Jewish Press: Joint Initiative to Collect Testimony of Jews from Arab Countries, Iran

Jewish Press: Joint Initiative to Collect Testimony of Jews from Arab Countries, Iran. “The San Francisco Bay Area based non-profit organization, JIMENA (Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa) has announced a new initiative to produce a comprehensive collection of Oral History testimonies of Jews from Arab countries and Iran. The project is a partnership with Israel’s Ministry of Social Equality (MSE), Beit Hatfutsot: The Museum of Jewish Peoplehood, and Ben Gurion University (BGU).”

Bellingcat: How to Collect Sources from Syria If You Don’t Read Arabic

Bellingcat: How to Collect Sources from Syria If You Don’t Read Arabic. “Information from groups involved in international conflicts has never been as accessible as it is now. Rebel groups run social media accounts, video of missile launches are posted to Twitter, and the production value of propaganda has skyrocketed. For researchers and journalists who do not master the Arabic language, the same problems still exist: how does one, with no knowledge of a region’s language, collect accurate and timely information? While traditional resources like translators and sources remain important to any non-native speaker, a number of tools and strategies exist on the internet for doing some if not most of the work yourself.”

Arabian Business: Guinness World Records sees 283% rise in Middle East applicants

Arabian Business: Guinness World Records sees 283% rise in Middle East applicants. “Guinness World Records has seen the number of applicants from the MENA region increase by 283% since it opened its first office in the UAE in 2012. To cater to the applicants, the global authority on record-breaking is launching a dedicated Arabic platform to serve audiences in the region.”

Al Arabiya: How Dubai-based digital artists reap dividends via social media

Al Arabiya: How Dubai-based digital artists reap dividends via social media. “Aspiring artists in Dubai are increasingly using social media platforms to share their work, develop their brand and expand their following. As these platforms transcend geographical boundaries, artists see them as the best place to showcase their talent and tap into opportunities in today’s competitive market. They use tools such as Twitter and Instagram to display their work and build networks in the hope that their products and services get the market they deserve.”

Social Media in the Middle East: The Continued Rise of Messaging Apps (Medium)

Medium: Social Media in the Middle East: The Continued Rise of Messaging Apps. “This is the first in a series of ten short extracts from my sixth annual round-up of social media trends from the Middle East and North Africa (written with University of Oregon student Amanda Lam). Social Media in the Middle East: The Story of 2017 is available for download from the University of Oregon Scholars’ Bank and on Scribd, SlideShare and Academia.edu.”

Egypt: First Arabic citation index worldwide to be launched in Egypt

Egypt Today: First Arabic citation index worldwide to be launched in Egypt. “The Ministry of Education has taken several steps to enhance education in Egypt, which is part of Egypt’s 2030 vision to cultivate economic and social justice and reviving the role of Egypt in regional leadership. Launching the first Arabic Citation Index (ARCI) worldwide comes at the top of these efforts.”

Al-Fanar Media: Portal Gives Researchers More Public Exposure

Al-Fanar Media: Portal Gives Researchers More Public Exposure. “Arab researchers have long complained about the lack of public interest in and support for their research, which leaves their work forgotten in the filing cabinets of academic institutions and research centers. But a new project based in the Lebanese capital seeks to change that. The online tool, known as the Portal for Social Impact of Scientific Research Targeting Research in/on the Arab World, or PSISR, was launched last month by the American University of Beirut’s Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs.”