The 18th World Congress of Jewish Studies

Diachronic Curation in the Posen Digital Library

The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization is in the process of redeveloping its digital archive of primary sources. The new site is scheduled to launch in Summer 2022; the Congress will be its first unveiling.

The Posen Library is curated by scholars in all disciplines of Jewish studies. It currently includes 3000+ excerpts from thousands of documents and artifacts, presented in English, including many original translations from 20 languages. When complete, it will reflect worldwide Jewish creativity, diversity, and culture, spanning biblical times to the 21st century. A total of 8,000–10,000 entries is expected.

In this roundtable, I will discuss the opportunities and challenges of digital curations. Specifically, diachronic and synoptic curation. Challenges include decisions about changes in place names, specific dates vs. date ranges.