A group of South Korean and U.S. academics is working to revisit the Korean War six decades later in a tech-savvy way: by digitizing photos, maps, official documents and video footage of interviews with war veterans.
A formal Web site will be launched around October that will include a search menu and social networking service, according to the seven-member team, led by Han Jong-woo, adjunct assistant professor of political science at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.
Han’s team has already acquired more than 14,000 items from 34 former U.S. soldiers who took part in the 1950-53 conflict. The materials include pictures taken by the veterans during the war, as well as letters, diaries, maps, posters and draft and retirement documents.
Efforts to digitize the collection and interview the veterans are under way, he said. The videotaped interviews provide vivid accounts of the veterans’ experiences during the war and lessons for the next generation.
Digitization Projects: "Academics Create Digitized Archive of Korean War"
Filed by June 22, 2011on