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Digital Archive for the Study of pre-Islamic Arabian Inscriptions

Final Report Summary - DASI (Digital Archive for the Study of pre-Islamic Arabian Inscriptions)

DASI – Digital Archive for the study of pre-Islamic Arabian inscriptions is an ERC project (2011-2016), led by Prof. Avanzini of the University of Pisa, that aims at getting the whole corpus of pre-Islamic Arabian inscriptions inventoried and digitized, to enhance historic and cultural knowledge of Ancient Arabia and strengthen the linguistic study of texts.
About 9,000 Ancient South Arabian, Ancient North Arabian (University of Oxford) and Aramaic inscriptions (UMR 8167, CNRS-Paris) have been digitized, thus providing a comprehensive repertoire of the pre-Islamic Arabian epigraphy, collecting inscriptions previously edited in paper-based publications, plus a number of epigraphic collections documented for the first time in museums all over the world.
The hybrid data base/xml system, developed by the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, consists of three main components: a relational database, a data entry and a front end. The database stores not only metadata, but also texts encoded in XML format according to the EpiDoc standard, being the data entry provided with an editing module specifically developed to encode pre-Islamic Arabian inscriptions.
The front end [] gives free access to the inscriptions. Users can browse content by different Indexes (Corpora, Collections, Epigraphs, Objects and Sites) and filters on metadata. Moreover, thanks to the xml mark up of the textual features, users can perform complex searches on texts through the Textual search and the Lists of words in alphabetical order (both for lexicon and onomastics).
DASI data are also available for harvesting. An OAI-PMH repository allows service providers to provide DASI records, which have been mapped to several standards and data models: DC, EDM and EpiDoc.
Partners: University of Pisa (Italy); Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa (Italy)
Funders: European Community. Seventh Framework Programme “Ideas”. Specific Programme “ERC – Advanced Grant”