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Qatar Unified ImagingProjectTammi Moe, MLISVirginia Commonwealth University Qatar
Preliminary Findings…   No centralized index on Qatari primary source material   There are significant narrative objects...
Defining primary source…   Original Documents   Oral history   Autobiographies, diaries, e-mail, interviews, letters,  ...
“What Greek and Latin authors mentionconcerning Arabia proves by its obscurity theirignorance of almost everything respect...
Why?   Economic decline   Imperial occupation   Control of information internally   Arabian collections have limited a...
QUIP Primitives:   Discovery = structured, collaborative,    serendipitous finding, keeping current   Gathering = collec...
Defining Archive   Documentary by-product of human    activity   Irreplaceable witness to past events   Fragile and vul...
Defining MetadataInformation for digital objects making them:   Searchable   Descriptive   Accessible   Useful   Rela...
Defining Open Source Like exchanging cooking recipes but  software code for cooking things up in the  digital environment...
Year One   Site visits   Data collection   Data normalization   Publishing Index
OAI DC XML Schema<element ref="dc:title"/><element ref="dc:creator"/><element ref="dc:subject"/><element ref="dc:descripti...
Archival Descriptions   Name   Contact details   Hours of operation   Access policy   Types of holdings   Administra...
QUIP points of entry:   National Integration and          Popular Literature (oral and    Popular Culture               ...
Year Two   Indian and Danish archives   Selection for digitization   Creation of digital substitutes   Hosted Solution...
Year Three   Evaluation of Year-2 findings   Secondary proposal   Negotiating digitization of external    materials   ...
Outcomes   A centralized index on Qatari primary source    materials is freely accessible   Significant narrative object...
Thank you for listeningif you are interested in     participating… tmoe@qatar.vcu.edu
Qatar unified imaging project
Qatar unified imaging project
Qatar unified imaging project
Qatar unified imaging project
Qatar unified imaging project
Qatar unified imaging project
Qatar unified imaging project
Qatar unified imaging project
Qatar unified imaging project
Qatar unified imaging project
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Qatar unified imaging project

  1. 1. Qatar Unified ImagingProjectTammi Moe, MLISVirginia Commonwealth University Qatar
  2. 2. Preliminary Findings… No centralized index on Qatari primary source material There are significant narrative objects in Qatar worthy of wider access. Primary source materials related to Qatar have limited access Qatar’s primary source materials are displaced Digitized material on Qatar is scarce and descriptive information is often lacking or inaccurate. No integration of primary source materials in the K-12 classroom
  3. 3. Defining primary source… Original Documents Oral history Autobiographies, diaries, e-mail, interviews, letters, minutes, news film footage, official records, photographs, raw research data, speeches. Creative Works Art, drama, films, music, novels, poetry. Relics or Artifacts Buildings, clothing, DNA, furniture, jewelry, pottery.
  4. 4. “What Greek and Latin authors mentionconcerning Arabia proves by its obscurity theirignorance of almost everything respecting Arabs.Prejudices relative to the inconveniences anddangers of travelling Arabia have hitherto kept themoderns in equal ignorance.”– M. Niebuhr (1792)
  5. 5. Why? Economic decline Imperial occupation Control of information internally Arabian collections have limited access Internationally based collections outside of Qatar have limited access
  6. 6. QUIP Primitives: Discovery = structured, collaborative, serendipitous finding, keeping current Gathering = collecting, acquiring, organizing Creative = annotating, analyzing, describing, reviewing and rating, writing Sharing = rights, data sharing, teaching, publishing
  7. 7. Defining Archive Documentary by-product of human activity Irreplaceable witness to past events Fragile and vulnerable
  8. 8. Defining MetadataInformation for digital objects making them: Searchable Descriptive Accessible Useful Related
  9. 9. Defining Open Source Like exchanging cooking recipes but software code for cooking things up in the digital environment.Examples: Operating Systems – that runs Macintosh Wiki Software – that runs Wikipedia Drupal – digital repository software
  10. 10. Year One Site visits Data collection Data normalization Publishing Index
  11. 11. OAI DC XML Schema<element ref="dc:title"/><element ref="dc:creator"/><element ref="dc:subject"/><element ref="dc:description"/><element ref="dc:publisher"/><element ref="dc:contributor"/><element ref="dc:date"/><element ref="dc:type"/><element ref="dc:format"/><element ref="dc:identifier"/><element ref="dc:source"/><element ref="dc:language"/><element ref="dc:relation"/><element ref="dc:coverage"/><element ref="dc:rights"/>
  12. 12. Archival Descriptions Name Contact details Hours of operation Access policy Types of holdings Administrative structure
  13. 13. QUIP points of entry: National Integration and  Popular Literature (oral and Popular Culture written) Language and Ethnicity  Sports and Recreation History and Mythology  Painting, Design, and Tradition and Hierarchy Sculpture Theater, Outdoor Events, and  Architecture, Public and Holidays Private Film and Photography  Religion and Pilgrimages Televisions and Video  Advertising and Propaganda Radio, Phonograph, Audio.  Gender and Race Lifestyles – Food Habits,  Cultural Geography and Clothes, etc. Geopolitics Music  Oral Folklore Tales  Rituals and Rites of Passage
  14. 14. Year Two Indian and Danish archives Selection for digitization Creation of digital substitutes Hosted Solution and collection building Translation of records Creation of thesauri Records for digital objects
  15. 15. Year Three Evaluation of Year-2 findings Secondary proposal Negotiating digitization of external materials Transfer of QUIP database Training consortium partners Creation of K-12 lessons QUIP Launch
  16. 16. Outcomes A centralized index on Qatari primary source materials is freely accessible Significant narrative objects about Qatar are given wider access We build bridges among cultural institutions Displaced primary sources are brought together digitally Stimulate awareness of Qatar’s rich history and traditions
  17. 17. Thank you for listeningif you are interested in participating… tmoe@qatar.vcu.edu

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