentation accessible to the broadest audiences through digitization and online access.

Non-authentic documentation can include misinterpreted and misrepresented documents, altered authentic documents, and outright fakes. Holocaust organizations rely on both forensic and historical evaluation to determine authenticity. This workshop will bring together experts to share experiences and best practices for acquiring collections and identifying non-authentic materials and/or provenance.

This workshop for experts is organized within the framework of the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) program, supported by the European Commission. EHRI was launched in November 2010 and is dedicated to opening up collections related to Holocaust history within a web-based environment. The overall objective of the EHRI workshops is to generate a creative exchange of knowledge and views between experts in various methodological subfields of Holocaust research and documentation.

Deadline for submission of proposals: 10 July 2017 (extended) THIS CALL IS CLOSED.

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Call for Papers for an EHRI Workshop on Data Sharing, Holocaust Documentation and the Digital Humanities

Data Sharing, Holocaust Documentation and the Digital Humanities. Best Practices, Case Studies, Benefits

29-30 June 2017

Location: Centro di Documentazione Ebraica Contemporanea - CDEC Foundation and the Università Cà Foscari, Venice, Italy

In conjunction with the international LODLAM Summit, Venice, 28th-29th June 2017

We would like to invite you to participate in the international workshop on" Data Sharing, Holocaust Documentation and the Digital Humanities. Best Practices, Case Studies, Benefits", to be held in Venice on 29-30 June 2017.

Launched in November 2010, the main goal of EHRI is the implementation of a research infrastructure, which enables collaborative work in Holocaust research and documentation. As part of the infrastructure work, EHRI integrates archival metadata across institutional, national and language boundaries, making it searchable and helping researchers to find relationships between archival collections. This context makes the deployment of efficient data collection, sharing, processing and integration technologies and approaches (including semantic technologies) crucial to achieve success in the implementation of the infrastructure.

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The EHRI workshops are organized for the purpose of generating a creative exchange of knowledge and views between professionals in various subfields of Holocaust research and documentation, along with experts outside the field of Holocaust studies who can share their experience and methodologies.

Together with the development of data sharing utilities for collection holding institutions, EHRI develops controlled vocabularies such as authority lists of people, corporate bodies, Holocaust related entities like ghettos, camps or administrative districts of occupied territories as well as a hierarchy of concepts for the indexing and retrieval of Holocaust related archival material.

We aim to share this knowledge with other research communities.

The aims of the workshop are:

  • Presenting the state of the art of data sharing practices and technologies starting from the experiences and results obtained in the EHRI project
  • Discussing the usability and potential of data sharing in the Humanities
  • Investigating the possible connections between the EHRI Project and other Research Infrastructures and Digital Humanities Projects

Deadline for submission of abstractions: 2 May 2017. THIS CALL IS CLOSED!

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Call for Applications for an EHRI Workshop on Online Access of Holocaust Documents

Online Access of Holocaust Documents: Ethical and Practical Challenges

6-8 June 2017

Location: the "Elie Wiesel” National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania, Bucharest, Romania

We would like to invite you to an international EHRI workshop on Online Access of Holocaust Documents: Ethical and Practical Challenges to be held by the "Elie Wiesel” National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania, Bucharest, on 6-8 June 2017.

This international workshop addresses museum and archive professionals as well as Holocaust scholars and Digital Humanities professionals.

Holocaust documentation is of great interest to the wide public: scholars, museum and archive professionals, educators, journalists, survivors and their families and the general public. Open access to this material has an important role in facilitating research and Holocaust education and in fostering a remembrance culture. In the digital and information age, the free flow of information is considered a key contributor in providing access to knowledge. The emerging field of Digital Humanities provides the tools for making information accessible, by bringing online documents and artifacts held by collection holding institutions. In order to enable online access of Holocaust documents, national and international legal policies, as well as institutional guidelines, need to be considered, and technical challenges need to be surmounted. Providing online access to the archival information poses significant ethical and practical challenges.

Deadline for submission of proposals: 9 March 2017. This call is closed!

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Call for Applications for an EHRI Workshop on Holocaust Archival Film Footage

Holocaust Archival Film Footage as a Historical Source. Methodology and Ethics in the Digital Era

19-21 September 2016

Location: Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Israel

We would like to invite you to participate in the international workshop on Holocaust archival film footage to be held at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem on 19-21 September, 2016.

Archival Footage is filmed documentation of historical or personal events created by official authorities, local entities, and individuals, professionals as well as amateurs. Archival footage is an important source for Holocaust research, and it is a major element in the construction of the visual memory of the Holocaust. As such, it is a highly important source of information on individuals and communities; it has a significant role in shaping Holocaust consciousness, commemoration and scholarly research, especially in the current audio-visual digital era. This footage should be approached as any other historical document: it should be viewed critically, and cross-referenced with other sources before it is catalogued and utilized in any context.

Deadline for Applications: 1 June 2016. This call is closed!

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EHRI Workshop: Publishing Finding Aids in a Digitally Joined-up World

17 November 2015

Location: DANS, The Hague, The Netherlands

You are cordially invited to an EHRI workshop at DANS, in The Hague, the Netherlands, on 17 November 2015 on the topic of workflows that archives use to catalogue and publish information about their holdings. The workshop aims to get input from people who are part of the cataloguing workflow.


How do you make people more aware about your archival holdings? Is it difficult and time-consuming to reach your public digitally? Would you like to communicate to your website users that you are part of a digital infrastructure and the advantages this brings? Are you part of a project that wants your institution to provide metadata but you run into technical problems and need specialist skills?

The European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) would like to help archives to publish their finding aids in ways that are useful for people and for computers; after all computers are now users too!

Deadline for Applications: 9 November, 2015. This call is now closed!

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