The University Libraries (UL) took part in the workshops of the first Digital Humanities Institute at AUB and the region which was held between March 2 and 6.
Basma Chebani, Head of the Cataloguing Department and Elie Kahale, Head of the Digital Initiatives and Imaging Department represented the University Libraries and gave a presentation entitled: “Al-Ādāb Digitization Project” under the panel named “Digitizing Lebanon and the Arab World”.
The presentation was mainly about Al-Ādāb Magazine’s digitization project, which is one of several digital initiatives taking place at the University Libraries to preserve the national and AUB cultural heritage, and to promote knowledge by providing access to the digital content to the largest possible audience including researchers and scholars.
In 2014, Al-Ādāb Magazine and the University Libraries at AUB agreed to digitize and OCR (Optical Character Recognition) which transforms text images to fully searchable text from the magazine. The project will also catalog and index (create descriptive metadata) the entire content of the magazine. The aim of the project is to produce a searchable, full-text database of Al-Ādāb magazine. Users will eventually be able to browse and access the journal online at the volume, issue and article levels through a Content Management System developed by the University Libraries. Full text and index search by author, title, and subject will be available using simple and advanced search techniques. Full-text articles will be available for download. The searching on the metadata (author, title and subjects) will be also available on the online Library Catalog (OPAC).
Describing the project, Chebani said, “We are thrilled to be working on this project and look forward to its completion and to receiving feedback from users who will benefit from the new content, which will be accessible in full text.”
Commenting on their participation in the Digital Humanities Institute, Kahale added: “The event was a real opportunity to learn, collaborate and advance.”
About the Digital Humanities Institute, The Digital Humanities Institute was organized by Dr. David Wrisley, Associate Professor at the English Department, with the support of other departments and institutes at AUB. The institute consists of eight workshops training participants in “coding, data mining, digital mapping, new digital-based methods in research and publishing, and other skills needed in the digital humanities.” To know more about the Digital Humanities Institute: http://www.aub.edu.lb/news/2015/Pages/DHatAUB.aspx.
About at Al-Ādāb Magazine Al-Ādāb Magazine is a literary and cultural journal that was established in 1953 by Dr. Souhail Idriss. It focuses on literature and culture in the Arab World and includes content such as political thoughts, poetry, novels, short stories, movie critiques, theater, and culture. It is considered as an Arab cultural platform, despite the Arab States’ censorship. It was published on a monthly basis between 1953 and 1990. It was then published 5 times per year between 1990 and 2011. It stopped publishing by the end of 2012 after publishing 4 times that year.