Holocaust Memorial Day: Google launches Holocaust archive to help keep memory alive
Lest we not forget what evil looks like. This should be taught in schools IMO. Good on Google to help educate people on this horrible history.
The search giant is working with the Jerusalem-based archive to properly index and store in Google’s cloud 130,000 photographs, some of which are currently available on Yad Vashem’s website, but until now have been difficult to locate and discover online.
Google is also applying the same indexing and optical character recognition (OCR) technology to lots of documents, ranging from visas to survivor testimonials, in order to help people locate more easily online.
The project, which is not a financial agreement, was announced yesterday, on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is a global day of remembrance for the six million Jewish Holocaust victims.
“There are many important stories out there,” said Yossi Matias, director of research and development for Google Israel. “If we don’t capture them, they could be lost.”
This is just the beginning of the partnership between Google and Yad Vashem – which will be working together to digitise and index many more photographs and documents over the coming months and years.
Thousands more may be loaded at a later stage, Matias said.