DOHA (Bernama) – Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), Qatar National Library (QNL) and the British Library on Monday announced the second phase of their ongoing partnership.
The next stage of this productive collaboration will last until December 2018 following the initial partnership announced in 2012, which has raised awareness of Gulf and Middle Eastern history.
Phase two will see the digitisation of 1,125,000 pages of rare, historical documents that will be shared with the public through QNL’s online Qatar Digital Library (QDL) in a bid to significantly enhance current understanding of the Islamic world, Arab culture and the Gulf’s regional history.
Qatar Foundation’s mission is to foster a progressive, engaged society that is appreciative of its heritage and traditions, and interested in furthering learning and knowledge in support of the nations priorities as set out in its 2030 Vision.
As a member of QF, QNLs vision is bridging Qatar’s past and future through knowledge by sharing valuable information and cultivating creativity through an exceptional selection of printed and digital resources, regular training programmes, and social engagement initiatives.
This next phase will focus on digitising historical documents from Britain’s Indian Office Archive including papers of the Political and Secret Department, political and military records, letters, photographs, maps and medieval manuscripts relating to Gulf and Arab regional history.
Building on the success of the first phase of this collaboration, the Qatar Digital Library will add an additional 970,000 pages from the India Office Records dating from the mid-18th century to 1951 as well as historical maps and photographs.
Further highlights will include 56,000 pages of Arab Islamic Sciences manuscripts, and approximately 100,000 pages from private papers.
Following digitisation, the material will be added to the Qatar Digital Library which originated out of the first phase of the partnership and was launched in October 2014.
Commenting on phase two of the agreement, President of Qatar Foundation Saad Al Muhannadi said that the planned new material will preserve and add rich new insights into the history of Qatar, the Gulf region and Arab and Islamic history and culture.