Beyond orality: digital preservation and the African Ajami Library
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This talk will provide an overview of the African Ajami Library (AAL), an open access digital repository of materials written in Ajami script (modified Arabic script) from all over Islamized Africa, which is hosted in OpenBU at Boston University. AAL is a collaborative initiative between Boston University and the West African Research Center (WARC) in part funded by the British Library’s Endangered Archives Programme. We will discuss use cases of collaborations from both East and West Africa, along with more general technical digitization workflows, lessons learned, and opportunities for international scholars to engage more deeply with these manuscripts.
Virtually presented by Eleni Castro, Gabe Adugna, and Rachel Dwyer for the 2020 Digital Commonwealth Annual conference on April 7, 2020.
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