Call for ideas: exploring documentation of the League of Nations

The United Nations is offering you a unique opportunity to help better understand its history. We are looking for brand new ways of exploring the official documentation of the League of Nations. This will help historians and other researchers to better mine and visualize the contents from the archives materials and propose new and undiscovered paths for research. How would you like to see these documents? According to which criteria? What aspect would be the most original? The UN is looking for suggestions and will develop your ideas as challenges using our Unite Ideas platform. Resulting tools and representations will be eventually shared online for the benefit of the research community.

Deadline for submission of proposals: 30 October 2015.

The League of Nations, the predecessor to the United Nations, produced a substantial number of official documents during its existence from 1919 to 1946, addressing virtually all international issues of concern during the Interwar Era. Little research has been done with these documents as complete sets to examine overall trends and contents. Recent digitization efforts have produced two sets of documents that have been digitized and indexed in their entirety: Council Documents (documents distributed to the members of the League of Nations Council) and Council and Member State Documents (documents distributed to the Council and all Member States of the League). These document sets include PDF files of the texts that have been scanned with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software, and XML metadata files containing basic descriptive metadata for each document (date, title, document symbol, language). The two document sets contain a total of approximately 27,000 documents.
A project proposed by the Institutional Memory Section of the United Nations Office at Geneva (www.unog.ch/archives), in cooperation with the Office of Information and Communications Technology of the United Nations, Analytics, Partnerships, and Innovation Section.