HuriSearch: A Dynamic New Multilingual Human Rights Search Engine

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Governments, universities, public and school libraries, researchers, NGOs etc find it challenging to obtain accurate human rights information. Organizations who document violations may not be able to disseminate information widely. HuriSearch, provides easy access to detailed human rights information from over 3200 human rights organizations in 77 languages. It uses both free text and structured search techniques in 8 interface languages. HuriSearch links information creators from 151 countries with information users. Non-governmental, intergovernmental, academic and national human rights institution websites on topics of participant interest as well as downloadable HURIDOCS information tools (no charge) will be highlighted. Through the use of PowerPoint and live Internet demonstrations and searches, participants will become familiar with: •Human Rights websites with information from non-governmental, intergovernmental, academic and national human rights institutions. •HURISEARCH: the multilingual human rights search engine using topics of their choice •HURIDOCS tools for organizing human rights information including 48 controlled vocabulary lists of religions, ethnic groups, countries, languages, rights, types of violations, legal instruments etc, “how to” manuals, computer programs and more.

Keywords: Search Engines, Documentation Tools, Human Rights, International Collaboration, HURIDOCS, HuriSearch, NGOs
Stream: Human Technologies and Usability
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
Paper: HuriSearch

Judith Dueck

Vice Chair of the Board, HURIDOCS (Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems International)
Geneva, Switzerland

Ms Dueck has made presentations at many conferences and meetings on the topics related to Knowledge sharing, technology, education and human rights. She is an award winning researcher and author on the topic of censorship and has written four practical books on human rights documentation. She has been involved with HURIDOCS (Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems), since 1988 as a task force leader, board member and presenter. She lived in Jerusalem from 1982 until 1987 where she created an information center for Mennonite Central Committee and then worked as director for Al-Haq, a branch of the International Commission of Jurists. She completed a consultancy for the OSCE (Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe) to initiate an Information Collection point for information on Tolerance and Non-Discrimination for governmental and non governmental information from 55 participating countries of the OSCE. She recently presented at the IFLA conference in Korea and the A2K2 conference at Yale law school, met with officials in Rwanda and trained human rights workers in Eastern Europe. Additional information is available on the web.

Ref: T08P0130