Kennen Sie schon … die „West African Arabic Manuscript Database“ (WAAMD)?

Screenshot der Website der WAAMD, aus dem Blogpost

WAAMD is a bi-lin­gual data­base that was devel­oped at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Illi­nois in the late 1980s to describe a col­lec­tion of Ara­bic man­u­scripts in south­ern Mau­ri­ta­nia (Boutilim­it). It sub­se­quent­ly has been used to com­pile a union cat­a­logue of oth­er West African col­lec­tions, includ­ing man­u­script libraries in West Africa, Europe and the Unit­ed States.
Since 2008 print cat­a­logues from West Africa pub­lished by al-Furqan Islam­ic Her­itage Foun­da­tion have been incor­po­rat­ed, and begin­ning in 2018 inven­to­ries from the SAVAMA-DCI project in Tim­buk­tu are being added.
This is a work in progress that will be expand­ing as addi­tion­al library data from West Africa is being made avail­able. WAAMD is host­ed by the Library of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley.

The data­base soft­ware was re-writ­ten in 2017/18 and is now com­prised of five inter­ac­tive data sets: the man­u­script records, their authors, the authors’ nis­bas, sub­jects, and the col­lec­tions them­selves. It has a search engine designed to iden­ti­fy man­u­scripts and authors when only frag­men­tary infor­ma­tion is avail­able, in Ara­bic or Latin char­ac­ters or a com­bi­na­tion of both. Where dig­i­tal images of man­u­script texts are avail­able, url links to the images appear in the records.
The data­base is pub­licly avail­able at no cost to users; and the WAAMD cat­a­logu­ing app is free to be down­loaded for local use. Thir­ty-odd fields in Ara­bic and Eng­lish cov­er all the descrip­tors nor­mal­ly employed in man­u­script work and users may cus­tomize the input fields for the needs of par­tic­u­lar col­lec­tions. We encour­age the inclu­sion of new­ly-cat­a­logued mate­r­i­al into the main data­base and ask read­ers to con­tact the edi­tors to help facil­i­tate this.“

Die Daten­bank ist online frei ver­füg­bar.

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