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DigiTalks: A Mellon Digital Humanities Conversation with Edwin Klijn 'Why We Need Digital Collections'

The Andrew W. Mellon Digital Humanities Fellows at the University of Rochester are pleased to invite you to attend our first DigiTalk of the Spring 2021 semester. This talk will feature an interactive discussion with Edwin Klijn, Project Manager, at the Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Edwin specializes in electronic publishing, digitalization, web development, automated text recognition, linked data, project management, and the NSB (National Socialist Movement in the Netherlands).

He has published on mass digitization, image banks, and the preservation and digitization of photo and audiovisual collections. In addition, he wrote in a personal capacity, together with Robin te Slaa, De NSB. Origin and rise of the National Socialist Movement 1931-1935 (Amsterdam 2009) nominated for the Libris History Prize 2010. The follow-up of this publication will be published in the spring of 2021. (

Edwin’s recent projects include TRIADO, Tribunal Archives as Digital Research Facilities, see; and War Lives ( winner of GLAMi Awards 2020 in category: Exhibition or Collection Extension: Web.

For years the raw materials for historians have been analog collections hidden in vaults of archival institutions. Digitization, linked data, and artificial intelligence technology have revolutionized the accessibility of cultural heritage collections, radically changing the work methods of historians. Edwin has been involved in the digitization of heritage collections since 2001. He is interested in highlighting some of the new opportunities, but also the challenges of opening up historical collections online for scholars and the general public.  

He will explain the theoretical background and show practical examples from Digital Humanities projects and websites from cultural institutes holding the digital collections. He will encourage the audience to actively participate in his talk and – like him – contemplate the long-term consequences of the digital revolution for humanities research, in particular historical science.

Register online. *A zoom link will be sent out the Wednesday before the event.

Thursday, February 25 at 3:00pm to 4:30pm

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