Launched in November 2010, the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) is a four-year project aimed at supporting the European Holocaust research community by establishing unified online access to dispersed sources relating to the Holocaust all over Europe and Israel, and by encouraging collaborative research through the development of tools. To achieve this by 2014 twenty organizations - research institutions, libraries, archives, museums and memorial sites - from thirteen countries will work together.
Following the excellent work done by many organizations throughout Europe and Israel in collecting and saving documents, objects, photos, film and art related to the Holocaust, EHRI will enable bringing all these sources together and taking the research into this area several steps further. To this end, EHRI will design and implement a Virtual Research Environment (VRE) offering online access to a wide variety of dispersed Holocaust archives and to a number of tools to work with them. Building on integration programmes undertaken over the past decades by the twenty partners in the consortium and a large network of associate partners, EHRI sets out to transform the data available for Holocaust research around Europe and elsewhere into a cohesive body of resources.
In EHRI, the work of DCU addresses:
- The identification of the key stakeholders with which EHRI needs to engage
- The identification and analysis of scholarly research practices and use of archival materials in the area of holocaust studies
- The identification and analysis of scholarly research practices in the digital domain and how these might support and enhance research in Holocaust studies
- The creation of a set of data and functional requirements based upon the analysis of scholarly research practices