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  • 1. Yale-SOAS Islamic Manuscript Gallery Presentation for JISC Programme Meeting, October 2009
  • 2. Yale-SOAS Islamic Manuscript Gallery
    • Pilot project to make available electronically all that a scholar requires to work on a manuscript
    • Therefore, material being digitised includes
      • Manuscripts
      • Manuscript catalogues
      • Language dictionaries
  • 3. Yale-SOAS Islamic Manuscript Gallery
    • One of three projects funding under Phase 2 of the JISC – NEH JISC/NEH Transatlantic Digitisation Collaboration Grants
    • Starting September 2009; completing February 2011
    • SOAS awarded £86,689
    • http://www.soas.ac.uk/ysimg/
  • 4. Importance of manuscripts for Islamic studies Maps shows distribution of Islam. Image courtesy: University of Texas Libraries
  • 5. Arabic script
    • وصل إلى بريطانيا اليوم النائب الهولندي اليميني خييرت فيلدرز وذلك بعد ان ربح طعنا تقدم به ضد قرار الحكومة البريطانية الذي قضى بمنعه من دخول البلاد
    Digitising and using Optical Character Recognition to transcibe such text is one of the most serious challenges of this project
  • 6. Cooperating collections
    • Yale University Library
    • SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) Library
  • 7. Choice of materials
    • Works of high intellectual value
    • Selection of manuscript catalogues and dictionaries
    • Out-of-copyright
    • Titles with volumes missing in the other collection which can thereby completed digitally
  • 8. SOAS Manuscripts
    • Selected from Persian manuscripts that have never been catalogued properly before
    • Selected for rarity and special significance of content
    • Samples of material from SOAS to be digitised are shown on the next few slides
  • 9. Ganj al-ganj (from SOAS collection)
  • 10. Manuscript catalogues
  • 11. Bodleian Arabic mss catalogue
  • 12. Dictionaries
  • 13. Kazimirski Arabic to French
  • 14. Repositories
    • Yale’s project Ameel has developed full-text repository using Fedora open source framework
    • SOAS uses E-print for digital libraires
    • Project will work on cross-collection transatlantic searching between systems
    • Tables for linking variant spellings of names
  • 15. JISC’s role
    • Two other JISC funded projects on Islamic materials in UK
    • Projects do not overlap but complement each other
    • Laying the foundations for union catalogue of all UK Islamic manuscripts
    • JISC funding for CeDAAME (Centre for Digital Asia, Africa and Middle East) in SOAS