A Workshop on War Letters (in the Digital Age)

Milan Lange, van, Nina Janz

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Since the introduction of Transkribus, a platform for digitization and transcription of historical documents, several projects working with collections of handwritten personal correspondence from before, during, and after World War II have emerged. In these projects, digitization includes scanning, transcribing, annotating, and curating digital versions of historical ‘egodocuments’. These different transformative processes come, however, with a series of problems, challenges, and questions. In January 2022, Nina Janz (Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History, C2DH) and Milan van Lange (NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies) brought together various projects to identify these issues. In this blogpost, Janz and Van Lange reflect on this first step in building a community of interested researchers and archivists around problem-solving approaches to these issues.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherNIOD Instituut voor Oorlogs-, Holocaust- en Genocidestudies
Publication statusPublished - 17 Mar 2022


  • Digitization
  • datafication
  • citizen science
  • Transkribus
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Historical collections
  • archival sources
  • Archival science
  • workshops


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