Egypt calls for more digitization
INTERNET| May 4, 2011, 12:41 p.m.
Egypt’ s Communications Minister has stressed the importance of digitising more Arabic books and documents.
Speaking at the first Exhibition and Conference of Electronic and Academic Books at Cairo International Conference Center at Nasr City, the minister, Dr. Magued Osman, said the event recognized the importance of building a knowledge society.
He called for more awareness of the importance of the digital Arabic content and the digital book in the educational process.
Dr Osman added that more effort was needed to support the e-documentation of the Arabic heritage in fields such as science, Islamic texts and architectural heritage, among others.
He noted that this would not only preserve a heritage, but also make the information more widely available.
With this in mind, his ministry has collaborated with various publishers, including Dar Al-Kutub and Dar El-Maaref, to digitize the most important Arabic books, totaling around 20 thousand titles.
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