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On Mediated Search of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Data

Summary: On Mediated Search of the United States
Holocaust Memorial Museum Data
Jefferson Heard
, Jordan Wilberding
, Gideon Frieder
Ophir Frieder, David Grossman, and Larry Kane
Information Retrieval Lab
Illinois Institute of Technology
Abstract. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM)
recently celebrated its ten-year anniversary. The museum was established
to bear witness to the human atrocities committed by the Nazi reign
of terror. As such, related data must be collected, and means to store,
search, and analyze the data must be provided. Presently, the data avail-
able reside in various formats, sizes, and structures, in videotape and
films, in microfilms and microfiche, in various incompatible structured
databases, as unstructured electronic documents, and semi-structured
indexes scattered throughout the organizations. Collected data are par-
titioned over more than a dozen languages, further complicating their
processing. There is currently no single search mechanism or even de-


Source: Argamon, Shlomo - Department of Computer Science, Illinois Institute of Technology
Illinois Institute of Technology, Information Retrieval Laboratory


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences