CLIR Receives Whiting Foundation Grant to Prototype Digital Library of the Middle East

CLIR Receives Whiting Foundation Grant to Prototype Digital Library of the Middle East Washington, DC, May 22, 2017—The Whiting Foundation has awarded the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) $170,000 to design, implement, and launch a prototype Digital Library of the Middle East (DLME). CLIR will work closely with its primary organizational partner on Read More

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Aga Khan University – Institute for the Study for Muslim Civilizations Webinar

Charles Henry and Peter Herdrich,  webinar at the Aga Khan University, moderated by Walid Ghali. May 26, 2017 The Aga Khan University’s Institute for Ismaili Studies-Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilizations Library sponsored a presentation by DLME co-PIs Charles Henry and Peter Herdrich at their campus on Euston Road, London. Head Librarian, Dr. Walid Read More

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Digital Libraries and Social Justice

Digital Libraries and Social Justice by Charles Henry November 3, 2016 This summer, CLIR announced funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the initial planning phase of the Digital Library of the Middle East (DLME). This project’s impetus is the tragic violence and loss of life currently afflicting the Middle East and North Read More

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Envisioning a Digital Library of the Middle East

Envisioning a Digital Library of the Middle East by Peter Herdrich and Elizabeth A. Waraksa, Issues in Middle East Studies, a publication of the Middle East Studies Association October 2016 Imagine an online resource that not only offers robust, professionally curated metadata and images for the collective cultural heritage of the Middle East, but also tracks ownership Read More

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Digital Troves, Providing Insights and Reuniting Antiquities

Digital Troves, Providing Insights and Reuniting Antiquities by Eve M. Kahn, New York Times, September 9, 2016 The New York Times‘ Antiques columnist Eve M, Khan considers how documentation and databases of Middle Eastern archaeological artifacts reveal the lives of the ancients and of the excavators who worked at historic sites, citing the DLME as an Read More

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Introducing the Digital Library of the Middle East

Introducing the Digital Library of the Middle East From The Ancient Near East Today IV (8), a publication of the American Schools of Oriental Research (August 2016) In the winter of 2015, ISIL brought its campaign of terror to the Mosul Museum, launching their devastating attack with sledgehammers and power drills. For readers of the Read More

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Culture Under Threat and Digital Libraries

Culture Under Threat and Digital Libraries By Charles Henry The public introduction of the Digital Library of the Middle East at the Antiquities Coalition’s Culture Under Threat: The Security, Economic, and Cultural Impact of Antiquities Trafficking and Terrorist Financing conference at the Asia Society in New York, September 2015. October 1, 2015 “Terrorists are afraid of history; Read More

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CLIR and Axiell Partner to Create the Digital Library of the Middle East

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) today announced its partnership with Axiell, a leading vendor globally of collections management software to archives, libraries, and museums. Together, the two organizations will explore collaborative opportunities to design and sustain the Digital Library of the Middle East (DLME). “This partnership marks a new direction for CLIR; Read More

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A Digital Library for the Middle East

Last October at the Digital Library Federation’s (DLF) annual Forum in Vancouver, Canada, I served on the final plenary panel, asked to speak about themes and topics of that Forum that struck me as especially compelling. I reported that the emphasis throughout the conference on the correlation of the social implications and potential societal benefits Read More

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A Planning Grant Proposal for Exploratory Research, Community Building, and Technical Prototyping for the Digital Library of the Middle East

Summary Description Correlate with the horrific suffering and loss of life in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the cultural heritage of many nations in the region is presently under severe threat from a combination of destruction, looting, illegal black market trafficking, and terrorism. The MENA cultural legacy spans thousands of years and is Read More

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