Wednesday, June 25, 2008

בית הספרים הלאומי והאוניברסיטאי

Notes on "Tradition, Text, & Technology" AJL session in Cleveland 6/25/08

Prof. Carl Posy reviewed history of JNUL, and current efforts to separate national library collections from those of the Hebrew University. Effort supported by Rothschild's Yad ha-Nadiv.

Followed up by Prof. Elhanan Adler on "Creation of Full text Archive of Historical Jewish Press." JNUL announced Historic Newspapers project, 2004, issues largely digitized from microfilm copies. Biggest challenge was subject indexing, though helped by unpublished Yad Ben Zvi index. Aleph Software company has provided technical support at cost. OCR is a challenge because of similarity of certain Hebrew characters and Rashi script. Segmentation is used to identify pictures, headlines, body of text, separate articles, etc. Data to be indexed eventually in Google News.

Not quite related to JNUL, but followed by Yossi Galron on "Lexicon of Modern Hebrew Literature ", now in its fourth year of operation. Specifically focused this talk on Almagor's "Shakespeare from Right to Left", newly integrated into the Lexicon.

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