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.”
Gulf Times: QNL launches Traditional Gulf Architecture Week. “During the week, expert panellists will explore the Arabian Gulf’s architectural identity and its wider cultural and economic history through the story of its traditional architecture from the 1700s to the 1960s. These events form part of the QNL’s Traditional Gulf Architecture Project, which seeks to create a digital archive of historical photographs, architectural maps and drawings, and publications relating to the region’s architectural heritage.”
Middle East Eye: Bahrain pledges tough crackdown on seditious social media accounts. “Bahraini authorities on Sunday pledged a crackdown on social media accounts which offended ‘national and traditional values’. Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid bin Abdullah al-Khalifa said the government was adopting ‘severe measures to deal with unprecedented chaos by disruptive social media accounts,’ in a statement published by the official Bahrain News Agency.”
Haaretz: Jewish Agency’s Sharansky: Open Archives on Immigration of Jews From Mideast and North Africa. “Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky has expressed support for making public all archival documents on immigration by Middle Eastern and North African Jews in the state’s early years, as a way to help learn more about the sending of such Jews to so-called development towns in the country’s outskirts.”
The National: New digital portal encourages visitors to explore hidden Abu Dhabi. “Did you know that the Saluki comes from a breed of dogs called greyhounds? Or that Delma Island helped quench Abu Dhabi city’s thirst for water in the 20th century? A landmark new digital portal that answers these questions and showcases the cultural riches of the emirate has been launched. It also shines a light on some of the hidden gems and takes users off the beaten track outside of the major attractions of the capital. Encompassing a new website, smartphone app and social media platforms, Abu Dhabi Culture is a one-stop guide for arts, culture and heritage.”
Arabian Gazette: Middle East Social Media Usage Trends Revealed. “The use, and adoption, of social media continues to rapidly evolve. A new white paper from Damian Radcliffe and Amanda Lam at the University of Oregon provides an up-to-date analysis of how people across the Middle East are using social networks, highlighting the rise of messaging apps, visual social networks like Instagram and Snapchat and occasional regulatory and other tensions.”
Express Tribune: Virtual reality to showcase old and unique heritage in Lahore: WCLA. “The Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) has decided to use virtual reality (VR) technology to showcase the old and unique heritage of the walled city… The authority is developing its new website that will offer VR tours of different sites of the walled city, especially historical monuments. These VR tours will enable the people to see the walled city from anywhere in the world, a spokesperson of the WCLA told The Express Tribune on Wednesday.” Lahore is a city in Pakistan with a population of over 11 million people.