Selections: A Conversation With Palestinian Museum’s Zina Jardaneh

Selections: A Conversation With Palestinian Museum’s Zina Jardaneh. “The Palestinian Museum, established in 2016, is a non-profit organisation dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of the Palestinian people. Recently, the museum launched The Palestinian Museum Digital Archive, which encompasses documentation and photos taken from the personal collections of Palestinian individuals and families, collections from institutions, such as unions and associations, and collections from specialists such as photographers and collectors.”

Google Blog: Helping children in the Arab world be safe online explorers

Google Blog: Helping children in the Arab world be safe online explorers. “Be Internet Awesome—our digital safety and citizenship program for children—is now available to more than 400 million Arabic speakers as Abtal Al Internet. The program is designed in a way that simplifies the world of internet safety and digital citizenship in a language children feel comfortable with.”

Trade Arabia: Google brings Lebanon’s rich history and culture to the world

Trade Arabia: Google brings Lebanon’s rich history and culture to the world. “Today, anyone with an internet connection can virtually explore the natural landscape of Lebanon including the pearl of nature Jeita Grotto, Al Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve, and learn about the country’s history from Baalbek & Temple of Jupiter. The team also captured The National Museum of Beirut which was reopened in 2016. The imagery also includes different universities some of which date back over a hundred years including the American University of Beirut.”

Voice of America News: Initiative Puts Human Face on Afghan Violence

Voice of America News: Initiative Puts Human Face on Afghan Violence. “Afghanistan Human Rights and Democracy Organization, a Kabul-based rights group, plans to exhibit mementos of war victims in several European countries in coming months. The group launched the initiative, named Memory Box, in 2011 with the aim of putting a human face on the ongoing violence in Afghanistan….In the meantime, the organization plans to launch an online museum. Work on the virtual museum is in its final stages and will soon launch make the stories of war victims available to anyone with an Internet connection.”

Gulf Digital News: Call to create database of highly qualified women

Gulf Digital News: Call to create database of highly qualified women
. “A CALL has gone out to create a database of highly qualified women in Bahrain as part of empowerment efforts. A need for such a database has risen from the importance of further expanding networks when looking for qualified women to take a seat on boards of directors.”

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.”