"Facilitating archival research on the study of the turbulent 1940s" online discussion


In the context of the Greek Infrastructure for Digital Arts, Humanities and Language Research and Innovation, APOLLONIS, a designated Task Force led by DCU/IMSI/ATHENA R.C. focuses on identifying and supporting the workflows that researchers need to follow to perform specific research while jointly accessing disparate archives.

Using the decade of 1940s as a use case, a turbulent period in Greek history due to its significant events (WWII, Occupation, Opposition, Liberation, Civil War), the Task Force assembled digitized historical archives, coming from different providers and shedding light on different historical aspects of these events.

When this work is finalized, the users of APOLLONIS will be able to explore this content in new and innovative ways, with access to different and disparate archives as well as to curated and enriched resources. Moreover, the users will be offered different curation and content analysis workflows, which they will be able to perform themselves both within and outside the infrastructure.

Based on this work and in collaboration with Europeana Research, we would like to invite you to join discussions in a digital panel which will seek to address and expand on the following questions:

  • What are the particularities of archives and collections holding resources on the 1940s?
  • What are the users’ needs when interacting with archival resources on the 1940s?
  • What are the main challenges faced by archives and collections holding resources on the 1940s?
  • How can we deal with the heterogeneity, both in terms of structure and semantics?
  • What are the digital tools one can use in order to integrate resources and study them as a whole?
  • What if users are unfamiliar with the methods and tools available?

List of Speakers:

Maria Spiliotopoulou (Researcher, Modern Greek History Research Centre, Academy of Athens, National Coordinator for DARIAH-GR), Digital history portals: a tool for modern Greek history

Stathis Pavlopoulos (Historian, Contemporary Social History Archives / ASKI), Makronissos Digital Museum: A digital insight of the traumatic legacies of the Greek Civil War

Maria Ilvanidou (Researcher, DCU/IMSI/ATHENA R.C. and Athens University of Economics and Business), From archives to digital research infrastructures: towards a thematic micro-infrastructure for the study of Greece in the 1940s

Victor-Jan Vos (Head Collections and Services, NIOD), Accessing the Dutch records of World War II via the NIOD Institute

Veerle Vanden Daelen (Deputy General Director & Curator, Kazerne Dossin), The European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) as a routeplanner for Holocaust research: experiences, challenges and plans for the future

The online event will be moderated by Agiatis Benardou (DCU/IMSI/ATHENA R.C. and Athens University of Economics and Business).

The online event will be held on Zoom on Thursday, September 10th, between 14.00 and 16.00 CEST.

Register here!