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Abou Naddara Collection

Upper screenshot: shows the areas being marked and defined as image and caption. Lower screenshot shows the automatically created database entry based on the annotations shown in the upper screenshot.

The original Abou Naddara database was implemented by the HRA with Eliane Ettmüller of the Cluster's research project B1 “Gauging Cultural Asymmetries: Asian Satire and the Search for Identity in the Era of Colonialism and Imperialism” in Phase 2. It comprises a project website and browseable digital representation of all journals published by the Egyptian nationalist James Sanua (يعقوب صنوع, 1839-1912) from 1878 to 1910. The journals were digitised in the Medialab and published as open access resource. The data was enriched with bi-lingual metadata (Arabic and English) encoded in the standardized Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS).

In Phase 3 the HRA and Data Futures will revisit the Abou Naddara project in order to open up the digital collection to the latest annotation-based data-extraction workflows.

Since the project provided its records in MODS XML the metadata could be transferred to freizo at low cost. Data Futures freizo infrastructure adds filter and search functionality to the Abou Naddara Collection. It also adds state of the art presentation and browsing functionality using the Mirador viewer.

A customized version of Mirador's annotation function is currently used to create digital sub-collections of all the illustrations within the corpus.