iSchool's DCIC undertakes project on research of Nazi-era cultural property

iSchool's DCIC undertakes project on research of Nazi-era cultural property

From Chris Naylor, Deputy Chief Operating Officer of NARA and Dr. Conny Kristel Project Director, EHRI NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Amsterdam:

"Since 2010, The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has hosted the International Research Portal on our website to provide researchers with links to archival materials at participating institutions, consisting of descriptions of records and, in many cases, digital images of the records that relate to cultural property that was stolen, looted, seized, forcibly sold, or otherwise lost during the Nazi era.   The International Research Portal has been an important resource for provenance, claims, and academic researchers to locate relevant archival materials across institutions.  We are very appreciative of all the content provided by each participating institution.

Over the past few years, the Digital Curation Innovation Center in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, has undertaken a project to develop a capability to search across many of the resources available through the Portal.  We are very pleased to inform you that the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) has agreed to host the enhanced International Research Portal for Records Related to Nazi-era Cultural Property as part of the suite of Holocaust-related research resources available through the EHRI website.  EHRI, as you may be aware, is a project sponsored by the European Union which is identifying Holocaust-related documentation in repositories throughout Europe and beyond, and is making the information about these collections digitally available.

This enhanced version of the Portal will maintain all the content and links provided on the current version on NARA’s website, but will also include the enhanced capability to search simultaneously across several of the Portal resources that previously had to be accessed individually.  We believe this additional capability will greatly improve the ability of researchers to access archival materials across multiple institutions in a timely fashion while conducting cross-institutional research.  NARA will continue to partner with EHRI to ensure the ongoing success of the International Research Portal.

The current plan is to transition the International Research Portal to the EHRI website on May 15, 2017.  In the meantime, we encourage you to explore the enhancements that have been made by accessing the updated version of the Portal at http://irp2.ehri-project.eu.  Once the Portal has transitioned to EHRI custodianship, please address any questions or updates to Reto Speck at reto.speck@kcl.ac.uk, who will be responsible for operational issues pertaining to the Portal.
We very much look forward to working with each of the Portal’s participating institutions as we continue to make these incredibly rich resources available to an ever expanding base of researchers for whom the information contained in the Portal’s resources are so important."