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Information And Communication Technologies For The Preservation And Valorization Of Manuscript Collections In Morocco

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This chapter begins with a review of major Moroccan manuscript collections and their contents, followed by a historical outline of the book trade in Morocco and the origin and evolution of the Maghribi script. It describes critical assessment of recent Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) initiatives, both institutional and individual, for preservation and valorization of manuscript collections in Morocco, with special emphasis on The Manuscript Treasures in the Kingdom of Morocco Project, to date the ICT-related initiative of this kind in Morocco. Championed by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and sponsored by UNESCO-Rabat Office, it targeted the selective digitization and complete cataloging of ancient manuscript collections hosted at three heritage libraries: the Qarawiyyin Library in Fez, the Ibn Yusuf Library in Marrakech, and the Library of the Great Mosque of Meknès. The chapter discusses the most recent research in automatic text transcription, indexing, searching and retrieval of Arabic historical manuscripts.

Keywords: Ibn Yūsuf library; Information and Communication Technologies (ICT); Moroccan manuscript collections; Qarawiyyin library



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