Brill and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina to Conduct an Arabic Texts Digitization Workshop
Next week, in the framework of celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Leiden chair of Arabic, Brill and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) will conduct a training workshop on digitization of Arabic texts.
In the year 1613, Leiden University established one of Europe's very first chairs of Arabic Language and Culture. Its first occupant, Thomas Erpenius (1584-1624), laid out the rationale in his inaugural lecture 'Arab culture has a world of wisdom to teach'. This has defined the guiding principles of the study of Arabic at Leiden University ever since.
The Workshop continues this tradition and will be held in Leiden, bringing together participants from Lebanon, Turkey, Tunisia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Russia and various European libraries and institutes. The sponsorship of this workshop is an extension to Brill's rich quest to endorse the publishing of Arabic and Middle Eastern cultural content, which it has done since 1683. Brill has published hundreds of titles featuring the Middle East, Egypt and Islamic Studies, most notably the Encyclopaedia of Islam, the Index Islamicus and Middle Eastern Manuscripts Online.
Being the ambassador of promoting the Arabic language digitally, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina is keen to participate in this initiative which is in-line with its own mission and brings its well-forged expertise in the field of digitizing Arabic text into action. During the workshop, participants will be introduced to the latest digitization techniques developed at the BA through sessions on image processing and using optical character recognition (OCR) with Arabic texts, complemented by hands-on practical training.