Memory of Modern Egypt

27 Oct 2008 The Launch of Memory of Modern Egypt Alexandria, Egypt, October 27, 2008 – The International School of Information Science (ISIS), a Bibliotheca Alexandrina-affiliated research center, and the BA’s Special Projects Department have unveiled a definitive digital repository of materials documenting Egypt’s rich modern history, available to all in an expansive, multidimensional online archive. The Memory of Modern Egypt project provides an authentic and comprehensive look at culture, politics, and social life in Egypt, from the era of Mohamed Ali in 1805 to the end of Al-Sadat’s presidency in 1981, that no other single library or collection can offer. The project, in keeping with the mission of the BA, aims to preserve the past through the use of the latest in information technology. The repository features first-hand collections from the families of significant figures in Egyptian history, such as Prime Minister Mohamed Mahmoud Pasha and members of the politically active Botroseyya family, as well as collections from Dar Al-Hilal, the National Archives of Egypt (Dar Al-Mahfouzat), and Dar Akhbar Al-Youm. These sources, which have undergone a lengthy amassing and digitization process, have been made available in a repository with an underlying infrastructure that allows for continuous content expansion, and with an interface that facilitates easy navigation and reflects the multidimensionality of the material. Comment by: Dina Abu Elela
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