December 10, 2023

After the October 7 Hamas massacre on Israel’s southern border, it was clear that it was the first event of its kind documented digitally. The National Library of Israel launched a collaborative project to preserve all existing documentation of these events. The goal is to create a large, authoritative database of evidence, media coverage, and outreach activities for historical research. The project involves various partners and volunteers collecting texts, photos, audio, and video recordings. The library aims to build a national repository and make the evidence available for long-term access. This is important due to the nature of documenting events in real-time and the contested historical record. The project acknowledges the need for authenticating the material and the responsibility of creating a historical record. The digital preservation of historical memory is essential in the age we live in.