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IBM helps preserve Egyptian national archives

Digital documentation project for National Archives of Egypt to preserve cultural documents

IBM helps preserve Egyptian national archives
The project will preserve documents from the National Archive of Egypt, like this A divorce document dated at 22-7-934 Hijri (1534 AD) stated by Old Masr court.

IBM is to collaborate with the government of Egypt on a digital documentation project for the National Archives of Egypt (NAE).

The project, which includes the Egyptian Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, will aim to create high resolution scans of over ten million documents over the next five years, and to develop a database of 90 million document records.

Egyptian Prime Minister Dr Ahmed Nazif will inaugurate the project, which aims to preserve a wide range of cultural and heritage documents, and improve access and management of resources.

IBM will work with partners United Company for Services and Integrated Systems (Allied Soft), and System Integrator (SI) Company, to deploy a digital scanning laboratory to scan document, along with development of the official website for the NAE which will host selected documents, and the implementation of new technology at the NAE research room to improve facilities for researchers. Over 2,000 jobs will be created by the project.

Amr Ghoneim, general manager, IBM Egypt commented: "This project to create a digital archive and website for the National Archives of Egypt is the culmination of ten years experience of IBM working with the Egyptian government to help preserve and increase awareness of ancient Egyptian heritage.

"With important projects like this, alongside Eternal Egypt and the Egypt Memory projects, we are proud of the role we are playing in using advanced technologies to link past, present and future and ensure that world benefits from Egypt's great cultural heritage," Ghoneum said.

"Availing job opportunities represent a key priority for the Egyptian government and align with the Ministry of Communication initiative for "developing the domestic demand", through the support of Information Technology companies. In addition implementing labour-intensive projects is considered to be one of the basic plans to confront what might be caused by the World Economic Crisis. We are pleased that IBM has a vital role in these kinds of projects which use large numbers of workers and contribute to the achievement of these priorities," he added.

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