Other exhibitions currently available on the DLME focus on Egyptian and Near Eastern female figurines, and on how the DLME supports cultural heritage preservation.
The DLME will ultimately encompass text, video, photographs, archives, manuscripts, 3D data, and maps illuminating the region's history over 12 millennia, curated by scholars and specialists.
The DLME will ultimately encompass text, video, photographs, archives, manuscripts, 3-D data, and maps illuminating the region's history over 12 millennia, curated by scholars, specialists, and members of the living and vital cultures it represents.
"A digital bridge, like the successful platform prototype of the DLME, is a multidimensional bond, bringing together many countries, people, and perspectives to collectively celebrate the preservation, access, sustainability, and wonder of our cultural heritage," said Charles Henry, President, CLIR.
DLME partners include cultural heritage organizations worldwide, who aim to contribute to a globally available resource that provides detailed descriptions and images of artifacts, along with culturally nuanced information about the objects' histories and provenance.
"Through close collaborations with the stewards of the cultural heritage of the Middle East, the DLME aspires to bring the full richness of that long history to students, teachers, scholars, and citizens throughout the region and around the world," said Daniel Reid, Executive Director, Whiting Foundation.
The DLME will play a fundamental role in raising awareness and advancingunderstanding of the MENA region's cultural heritage.
In conjunction with the launch, sample exhibits and case studies are being curated for the website, at dlme.clir.org .
In addition to curating the QDL, QNL, a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, is a founding partner of the DLME
, a collaborative effort that aspires to create a sustainable digital environment for the cultural heritage of the Middle East and North Africa region.
Sohair Wastawy, Executive Director of QNL, a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), said: "We are delighted to be a founding member of the DLME and to be a partner with CLIR.
Peter Herdrich, co-founder of The Antiquities Coalition, a core DLME founder, said: "Qatar National Library is an unrivaled international partner for the Digital Library of the Middle East.