Announcement for one-day Digitization Workshop:
MANAGING ARABIC TEXT DIGITIZING PROJECTS
MESA 2008, Washington, DC
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Room TBA
Sunday, November 23, 2008 (9 a.m.-3p.m.)
ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
Deadline for Applications: 31 October 2008
Yale University Library and the American Association of Teachers of Arabic will co-sponsor a one-day workshop about project planning for digitization of Arabic text. The workshop will take place on November 23, 2008 from 9 a.m. to 3 p. m. at the 2008 annual meeting of the Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA).
All workshop costs, including morning and afternoon breaks and box lunches, will be covered by the event organizers.
This workshop is supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Education, under its Title VI TICFIA program and is part of the Project AMEEL grant (Arabic and Middle Eastern Electronic Library). Additional support is provided by Yale University Library.
FORMAT AND TARGET AUDIENCE
This workshop is aimed at academics, language instructors, librarians, archivists, curators, and other information professionals who want to provide full text access to Arabic language material online. The workshop will provide project management information, based on the experience of U.S. universities, libraries, and other institutions, and give attendees essential information about the digitization of Arabic text materials..
The workshop will include a mixture of presentations on topics related to digitization projects, such as text or collection selection, copyright concerns, and staffing. The conversion of scanned images to searchable Arabic text will be explained using two software products specifically created for the Optical Character Recognition of Arabic text. In addition, attendees will learn about related technical topics such as metadata (for describing and organizing digitized materials), formats (e.g. TIFF, JPG, PDF), and preservation needs. Also, the instructors will demonstrate the AMEEL repository, which holds full text digital copies of scholarly journals from the Middle East.
- Knowledge of, or some familiarity with, the Arabic language is not essential but is strongly recommended for maximum benefit from the workshop.
- Workshop participants are expected to be either working on an Arabic scholarly (library or archival or teaching) digitizing project, including plans for Optical Character Recognition (OCR), or to be planning for such an activity.
- Understanding of the concepts of creating digital images, OCR, and some exposure to digitizing techniques, while not required, is highly desired, e.g. desktop scanning, or mass digitization techniques for entire books or collections.
- Participants should have an interest in potential cooperative ventures with the AMEEL project, such as collaborating in future initiatives, bringing attention to special collections, or exchanging expertise.
Simon Samoeil, Curator, Near East Collection & AMEEL Project Outreach Director
Elizabeth Beaudin, Manager, International Special Digital Projects & AMEEL Project Manager
Enrollment for each workshop is limited to 50.
Please write an email to us at
with the following information:
- Institution and current position
- Postal and e-mail addresses
- Telephone and fax numbers
- Please describe the extent of your knowledge of Arabic (in reading, writing, speaking: e.g. Student, Faculty, Working Professional or Staff, Native Speaker)
- Please describe the reasons for your interest in this workshop and how it will facilitate the work of your library or archive or educational needs.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 31 October 2008
An early expression of interest will be the best guarantee of acceptance. Notifications of acceptance will be made by 14 November 2008.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Manager, International Special Digital Projects
Yale University Library
130 Wall Street
P. O. Box 208240
New Haven, CT 06520-8240
About Project AMEEL: (http://www.library.yale.edu/ameel/)
This grant was awarded under the U.S. Department of Education's Title VI TICFIA Program, which fosters innovative techniques or programs that address national teaching and research needs in international education and foreign languages by using technologies to access, collect, organize, preserve, and widely disseminate information on world regions and countries other than the United States (http://www.ed.gov/programs/iegpsticfia/index.html).
About Yale University Library: http://www.library.yale.edu
About Yale University Library's Near East Collection: http://www.library.yale.edu/neareast/