The role of digital/online resources in the Jewish Diaspora communities

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An article  of mine reviewing the early history of  Jewish online networking and an overview of present 
activities has just been issued.  It is being very well received with more than 3,000 downloads in its
initial publication period and adopted in some courses.
 
The venue for this publication is "Circumscribere International Journal for the History of Science." 
Find below a copy of the abstract.
Full text is available at: https://revistas.pucsp.br/circumhc/article/view/45771/30274

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Dov Winer

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The role of digital/online resources in the Jewish Diaspora communities

 
Dov Winer

 

Abstract

 
Globalization, in its earlier stages, was expected to erode national and ethnic identities. In contrast, ethnicity and
ethnic affiliations persisted, growing socially and politically. This paper examines the role of the globalizing new
communications technologies on this process, focusing on Diasporas. The study of trans-state networks based
on ethnic solidarity, connections and affinities in the framework of social and political science is quite recent.
Following a clarification of the distinction between classical and modern Diasporas we analyse a particular case
study, that of the Jewish Diaspora. This diaspora was an early adopter of computer-based communications
and the Internet for a wide range of purposes. Early events are described including the diffusion of the Internet
to Israel, the planning of a Global Jewish Information Network, Israel 2020 macro scenarios for Israel and
the Jewish People and the decision on Jewish Peoplehood through communication technologies. A survey of
historical systems (Responsa, BBS, and Usenet) is followed by a description of the Jewish population and the
wide variety of Jewish Web based activities today. These include the Institutional landscape; Jewish media —
press, radio, video and blogs; the impact on Jewish religious observance; Jewish genealogy; Online dating;
Social networks; Jewish education; Online learning; Jewish Studies and Digital Humanities; Jewish memory.
Judaica Europeana supports the activities previously described by aggregating and facilitating the access
and the re-use of Jewish digital culture. Europeana is the leading global digital library for cultural heritage
as well as a lively eco-system for relevant stakeholders.