Footprints is a crowd-sourced database of information related to the circulation of printed Jewish books. Developed through a collaboration of researchers from the Jewish Theological Seminary, Columbia University, University of Pittsburgh, and Stony Brook University, the site helps scholars and students trace the history and movements of Jewish books across space and time. During the 2015-2016 academic year, the CTL helped organize a Researchathon—a gathering of dozens of participants who are tasked with entering data into a prototype system—and a classroom pilot. These efforts helped inform the CTL developers’ design: a scalable application with a streamlined interface for data entry and sophisticated visualizations that help users gain a better understanding of research objects and the complex relationships among them.
Michelle Chesner, Norman E. Alexander Librarian for Jewish Studies
Marjorie Lehman, Associate Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, Jewish Theological Seminary