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PW-253861-17Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesIthaka Harbors, Inc.Arabic-Language Digitization Planning5/1/2017 - 12/31/2018$50,000.00John Kiplinger   Ithaka Harbors, Inc.New YorkNY10006-1895USA2017Arabic LanguageHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access500000500000

A project to investigate digitization and OCR methods for Arabic-language print materials, in order to develop workflows and digitization guidelines for Arabic-language scholarly journals. As a prototype, the project will digitize issues of the journal Al-Abhath, a quarterly publication of the American University of Beirut.

JSTOR is seeking a Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Foundations grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support research on the high-quality digitization and digital preservation of Arabic-language scholarly journals. The proposed research will include the development of digitization and indexing guidelines for Arabic-language scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences, and the digitization of a small test run of Arabic-language scholarly journal issues. An important consideration in this process will be how to digitize Arabic-language texts with optical character recognition (OCR) of sufficient quality that the content can be made available for full-text searching and crawling by search engines—key prerequisites for making scholarly texts fully discoverable online. The final project deliverable will be a freely available white paper documenting the lessons learned from our investigation.