The Digital Humanities Israel website is offered by the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Library, University of Haifa, in the framework of the DESIR project for promoting open digital research infrastructures for the arts and humanities and the accession of Israel to DARIAH.

Who we are:
Project Desir Israel is supported by the team at Younes & Soraya Nazarian Library, University of Haifa and supervised by its academic director, Prof. Daphna Erdinast-Vulcan.

The project director is Ora Zehavi, Head of Media, Special collections and Archives Branch in Younes and Soraya Nazarian Library at the University of Haifa. She is also in charge of the Theater cluster in "The Digital Visual & Preforming Arts Project", Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage and  National Library.  The project coordinator is Dr. Sinai Rusinek, who teaches Digital Humanities at the Digital Humanities B.Sc. program and the Graduate School of History of Haifa University, and at the Bar Ilan graduate program for Science, Technology and Society.

Digital Heritage at the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Library at the University of Haifa
Cultural heritage preservation is part of the continuous development of the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Library at the University of Haifa, and embody the University of Haifa's vision of involvement in the community. The library's digital collections are made available via the library's Digital Media Center, contributing to the research and instruction in the University and beyond it. The library advises other academic libraries and companies in Israel, and is connected to important international institutions such as Europeana and the European Collected Library of Artistic Performance (ECLAP). The library has joined the Wikimedia GLAM project, working to make public-domain content from the local databases more accessible to the public for rightful use and distribution.

What is DARIAH?

DARIAH is a pan-european infrastructure (ERIC: a European Infrastructure Consortium) for arts and humanities scholars working with computational methods. It supports digital research as well as the teaching of digital research methods. The 
DARIAH-EU network connects several hundreds of scholars and dozens of research facilities in currently 17 european member countries, as well as several cooperating partner institutions and research projects across Europe.

Over the years Dariah has participated, initiated and provided framework for collaboration in several applications for large, European funded infrastructure project such as CENDARI (Collaborative European Digital Archive Infrastructure), PARTHENOS (Pooling Activities, Resources and Tools for Heritage E-research Networking, Optimization and Synergies), ARIADNE (Advanced Research Infrastructure for Archaeological Dataset Networking in Europe) and EHRI, The European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (to the full list of affiliated projects). While such projects are limited in time for the extent of the funding, Dariah provides a long term framework for  networking, preservation and dissmination and cares for the accessibility and sustainability of infrastructures, resources, data, tools and knowledge.

In the framework of the project DESIR, the University of Haifa's Younes and Soraya Nazarian Library is in charge of advocating and coordinating the accession of the state of Israel to DARIAH, aside five more accessing countries: Spain, Switzerland, Britain, Finland and the Czech Republic.

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