Israel21c: Israel National Library launches free Israeli music app

Israel21c: Israel National Library launches free Israeli music app. “Sing out! In the same spirit that only a few weeks ago launched a thousand images documenting Israel’s history for free use, the National Library of Israel, in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Sport, and the Digital Finjan project, have announced the release of Shiri, a mobile phone app for Israeli music.”

The Jerusalem Post: Foreign Ministry Launches App To Stop Fake News On Social Media

The Jerusalem Post: Foreign Ministry Launches App To Stop Fake News On Social Media. “The Foreign Ministry and tech company Commun.it launched a program to share information about social media accounts spreading disinformation, the ministry announced on Wednesday. The initiative comes after months of efforts by the ministry to combat the phenomenon, which has spiked since early elections were announced. Journalists were targeted in five attempts by foreign Twitter accounts to spread fake news stories in the Israeli media. “

The Jerusalem Post: Opening The National Library’s Digital Doors

The Jerusalem Post: Opening The National Library’s Digital Doors. “A caricature of a balloon-headed prime minister Menachem Begin looks out from the cover of a pamphlet published ahead of the 1981 national election. ‘Begin… and the rest of the Likud’s jokes,’ it reads. The little green booklet is one of the millions of items and artifacts held by the National Library of Israel in its extensive archives. But until now, it was one of many items that the library did not earmark for digitization, because it is known as ‘orphan work,’ whose copyright holders cannot be located. Now, following an amendment to the Copyright Law passed in the Knesset on January 1, the library and other cultural institutions in Israel will have much greater freedom to digitize and share their vast holdings without the fear of lawsuits.”

Haartez: Israeli Archivists Fume Over Wikimedia Israel’s Reposting of Historical Photos Trove

Haartez: Israeli Archivists Fume Over Wikimedia Israel’s Reposting of Historical Photos Trove. “The Association of Israeli Archivists has roundly condemned Wikimedia Israel, the local affiliate of the U.S. foundation that runs Wikipedia, for copying into its photo archive 28,000 photographs taken in pre-state Israel. In a statement Tuesday, the archivists accused Wikimedia Israel of being ‘thieves in the night’ and said the move may violate intellectual property rights and general ethical norms.”

Jerusalem Post: Access To Israeli Laws Is Now Available To The Public, Online And Free

Jerusalem Post: Access To Israeli Laws Is Now Available To The Public, Online And Free. “Access to the Israeli law texts is now freely available online in a national legislation repository. The National Legislation Database in the Knesset was originally created in December 2014 and contains about 1,500 Israeli laws, of which roughly 970 remain in effect. The Knesset’s website will also provide open access to the updated and comprehensive version of the laws in accordance with an agreement signed in April, according to a press release. Data from the British Mandate orders are still in process of being completed.”

Arutz Sheva: Haredi MK pushes establishment of national genealogy database

Arutz Sheva: Haredi MK pushes establishment of national genealogy database. “A haredi lawmaker has announced plans to advance legislation which if passed would establish a national genealogical database, listing every individual whose Jewishness has been verified by the Israeli Chief Rabbinate. MK Yisrael Eichler (United Torah Judaism) said this week his party would push the ‘Genealogy Database Law’, which he first proposed last year.”

Times of Israel: Israel reaches out to Iraqis on Facebook

Times of Israel: Israel reaches out to Iraqis on Facebook. “Israel’s Foreign Ministry on Sunday launched a Facebook page uniquely dedicated to fostering ties with Iraq. Diplomats in Jerusalem said the Arabic-language page will serve as ‘some sort of digital embassy’ to the war-torn country. Israel, while still formally considering Iraq an enemy state, has in recent months stepped up efforts to reach out to the country, arguing that Iraqis are interested in establishing ties with the Jewish state.”