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About AMEEL

The AMEEL Project is the result of many initiatives focused on holdings at Yale University Library. AMEEL

An Arabic and Middle Eastern Electronic Library is a Web-based portal for the study of the Middle East, including its history, culture, development, and contemporary face, and within this portal, will integrate existing scholarly digital content to make such material easier to find and use efficiently and freely.

The Arabic and Middle Eastern Electronic Library will become a digital collection of information, hopefully as rich and intricate as its subject. Yale has started this digital collection with a regional selection of scholarly journals spanning the Middle East from Tunisia to Saudi Arabia.

The project's mission aims to (1) develop an infrastructure for digital content, from diverse sources (freely available as well as publisher licensed) to be integrated into AMEEL; (2) digitize key journals on and about the Middle East, with particular emphasis on fully searchable Arabic texts; (3) build and expand capacity for Arabic full text scanning into US and other libraries through workshops developed and led by experts in this area; and (4) develop technologies and protocols to facilitate interlibrary lending between US and Middle Eastern libraries.

At the core of the project are international participants from: Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt; Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden, The Netherlands; Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC), USA; MultiData Services, Inc., Beirut, Lebanon; Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom; The Scholarly Journal Archive(JSTOR), Ann Arbor, Michigan; Universitšts-und Landesbibliothek of Sachsen-Anhalt, Halle, Germany; University of Pennsylvania, USA; University of Utah, USA, and Yale University, USA.

Project Funding:

Funding for this project is provided under the US Department of Education's Title VI Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access (TICFIA) Program and Yale University Library. (http://www.ed.gov/programs/iegpsticfia/index.html)


Project Team:
Ann Okerson, Principal Investigator
Elizabeth Beaudin, Project Manager and Integration Specialist
Simon Samoeil, Project Outreach Director
Iraq ReCollection

This special digitization project will: (1) digitize and character-scan a select group of the most important scholarly humanistic Iraqi journals held by Yale and by the University of Pennsylvania, comprising nine titles and about 100,000 pages; (2) create an electronic archive of the digitized journals that both allows them to be accessed via the Internet and at the same time lets them be integrated into other electronic library systems, in order to make them better known and more readily available to scholars using standard tools around the world; and (3) develop in this pilot project standards and practices for digitizing Arabic and Middle-East language-based books and journals in the humanities, in order to facilitate work in the future that by adhering to standards will be as cost-effective and have as wide scholarly and general use as possible.

The digitized collection of Iraqi journals will form an important part of the integrated Arabic and Middle Eastern Electronic Library.

Project Funding:

This project is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities within its "Recovering Iraq" initiative, which supports projects to preserve and document cultural resources in Iraq's archives, libraries, and museums. Projects focus on resources, which, because of their intellectual content and value as cultural artifacts, are considered highly important for research, education, and public programming in the humanities. (http://www.neh.gov/news/archive/20051221.html)


Project Team:
Ann Okerson, Principal Investigator
Elizabeth Beaudin, Project Manager and Integration Specialist
Simon Samoeil, Project Outreach Director
OACIS

OACIS for the Middle East (Online Access to Consolidated Information on Serials) is a union list of serials from or about the Middle East. The mission of OACIS is to improve access to Middle Eastern serials in libraries in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.

The term "union list" as used by libraries is a unified listing of materials held distinctly or in common by a group of libraries. When selecting titles for our union catalog, we referred to the African & Middle Eastern Reading Room in the Library of Congress. In particular, we use their list of Countries, Areas, and Languages Covered by the Near East Section when extracting bibliographic records from our members' catalogs.

Of the 24 current OACIS members, there are 4 from the Middle East, 3 from Europe, and 17 from the U.S. The founding participants include: Cornell University, Ohio State University, Universitšts- und Landesbibliothek of Sachsen-Anhalt (Halle, Germany), University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, University of Texas, University of Washington, and Yale University.

Project Funding:

Funding for this project is provided under the US Department of Education's Title VI Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access (TICFIA) Program and Yale University Library. (http://www.ed.gov/programs/iegpsticfia/index.html)


Project Team:
Ann Okerson, Project PI
Kimberly Parker, Project Co-PI
Simon Samoeil, Project Manager
Elizabeth Beaudin, Technical Administrator
Yale-SOAS Islamic Manuscript Gallery

Yale University Library and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, together are building a virtual Islamic Manuscript Gallery (YSIMG) that offers an integrated set of full-text digital resources supporting research from manuscript catalogs and dictionaries. Additionally, the project augments existing collections of Arabic and Persian manuscripts by digitizing selected historical manuscripts, which highlight the contribution made to world knowledge by Middle Eastern philosophers, physicians, and scientists. Finally, YSIMG develops an infrastructure, scalable for other collections rich in manuscripts and reference materials, by building tools to analyze digitized materials and construct internal cross-references for connecting the materials in the archive. Cross-collection searching enables patrons to explore the united collections simultaneously. Drawing on the expertise of academic and technology specialists, the project is creating digital copies of fifteen manuscript catalogs, six dictionaries, and twenty historical manuscripts for deposit into an open and freely accessible networked repository. A successful project will provide scholars with access to valuable historical manuscripts linked to robust reference materials. Access to these important works can facilitate a significant change in understanding Middle Eastern cultures, by advancing intellectual insight and showing respect for and collaborating with colleagues around the globe.

This project is supported by a transatlantic cooperative program funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).

Yale-SOAS Islamic Manuscript Gallery (YSIMG)


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