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Webinar: Digitizing Islamic manuscripts from Timbuktu

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This video outlines Aluka’s efforts in 2006-2008 to digitize the Islamic manuscripts being held in Timbuktu, Mali in private libraries. The narrator is Harlan Wallach, Director of NUAMPS. The presentation goes into the technical aspects of setting up a digital lab in Timbuktu, the partnership we formed with SAVAMA (L’Organisation Non Gouvernementale pour la Sauvegarde et la Valorisation des Manuscrits pour la Défense de la Culture Islamique (ONG SAVAMA-DCI)), and the subsequent results on Aluka.

Once again, it was recorded with Camtasia and broadcast with GoToWebinar. Harlan was speaking from Chicago, I was recording in Princeton, and we had moderators working from New York. I produced the audio with Audacity.

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About Author

My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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