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Initiated by University of Pittsburgh and mirrored at the BA, the Supercourse, an online repository encompassing more than 3,600 PowerPoint lectures on epidemiology and preventive medicine, represented a useful tool for at least one million students from around the globe. It also represented a well established starting point which triggered the emergence of the new Science Supercourse, an online repository of lectures freely available online for academics in four major fields of science; Public Health, Computer Engineering, Agriculture and Environment. The aim of the new Science Supercourse is the avail online accessible educational resources to empower academic students and educators worldwide. The BA has developed a new interactive platform for science supercourse deploying more functionalities, personalized experience and interactive features through a convenient user access. Through the system, users may have access to more than 169,000 searchable PowerPoint lectures where they may search the overall repository of search keywords within lectures. The system also allows registered users to customize the content on the repository as per their interest. For example, they may create their own presentations by compiling slides from different lectures, have a list of favorite lectures, receive RSS feeds and bookmark certain slides. The system acts as the right platform where scientists may upload and share their lectures online. Science Supercourse also contains a special section for Legacy Lectures, which encompasses; Nobel, Just-in-time and Golden lectures authored by various eminent lecturers, in addition to a series of lectures authored by members from the National Academy of Sciences, National Institutes of health, and Institutes of Medicine.
The mission of the UNL program, initiated within the United Nations and devised by the Universal Networking Digital Language (UNDL) Foundation, is to enable all people to generate information and have access to cultural knowledge in their native languages. It addresses the obstacle of linguistic diversity among nations and is considered a new technique towards bridging the linguistic gap among civilizations. UNL is an artificial language attempting to replicate the functions of natural language in human communication. UNL applications will include multilingual web pages, UNL encyclopedia, etc. Currently, 15 languages have been involved and a number of institutions have started to work on their respective native languages. The BA has signed an agreement with UNDL foundation to host the Ibrahim Shihata Arabic-UNL Center (ISAUC). It plays a major role in designing and implementing the Arabic component in the development of this language and will act as an active language center for Arabic.
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...
The webcast service provides live
and archived access to all the conferences, lectures and presentations taking place
at the BA.
is a system developed at the BA, to create, reserve, and maintain the Library's
digital books and collections.