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Digital Library of the Middle East 2017-10-26T04:18:54+00:00

The Digital Library of the Middle East would create a digitally based, internationally shared inventory of cultural artifacts that includes detailed descriptions and images, and confirms objects’ ownership and legal status. This information would help determine whether an item of cultural or historical significance offered for sale or being transferred was acquired illegally.

Digital Library of the Middle East (DLME)

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is working with The Antiquities Coalition and other institutions in the United States and abroad to explore the feasibility and technical prototyping of a Digital Library of the Middle East (DLME). The DLME would create a digitally based, internationally shared inventory of cultural artifacts that includes detailed descriptions and images, and confirms objects’ ownership and legal status. This information would help determine whether an item of cultural or historical significance offered for sale or being transferred was acquired illegally. Images and brief descriptions from the DLME could be made publicly available to encourage greater understanding of the region’s cultural legacy and respect for the importance of the cultural commonwealth, while helping to safeguard a fundamentally important expression of our humanity.

The initial stage of this work is supported with a planning grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Our Media on the DLME

Antiquities Coalition Partner CLIR Receives $1.12 Million To Implement Platform And Processes For Digital Library Of The Middle East

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) $1.12 million to implement a sustainable, extensible digital library platform and set of curatorial processes to federate records relating to the cultural heritage of the Middle East.

By | April 3rd, 2018|

Protecting Cultural Heritage From Terrorism And Mass Atrocities: Links And Common Responsibilities

On September 21, 2017 at the United Nations General Assembly meetings, international diplomats, NGO representatives, and experts convened at the UN for a program called "Protecting Cultural Heritage From Terrorism And Mass Atrocities: Links And Common Responsibilities."

By | September 26th, 2017|

Qatar National Library Joins International Network of Partners Contributing to Digital Library of the Middle East, an Antiquities Coalition Initiative

Contact: dlmepress@clir.org Washington, DC, August 22, 2017—The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and Qatar National Library (QNL) yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for cooperation to develop, enhance, and make available digitized cultural [...]

By | August 22nd, 2017|

CLIR, Antiquities Coalition Initiative Receives Major Grant from the Whiting Foundation

CLIR, Antiquities Coalition Initiative Receives Major Grant from the Whiting Foundation Washington, DC, May 22, 2017—The Whiting Foundation has awarded the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) $170,000 to design, implement, and launch a [...]

By | May 22nd, 2017|