DB: Digital Library of Inscriptions and Calligraphies Alexandria
About the Digital Library of Inscriptions and Calligraphies
The Digital Library of Inscriptions is considered a digital recording of all inscriptions existing on ancient buildings and monuments throughout the ages. These inscriptions are digitally displayed for the user, including a brief description and pictures of the inscriptions.
The languages included in the Digital Library are Ancient Egyptian, Arabic, Turkish, Persian and Greek languages. Moreover, there are inscriptions bearing Thamodic, Musnad, and Nabatean scripts.
These inscriptions are digitally displayed for the user, including all the information that is related to those inscriptions such as the place of the inscriptions on the monuments and antiquities, the script used, the discovery place and the storage areas. Also, the era in which each inscription dates back to, and its dimensions. In addition, the user can obtain a detailed description of the inscription, with its images and a transcription, beside transliteration and translation of these inscriptions.
All the inscriptions have been documented; also, the scientific references that are related to these inscriptions have been published. In order to that, the user can access to this reference when he needs more details about a particular inscription.
The work-team at the Calligraphy Center took on the responsibility of launching the Inscriptions Digital Library with the aim of establishing an integrated library for a variety of historic writing inscriptions so as to preserve the cultural and historical heritage of the monuments and to document various written inscriptions down the ages within Egypt and outside it as well as make them available to scholars and researchers each in their respective field. Over and above, the approach adopted by the Bibliotheca of Alexandrina is the implementation of modern technology, and aims to achieve the library’s goal of being a pioneer in the digital field. A serious of inscriptions was published in Arabic, and other in English, that will be translated respectively.
It was selected the following group of scripts:
– Ancient Egyptian language’s scripts
– Arabic language’s scripts
– Persian language’s scripts
– Turkish language’s scripts
– Greek language’s scripts
– Others (Musnad, Nabatean, and Thamodic)
In its first phase the project proceeded to document a collection of languages with their various scripts, followed by the subsequent elaboration of the inscriptions particular to each script, as well as documenting a new collection of scripts and languages. Thus, the Inscriptions Library will become the first digital library to be concerned with various writings and languages in the world and down the ages. As such, it is distinguished from other digital libraries in an age when digital information is abundant and easy to access.
Source: Digital Library of Inscriptions and Calligraphies