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The BA “Memory of Modern Egypt” (MoME) project is a collaborative effort between ISIS and the Special Projects Department. It is a digital repository documenting the last 200 years of Egypt’s modern history through tens of thousands of varying items, such as documents, pictures, audios, videos, maps, articles, stamps, coins, etc. that created an index of 14 different material types. The interface and the underlying infrastructure of the repository allow the user to browse by facets, thus allowing for optimum data filtration and a more precise browsing. The repository is structured around five main themes with each of these divided into subtopics, thus creating an index of over 500 dimensions. Each item in the repository is classified according to one or more of the theme subtopics as well as a certain material type, resulting in the creation of a multidimensional web of materials and themes interrelating with each other to enable the user to explore the connections between the different sources in the repository. This offers an exceptional informative visual tool for the user to overview Egypt’s modern history. Additionally, the repository’s infrastructure was designed to accommodate expandability, thus allowing continuous addition to the content. MoME website won Al-Kindi Informatics Award as the best cultural website in Arabic in 2009.
For the past five years, the Egyptian Center for the Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage (CultNat) and the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), together with IBM, have been working to bring the awe-inspiring experience of Egypt to the world through a project known as ‘Eternal Egypt.’ It represents a unique partnership using innovative technologies to create an interactive, multimedia experience of Egyptian cultural artifacts, places and history for a global audience. The website covers descriptions of more than 2,000 artifacts, key historical characters and archeological sites and wraps them in a variety of stories and virtual tours of famous sites and museums. The descriptive information is available in three languages: Arabic, English, and French. It is also supported by an innovative text-to-speech technology which generates dynamic audio narrations. A little over one year since the 100th anniversary of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, anyone with access to the internet is now able to enter a three-dimensional reconstruction of Tutankhamun's tomb. This experience is only one small part of Eternal Egypt, which is also accessible by handheld digital guide in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, by cell phone for visitors to the pyramids at Giza and Luxor Temple in Upper Egypt, or through the Eternal Egypt web site. The Eternal Egypt web site offers an unprecedented experience of high-resolution images and three-dimensional reconstructions of Egyptian monuments and antiquities, as well as virtually-reconstructed environments, panoramic views and other images of present-day Egypt that are captured by robotic cameras located in key areas from the top of Karnak Temple to the streets of Old Cairo. An innovative, interactive map and timeline will also guide Eternal Egypt’s visitors through Egypt's cultural heritage, while a ‘context navigator’ allows them to appreciate the complex relationships between objects, places and personalities from Egypt's past in a unique, web-like display. In 2005, the website received the World Summit Award for the world’s Best E-content and creativity and the Best Arab E-content Award, as well as the Best Innovative and Experimental Application.
L'Art Arabe is one of the most important books on the Islamic monuments of Egypt. It consists of four volumes compiled by the French orientalist Prisse d'Avennes, one of the greatest pre-20th century Egyptologists, and was published in 1877. To preserve this valuable collection, ISIS has digitized the three–plate volumes (222 plates) and the text volume (388 pages). The material has been scanned and processed in high resolution. The processing phase included treatment of the damaged pages and restoration of the defected parts while keeping the original appearance. The text volume was OCRed (Optical Character Recognition) to provide a full text search facility. The digitized output was integrated on a virtual browser and published on the Internet. The website was launched during the 34th session of the General Conference of UNESCO in October 2007.
The Documentation of the Ministry of Awqaf Drawings
This is an ongoing joint project between the BA Alexandria and Mediterranean Research Center (Alex Med) and the Egyptian Ministry of Awqaf (Endowments). The main objective is to document and classify the information from a collection of about 450 drawings and plates from the Ministry of Awqaf. These drawings, which are of m...
For the past five years, the Egyptian Center for the Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage (CultNat) and the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), together with IBM, have been working to bring the awe-inspiring experience of Egypt to the world through a project known as ‘Eternal Egypt.’ It represents a...
Digital Manuscript Library
The publication of digital manuscript sets comes in conformity with the BA's mission to adopt modern digital technologies. The Digital Manuscript Library project aims at publishing the manuscript treasures of Arabic heritage in digital form. The year 2007 witnessed the release of the fifth and sixth sets of the Digital Man...
Access to Knowledge (A2K)
In fulfillment of its mission as a center of excellence for the dissemination of knowledge and for dialogue, learning and understanding between cultures and people, the BA has developed a growing interest in issues relating to access to knowledge (A2K), promotion of innovation and creativity, and intellectual property (IP)...
The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL)
The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) is a global project to bring together, on infinitely expandable web pages, information about all of the approximately 1.9 million species of plants, animals and microorganisms on Earth. As a collaborative effort of tens of thousands of people with expertise around the world, the EOL project a...
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