v0.1 of (majallat) al-Muqtabas

Volume 6

We just released v0.1, the first proper release, of the journal al-Muqtabas. As per our release schedule this release includes the following: [Read More]
Tags: xml, page breaks, linked facsimiles, journal_al-muqtabas

Presentation of Digital Muqtabas at conference ‘Books in Motion’ in Beirut

I was invited to present Digital Muqtabas at the conference “Books in Motion: Exploring concepts of mobility in cross-cultural studies of the book” organised by Sonja Mejcher-Atassi, Hala Auji and James Hodapp (all AUB) that took place at AUB and OIB between 5-7 May 2016. The beautiful conference poster-cum-programme is available as PDF. [Read More]
Tags: presentation, conferences, digital editions, arabic periodicals

Workflow: Mark-up of page breaks

The following semi-automatic workflow allows to quickly mark-up page breaks and link them to facsimiles. Changes should be committed to GitHub after every step at the absolute minimum. [Read More]
Tags: documentation, how to, tei, workflow, xml, xslt

How to contribute

Go to GitHub and register a free account. GitHub has fantastic tutorials that you might want to study if you are not yet familiar with the service. Fork the repository of the edition you are interested in. Edit the XML of the edition. This can be done either directly on GitHub, with any text editor on your local machine, or an online XML editor such as oXygen web that can hook into your GitHub account Send us a pull request We will review and merge your changes. [Read More]
Tags: how to, social edition, xml

Archive.sakhrit.co’s failure as a source for digitsed imagery of Arabic journals

Recently, a colleague pointed me to yet another gray online library of Arabic material—one that was entirely dedicated to cultural and litrary journals. Arshīf al-majallāt al-adabiyya wa-l-thaqafiyya al-ʿarabiyya (archive.sakhrit.co) presents a large number of Arabic journals over very long publication periods, providing: [Read More]
Tags: review, resources, online libraries, digitized resources

Presentation at DiXiT Convention 2 in Cologne

I was invited to present Digital Muqtabas at DiXiT’s second convention on “Academia, Cultural Heritage, Society” that took place in Cologne between 14–18 March. The paper, titled: “The journal al-Muqtabas between Shamela.ws, HathiTrust, and GitHub: producing open, collaborative, and fully-referencable digital editions of early Arabic periodicals—with almost no funds”, was part of a panel on “Social Editing & Funding”, which I was lucky to share with Ray Siemens, who skyped in from Victoria, and Misha Misha Broughton. [Read More]
Tags: presentation, conferences