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Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum

Driven more by remembrance than compliance, the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum is in the process of digitizing up to a half-Pbyte of data ranging from decades-old documents to newly shot video.

Yad Vashems 45-acre Jerusalem campus on the Mount of Remembrance in Jerusalem houses museums, monuments, and research facilities containing documents that Yad Vashem wants to eventually make available on its Website.

Besides hundreds of millions of pages of documents already in its archives that must go online, CIO Michael Lieber says Yad Vashem’s staff is videotaping up to four testimonies a day from Holocaust survivors and their families.

“Our mission is to get information about the Holocaust to as wide an audience as possible,” Lieber says. “Yad Vashem wants to convey what happened in the Holocaust to future generations with tools that are relevant to younger people. They can look at videos of people telling stories of what happened to them instead of just getting dry facts.”

According to Lieber, Yad Vashem put about three million documents online over the past year, but is hardly making a dent in the materials the institute plans to digitize. Vashem is about to start digitizing video around the clock, and Lieber estimates that process alone will require 5.5 Tbytes of storage per month.

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