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The Wellcome Library, Bibliotheca Alexandrina and King's College, London have formed a partnership to create a free searchable on-line catalogue of 500 Islamic manuscripts in the Wellcome Library.

Wellcome Arabic manuscript cataloguing partnership

This project will see the creation of a specialised cataloguing system which will allow 500 Islamic manuscript metadata and cover-to-cover images to be accessible online.

Overview

The Wellcome Library, Bibliotheca Alexandrina and King's College, London have formed a partnership to create a free searchable on-line catalogue of 500 Islamic manuscripts in the Wellcome Library.

A cataloguing system will be designed to create and manage descriptive metadata for Asian manuscripts, as well as a website to enable sophisticated access to the metadata and images. 

Project Aims

The overall aim of this project is to provide remote access to Islamic manuscripts via rich metadata and associated digital images. 

Outputs and Outcomes

  • The main output will be a specialised cataloguing system for Islamic manuscripts.  This will help provide a standard for institutions holding Islamic manuscripts
  • Online access to metadata and cover-to-cover images
  • Technical and cataloguing specifications
  • Cataloguing tool
  • User guidelines
  • Catalogue records for 500 manuscripts

Project Staff

  • Christy Henshaw, Project Manager, Wellcome Library

Documents & Multimedia

Summary
Start date
1 September 2009
End date
28 February 2011
Funding programme
Digitisation and Content
Strand
Islamic studies programme
Project website
Lead institutions
Wellcome Library
Partner institutions
Topic