Anna Ania Michas

Education: MA University of Rochester, History; Andrew W. Mellon Advanced Residency Program in Photograph Conservation, Image Permanence Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, and George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY; Postgraduate Study in Culture Management, Warsaw School of Economics, Warsaw, Poland; MA, Nicholas Copernicus University, Torun, Poland, Conservation and Restoration of Art.

Bio: Ania Michas is a sixth-year PhD student in the Department of History and Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester.

Ania’s studies include modern European history and the democratization of art enabled by photography. Her dissertation examines the use of postcards by women as a tool for their emancipation and explores the role that postcards played in the development of feminist ideas. She is interested in how postcards served democracy as a “common experience” of communication and collecting.

By incorporating DH methods into her research, she hopes to reveal commonalities and outliers in the collections with which she works and to tie the stories of her dissertation more closely together.

Why We Need Digital Collections

Drs. Edwin Klijn, Project Manager, at the Institute for
War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam,
the Netherlands

3–4:30 PM, February 25, 2021
Virtual Meeting via Zoom

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Edwin Klijn 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; and War Lives winner of GLAMi Awards 2020 in category: Exhibition or Collection Extension: Web; see for jury report.

For years the raw materials for historians have been analogue 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 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.

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