Ottoman Turkish manuscripts, periodicals in Europeana database

Part of the digitized material at Turkey's National Library is now available in a search platform to a collection of European digital libraries.

Ottoman Turkish manuscripts, periodicals in Europeana database

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey's National Library has become the first Turkish institution to participate in Europeana, a platform gathering the digital resources of Europe's museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections.

The launching of Turkish sources on Europeana has enabled nearly 27,000 manuscripts and about 10,000 magazines written in the modified Arabic alphabet used by the Ottomans to be seen by a wider audience.

Europeana is a recently launched platform allowing people to access digital resources from cultural institutions across Europe and it collects cultural institutions and centers on a common ground.

National Library General Director Tuncel Acar told the Anatolia news agency that the process of Turkish sources' inclusion into Europeana began when European officials invited Turkey to join through Ankara's Hacettepe University.

“We included National Library works in [Europeana] after signing a protocol,” he said.

While highlighting that the manuscripts are historical artifacts that are unique and cannot be sold, Acar said it is an honor for the library to join Europeana. He also noted that Turkish will be added to the interface's language options.

In addition to manuscripts, printed books have also been converted into digital media for the platform, Acar said.

“For example, we have a book of letters that [Ottoman Sultan] Fatih Sultan Mehmet wrote to the Vatican. It was published in 1475. This book is as valuable as a manuscript because it was published hundreds of years ago.”

Last Mod: 24 Ocak 2011, 16:23
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