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.”

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.”

Getty Iris: Ottoman-Era Photographs Take on New Meaning in Their Digital Life

Getty Iris: Ottoman-Era Photographs Take on New Meaning in Their Digital Life. “In the 1980s the French collector Pierre de Gigord traveled to Turkey and collected thousands of Ottoman-era photographs in a variety of media and formats. The resulting Pierre de Gigord Collection is now housed in the Getty Research Institute, which recently digitized over 12,000 of the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century photographs, making them available to study and download for free online.”

Ahval: Turkish historian launches digital archive documenting Armenian genocide

Ahval: Turkish historian launches digital archive documenting Armenian genocide. “Turkish historian Taner Akçam, a professor of Armenian genocide studies at Clark University in Massachusetts, has launched a digital archive of evidence collected by an Armenian genocide survivor which documents the atrocities of 1915…. [The archive] contains thousands of original Ottoman documents and Guerguerian’s unpublished writings, including the handwritten memoirs of Naim Bey, an Ottoman bureaucrat stationed in Aleppo who actively participated in the deportation and massacres of Armenians and documents from the Jerusalem Armenian Patriarchate containing first-hand information about the Armenian genocide.”

News Australia: New database will preserve records of Gallipoli battlefield artefacts forever

News Australia: New database will preserve records of Gallipoli battlefield artefacts forever. “AN ambitious, 13-year project to survey and preserve artefacts from the battlefields of Gallipoli is finally complete, with almost 2000 items ranging from rum jars to barbed wire, bullet casing and an old lunch-box uncovered.”

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.”