Friday, October 18, 2019

Open Access Archive - South Asia Open Archives

South Asia Open Archive
"The South Asia Open Archives (SAOA), a subset of the South Asia Materials Project (SAMP), creates and maintains a collection of open access materials for the study of South Asia. This major collaborative initiative is aimed at addressing the current scarcity of digital resources pertinent to South Asia studies and at making collections more widely accessible both to North American scholars and to researchers worldwide."
Nearly 350,000 page images in the collection! 
Historical research materials in English and other South Asian languages are being digitized and prepared by SAOA for online public access. This material includes, for example:

Colonial-era administrative and trade reports
Women’s periodicals
Newspapers and magazines
Census materials and gazetteers
Important literary and other monographic sources

Open Access Archive - Digital Palestinian Archive

Digital Palestinian Archive

"The Birzeit University Digital Palestinian Archive (BZUDPA) is dedicated to documenting the life of Palestinians and their institutions over the past century, from Ottoman times to the present.The project, launched in 2011, aims to preserve a large variety of documents, written and audio-visual, relating to the history of the Palestinian people over the past century, and donated by individuals, families and popular organizations. Birzeit, as a national university, is fully committed to placing its technical and academic resources at the service of this project, which continually digitizes, places online and makes available a wide variety of documents. "

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

American Center Of Oriental Research Photo Archive

American Center Of Oriental Research Photo Archive
ACOR Photo Archive
The American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) in Amman, Jordan, is a non‑profit, 501(c)(3) academic institution dedicated to promoting research and publication in the humanities and social sciences, with a particular focus on issues related to Jordan and the broader region.

The ACOR Library holds a remarkable photographic archive related to its role in preserving and promoting the country’s heritage. The complete collection, estimated to number more than 100,000 images, provides primary visual documentation of Jordan, including the major archaeological and cultural heritage projects that the center has sponsored across the country over the decades.

Given its broad range of content and subject matter, the ACOR Library photographic archive has the potential to be a crucial resource for American, international, and Jordanian scholars involved in cultural and natural heritage preservation and management.

As a first step in making this extensive archival collection available to researchers, the ACOR Library is cataloging, digitizing, and making accessible online ACOR’s major institutional and donated photographic holdings.
The project is supported by a U.S. Department of Education, Title VI grant (2016-2020)
The ACOR Research Library Photographic Archive Project is made possible under a Fiscal Year 2016  American Overseas Research Centers grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Use ACOR Photo Archive Images:
Request to use images

Read more about our archive policies: ACOR Library Photographic Archive Notice and Takedown policy

A Guide to Online Visual Sources in Middle East, North Africa, and Islamic Studies

A Guide to Online Visual Sources in Middle East, North Africa, and Islamic Studies by Amanda Hannoosh Steinberg the Visual Resources Librarian for Islamic Art & Architecture at the Harvard Fine Arts Library.

"Let’s face it: every publication is better with images. Whether it’s a presentation, a blog post, a book, or just a paper, images engage an audience instantly. The internet is flush with images from Islamic art, architecture, and society, but reliable sources (with credit information) are more difficult to track down. So we’ve done it for you! Here are some of the best sites for finding credited visual resources for Islamic, Middle Eastern and North African Studies. Feel free to suggest more in the comments and we’ll update the list!...
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Friday, July 5, 2019

125 More Arabic Scientific Manuscripts in the Qatar Digital Library

125 More Arabic Scientific Manuscripts in the Qatar Digital Library

"The second phase of the British Library/Qatar Foundation Partnership digitisation project has now come to a successful close. You can find lists of the 80 manuscripts digitised during the first phase of the project here and here, and as we enter the project’s third phase, we are delighted to present an overview and complete list of the 125 Arabic scientific manuscripts digitised during the second phase..."

See also: Alphabetical List of Open Access Islamic Manuscripts Collections

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Open Access Manuscripts Collection: Omani Ministry of Heritage and Culture

Omani Ministry of Heritage and Culture is making available more than 4,000 manuscripts in the fields of the Humanities, Hadith, Quran, Arabic Language, Jurisprudence, History, Literature, as well as Astronomy, Medicine and Marine Science.

 See also: Alphabetical List of Open Access Islamic Manuscripts Collections

[NOTE via Evyn Kropf: "Please note that these manuscripts are presently not being made available in their entirety open access, but for a fee (at this stage most manuscripts appear to be set at the price of 10 Omani Rials or about 25 USD)... Registration is also required. And images are watermarked.

It is however possible to search the database of descriptive data and to view an excerpt (looks to be around 10 openings or so) without registering or submitting payment.  "