Kahle, Felton, Dreifus To Celebrate Launch of LBI Digital Archives

Members of the METRO community are cordially invited to attend an event celebrating the launch of DigiBaeck, the digital archive of the Leo Baeck Institute. The event will include a panel discussion and reception. Please see below for the official announcement with all the details.

*** Brewster Kahle, Nicholas Felton, Claudia Dreifus at free event celebrating Launch of LBI Digital Archives October 16 in NYC *** 

On October 16, Leo Baeck Institute will celebrate the launch of DigiBaeck (www.lbi.org/digibaeck) - a comprehensive digital version of its collections.  DigiBaeck includes 3.5 million pages of material that ranges from personal papers and photographs of luminaries like Albert Einstein and Moses Mendelssohn to letters, diaries, recipes, and other ephemera chronicling the lives of everyday German-speaking Jews over five centuries. 

Keynote speakers Brewster Kahle and Nicholas Felton, and a panel moderated by New York Times science reporter Claudia Dreifus will discuss the implications and possibilities of putting this wealth of source materials online.

 Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 9:30 AM – ca. 12:00 PM

Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th St.
New York, NY 10011

 This event is free and open to the public and will also be streamed live at www.lbi.org/digibaeck.  

RSVP to (212) 744-6400 or digibaeck@lbi.org

More info: http://www.lbi.org/events/digibaeck-launch/ or see the Facebook event.

**Keynote Speaker Bios**

Opening Keynote: Brewster Kahle, Digital librarian and founder of the Internet Archive, has been working to provide universal access to all knowledge for more than twenty-five years. Internet Archive, which may be the largest digital library on the Web, was LBI’s primary digitization partner for the DigiBaeck project.

Closing Keynote: Nicholas Felton is a graphic designer whose Personal Annual Reports have received coverage in the Wall Street Journal and Wired Magazine for their groundbreaking approach to data visualization. In 2010 he produced an annual report using the papers left by his father, Gordon Felton, born Günter Fajgenbaum to a Jewish family in Berlin in 1929.  Nicholas Felton is the co-founder of Daytum.com, and a product designer at Facebook.