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Libraries - Colin Powell School Collaborative Digital Project

by Ching-Jung Chen on 2022-06-07T14:40:00-04:00 in International Studies, History | Comments

image of The Collected Papers of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon a Digital CompendiumOn Monday, May 2nd 2022, the City College of New York welcomed Ban Ki-moon, the former United Nations Secretary-General, to give the 8th Annual Sternberg Family Lecture.  At the luncheon following the lecture, Prof. Jean Krasno of the Colin Powell School unveiled the digital project “The Collected Papers of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.”

This multi-year project was developed under the leadership of Prof. Krasno, a renowned scholar on the history of the United Nations and director of the MA program in International Relations in the department of Political Science at the City College of New York.  The collection - which includes speeches, interviews, memos, press conferences, code cables, reports to the Security Council/General Assembly, and photographs - offers an organized, historic record of how former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon managed his leadership role within the constraints and opportunities of the office.

For the digital project, Prof.  Krasno and her team of researchers reviewed 900,000 documents provided by the UN to select the nearly 6,000 documents featured in the JSTOR and Artstor databases. Of the 6,000 documents, 128 were highlighted in the digital exhibition based on Omeka, an open-source platform for digital collections.  The Digital Scholarship Services staff of CCNY Libraries worked closely to build the digital databases and exhibition with Prof. Krasno’s team, who produced expert, in-depth metadata for the 6,000 records.  These collaborative efforts showcase the talent at the City College of New York, demonstrating what we can achieve working together.

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