Access for All, Community Participation
Third, our goal is to enable free use of the materials for study and research purposes (and not commercial use), and therefore, a special and unprecedented effort was invested in inquiring as to the copyrights on the material and receiving permission from the owners of the rights to make it accessible.
Fourth, since ephemera, both in the National Library and in other collections, are usually catalogued in files, i.e. a group of items catalogued as one, a special effort was made to describe each item participating in the project. The goal of this effort is to enable intelligent location of each item individually in the search engine. At this stage the project has its own "Merhav" system, which is not integrated into the library's general "Merhav" system.
Finally, in this project we are activating a crowd sourcing system for the first time, based on the assumption that there is such a large quantity of material that cataloguing each item exceeds the processing capacity of our librarians and archivists. Large numbers of people who have specific knowledge about events, individuals and places that appear in publications of project participants, can thus contribute information that is one-of-a-kind. This system, which we have named "Osei he-Chayil", is already active. Anyone who wishes to join is warmly welcomed.
The project reached its successful completion with the assistance of many individuals in the library, foremost Adi Zamir, who directed it, and Maayan Almagor, who worked by her side and today is the manager of "Osei he-Chayil." Bearing the burden of the project's ongoing tasks are Ariel Viterbo, the archivist of our ephemera collection, and the employees of the digitization center.
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