Daily Sabah: WikiLala, ‘Google’ of Ottoman-Turkish documents, launches in full

Daily Sabah: WikiLala, ‘Google’ of Ottoman-Turkish documents, launches in full. “The online digital library project, ‘WikiLala,’ which brings together and aims to digitize all the printed texts from the Ottoman Empire since the introduction of the printing press, has recently launched a full version of its website which had been in beta for a while. Since its launch, the website has attracted more than 200,000 visitors from 107 countries.”

WikiLala: ‘Google’ of Ottoman-Turkish documents (Daily Sabah)

New-to-me, from Daily Sabah: WikiLala: ‘Google’ of Ottoman-Turkish documents. “The online digital library project, ‘WikiLala,’ which aims to gather and digitize all the printed texts from the Ottoman Empire since the introduction of the printing press, has been shedding new light on the empire’s history and culture. Thousands of books, magazines, journals, newspapers and various other manuscripts and documents have been digitized from Ottoman Turkish works.”

EIN News: Cumhuriyet, Turkey’s Stalwart Newspaper, Now A Digital Archive (PRESS RELEASE)

EIN News: Cumhuriyet, Turkey’s Stalwart Newspaper, Now A Digital Archive (PRESS RELEASE). “The full-image/full-text digital archive of Cumhuriyet — Turkey’s oldest daily and leading opposition newspaper — is now available as part of the East View Global Press Archive®. Cumhuriyet began publishing in 1924 as the founding newspaper of the Turkish Republic, and was established through the efforts of Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey.”

Times of Israel: Cambridge University publishes Jewish doctor’s vast 1930s Turkey photo archive

Times of Israel: Cambridge University publishes Jewish doctor’s vast 1930s Turkey photo archive. “Albert Eckstein, who later came to live in the UK, spent four years travelling around Turkey’s poorest regions, including Anatolia, and used his medical knowledge while there to help lower the child death rate, which was then as high as 50 percent in places. Eckstein died in 1950 aged 59, having served as a German soldier in the First World War, and this week the prestigious University published more than 1,000 of his photos, capturing the intimacy and poverty of the early Turkish Republic.”

Daily Sabah: Turkey’s biggest electronic music festival Big Burn Istanbul goes online

Daily Sabah: Turkey’s biggest electronic music festival Big Burn Istanbul goes online. “Big Burn Istanbul, which has hosted more than 65,000 music lovers over the past three years and stands out as the city’s most anticipated electronic music event, will go online due to COVID-19 measures. Big Burn Istanbul Digital Festival, Turkey’s first-ever digital electronic music festival experience, will go live with 16 hours of performances on two different stages.”

Just Launched: Web Archive of Independent News Sites on Turkish Affairs (Columbia University Libraries)

Columbia University Libraries: Just Launched: Web Archive of Independent News Sites on Turkish Affairs. “I am pleased to announce the launch of the Web Archive of Independent News Sites on Turkish Affairs. Developed by librarians within the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation, the archive documents and preserves online news outlets about Turkey that are not controlled by the state. These sites provide opposing views and news about events unfolding in Turkey on topics that may not be covered by state news outlets, such as: migration, terrorism, the environment, LGBTQ issues, wars, insurgencies, and on.”

International Journal of Science, Technology, and Society: Preservation of a Textile Culture Through a Digital Cultural Heritage

International Journal of Science, Technology, and Society: Preservation of a Textile Culture Through a Digital Cultural Heritage . This link goes to a PDF file. “This study will directly address an overview of digitalization practices on how Sümerbank fabric archive could add value to the preservation, protection and of Turkish textile cultural heritage. Sümerbank was one of the state-centered institutions, which was producing affordable printed cotton textile products in Turkey between the years of 1930-2000s. In this study, 6600 Sümerbank textile patterns which is produced between years of 1956-2001 had been digitized and built a website to create a network between researchers, designers, governmental and private institutions.”

OZY: A Fight Is On To Save The Sounds Of Turkey

OZY: A Fight Is On To Save The Sounds Of Turkey. “For years, the cacophony of Istanbul’s Kumkapi fish market evoked happy memories of childhood for Pinar Çevikayak Yelmi. As a little girl she would wander around the stalls with her father and listen to competing fish sellers holler out a bewildering array of names and prices, and share bursts of rapid repartee with customers. In March 2015, Yelmi was set to record the market for her sound archive ‘The Soundscape of Istanbul,’ but a week before her planned visit the decades-old market was abruptly torn down and its dozens of tenants displaced to make way for a mega infrastructure project — a road tunnel under the Bosporus. Istanbul has multiple fish markets, but few this large or evocative, and Yelmi felt its loss acutely. ‘It had a symbolic value for the city, but now it’s gone,’ she says.”

Al-Monitor: Turkish genealogy database fascinates, frightens Turks

Al-Monitor: Turkish genealogy database fascinates, frightens Turks. “For a long time, the official policy was that Turks formed a cohesive ethnic identity in Turkey. But less than two weeks ago, on Feb. 8, population registers were officially opened to the public via an online genealogy database. The system crashed quickly under the demand. Some people who had always boasted of their ‘pure’ Turkish ancestry were shocked to learn they actually had other ethnic and religious roots.”