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Crowdsourcing memories: The World Memory Project tells the story of the Holocaust digitally

Crowdsourcing memories: The World Memory Project tells the story of the Holocaust digitally

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Crowdsourcing memories: The World MemoryProject tells the story of the Holocaust digitally
,May 23, 2011
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Ancestry.com WorldMemory Project crowdsources memories to provide another way toremember and learn from the past.
People line up for the opening of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (Credit: AP)
(CBS/What's Trending) - The word memory evokes different things for many of us. In the digital age, memory has a double meaning, sometimes even more. Thereis cultural memory, and there is institutional memory. Then there's the collectiveglobal memory of humanity.Technology has infused us with ways to absorb more information, which in turncreates new avenues of memories and imbues old memories with new context.What if your memories were missing? Maybe even stolen from you by somehorrific event of the past, like the Holocaust and Nazi Persecution against the
Jewish people? Consider swapping
new forms of 
memories for
new avenues of 
 memories.Older generations can now join younger generations in utilizing the latesttechnology to keep the time honored tradition of storytelling as a basis for thecollective history of humankind. This is a unique time in that the technology existsto help capture and expand on the stories that every generation can tell. Digitalstory capture and online archiving stand to create and allow a reflective contextualand factual history against some of the internet falsehoods.
The United States Holocaust MemorialMuseum (USHMM) has created apublic/private partnership withAncestry.com to create theWorld Memory Project.This is a historic, one-of-a-kind crowd-sourced websitethat allows people to search vital documentsfrom World War II with an eye towardsrestoring names and stories to those whoseidentities were nearly silenced by a force thatnearly succeeded in making them disappearcompletely from history. Now through crowd-sourced technology and humaninvolvement in the story telling process, some of those identities and stories willbe brought back into our history.
The World Memory Project combines high technology and the human experiencetogether in a bid to restore context and missing information to history. It is afascinating example of what can be done through public/private partnershipsbetween governmental organizations like the USHMM and private companies likeAncestry.com by allowing people to both search and add stories, context andpersonal histories to complete the full picture of this time period and the dramaticloss and suffering of millions. It allows for the creation of a semantic andmultilevel contextual field of understanding. It allows people whose names havebeen silent for so long to be reunited with the collective global memory of humanity.

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