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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). It is within this context that the first seminar in the Arab world and the region entitled “New Tools for the Dissemination of Knowledge and Promotion of Innovation and Creativity: Global Developments and Regional Challenges” was organized in 2006. The BA has also initiated several activities to spread the A2K philosophy and build local capacity of researchers, librarians and practitioners to effectively implement new and emerging A2K tools and practices. The A2K initiative aspires to raise the awareness of a wide array of public audience on the relationship between IP and development on the international level, with a special focus on A2K, for the purposes of promoting innovation and creativity and stimulating the development of an inclusive knowledge society in the Arab world.
The Beacon for Freedom of Expression Database, a gift to the Library of Alexandria from Norway, is a unique global reference catalogue containing bibliographical data on censored books and newspapers past and present, as well as data on literature on censorship and freedom of expression. The Database was presented during a one-day Conference organized by the BA on 19 May 2003. The BA also organizes a series of conferences on freedom of expression to tackle issues of freedom of speech and access to information.
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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