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    Memory of the Arab World Projectís Executive Committee Meets at Smart Village

    Date published: 25 January 2009

    Representatives of 20 Arab countries reviewed recent developments in the Memory of the Arab World project during the third executive committee meeting held from 20-22 January, 2009 in the Smart Village.
    The meeting was held under the auspices of Ministry of Communication and Information Technology and Alexandria Bibliotheca.
    Director of Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage (CULTNAT) Dr. Fathy Saleh said the meeting discussed the project's achievements since it kicked off 18 months ago.
    During the meeting, a work methodology was set for the upcoming phase which focuses on Arabic e-content and its importance, models of electronic heritage documentation and the roles of international organizations and libraries in preserving and documenting Arab and Islamic heritage.
    The meeting also figured out means of preserving different heritage arts like folklore, architecture and manuscripts as well as linking historic cities to Arab countries with the same timeline.
    Culture officials in Arab countries, representatives from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Arab League Educational Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) and Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) as well as a number of scientists and specialists in heritage documentation attended the meeting.
    The meeting participants tackled measures taken so far to develop the online portal of the project. The portal is divided into a map of the Arab World, a database and the common timelines connecting different historic eras with the Arab states.
    In addition, booklets highlighting Arab scientists' biographies, museums' possessions and info on folkloric heritage will be released. The project also facilitates Arabic and English content on the portal.
    Arabic online content accounts for about 5% of the total content on the internet. The percentage of registered Arab and Islamic heritage is no more than 16.5%.
    The Memory of the Arab World is a regional project that Arab Telecommunications and Information Council of Ministers approved in 2006.

    About CULTNAT
    The Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage (CULTNAT) was established in January 2000 as a project operating under the auspices of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT). In 2003, CULTNAT become an affiliate of MCIT and Bibliotheca Alexandrina. The center runs an array of projects and programs for the documentation of both the tangible and intangible aspects of Egypt's cultural and natural heritage, including archeology, architecture, manuscripts, music, folklore, caricatures, plastic arts and natural resources.

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