Tuesday, 23 Jul 2019 | 20 Dhul Qidah 1440
Event highlights importance of digitising manuscripts

Event highlights importance of digitising manuscripts

Omani researchers have urged for significant actions to gather these treasures and join forces to develop a digital unit that will bring collectively all the digital projects presently becoming adopted by some government and private bodies.

Dr Saleh bin Sulaiman al Zehaimi, chairman of Trans Gulf Information Technology Company, in a paper presented throughout a seminar organised by the National Commission for Education, Culture and Science, stated, “In order to establish a unified national project to put the Omani manuscripts on the Internet in accordance with the international standards, it requires us to identify existing projects in the digital field.”

The occasion was held in collaboration with the Oman Memory Centre on the occasion of Arab Manuscript Day.

Dr Zehaimi added, “The Ministry of Heritage and Culture is diligent in digitising the Omani manuscripts and has gone a long way in this respect. The issue still needs double effort in this aspect to put this treasure on the Internet. The National Records and Archives Authority (NRAA) is making great efforts to digitise the Omani manuscripts; many of them are outside the sultanate, but they have been reached.”

Sultan bin Mubarak al Shaibani stated in a paper titled ‘Migratory Manuscripts, Problematic Concept and Meaning’ several immigrant manuscripts positioned in distinct components of the planet. Many individuals do not know about these treasures and so we must catalogue, describe and spread awareness relating to them.

“They are not less important than many Omani manuscripts, especially if we consider the Omani manuscripts as messengers of peace.”

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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