Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Qalamos - connecting manuscript traditions


Qalamos is a portal for manuscripts from Asian and African writing traditions. The portal is being developed as part of the DFG project "Orient-Digital". Project partners are the Bavarian State Library in Munich, the Gotha Research Library, the Berlin State Library and the University Computer Center in Leipzig. 

"Qalamos provides direct access to metadata and digitised copies of Oriental manuscript collections in Germany. It comprises approximately 135,000 manuscript datasets from Asian and African script traditions containing descriptions of 120,000 physical objects written in more than "160 languages and 80 scripts..."

"In Qalamos, you can either search for a title directly or browse authority records for over 1,000 mainly Arabic, Persian and Ottoman Turkish works, which are partly linked to title records of the Integrated Authority File ( GND ) and Library of Congress Authorities ..."

"An important feature of Qalamos is authority control. The portal contains authority records of authors, copyists, owners and other individuals connected to a manuscript. ... "

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