The research tool Project Jara’id started in 2009; and since 2011 it has been a constantly evolving chronology of historical periodicals in Arabic. All versions are only working versions that we publish online free for the scholarly community and the public. The Github page of the project is here, with the codes of Adam Mestyan and Till Grallert, and with contributions from Hugh Cayless. The latest dataset is published at Zenodo.
“La fabrique du Caire moderne” is a pilot project about urban development, architecture, Euro-Mediterranean entanglements and global investment in Cairo in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Its main goal is to combine thorough archival research with historical topographic iconography, using digital tools (visualization, GIS and TEI-XML texts), in order to produce a global urban history of the Egyptian capital. See more in the website. Follow us on Twitter at @cairemoderne !
“Project Naggari – The Books of a Sheikh in Nineteenth-Century Cairo” digitally reconstructs the large book collection of Sheikh Mustafa Salamah al-Najjari (d. 1286/1870), an important intellectual in late Ottoman Egypt. We use the 480 print and manuscript titles and valuations listed in his inheritance inventory as the foundation for our data set. From there, we attempt to identify and track down these works, which we then consult to enhance our data set via information that we gather by hand. Our goal is to visualize bibliographic, economic, geographic, and network data, in order to analyze what we know — and have yet to discover — about this world of texts. Currently, we created our data in TEI XML table format and now Mestyan is writing an XSLT transformation to “biblStruct” format. The blog of the project is here and the Github project files are here.