“Now everyone can dive in”: the worldwide Friedberg Genizah database

3 06 2013

Why is digitisation of the Cairo Genizah fragments so important? Memorable quote from the Head of the Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit in Cambridge, Dr Ben Outhwaite, in the New York Times of 27 May:

“The thing it really makes possible is people from all walks of life, in academia and out, to look at unpublished material,” said Ben Outhwaite, head of the Genizah Research Unit at Cambridge University, home to 60 percent of the fragments. “No longer are we going to see a few great scholarly names hoarding particular parts of the genizah and have to wait 20 years for their definitive publication. Now everyone can dive in.”

For the full story “Computer Network Piecing Together a Jigsaw of Jewish Lore” please read:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/27/world/middleeast/computers-piecing-together-jigsaw-of-jewish-lore.html?ref=global-home&_r=0

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