Innovating Digital Heritage Preservation
As part of their shared commitment to safeguarding and maintaining cultural heritage, AUC and the Al-Turath Foundation have partnered to launch a new initiative aimed at developing innovative digital methods for historical preservation.
"The AUC Library and the Al Turath Foundation share a common vision and purpose through the commitment to the preservation and safeguarding of our rich cultural heritage,” says Lamia Eid ’88, ’92, interim dean of AUC’s Libraries and Learning Technologies. “We are dedicated to the creation, production and dissemination of knowledge, not only at the national and regional levels but also on a global scale.”
Holding a central role in the endeavor to explore heritage preservation, the partnership will foster collaboration in literature and translation alongside theoretical and field research initiatives, particularly in the areas of urban heritage and architectural restoration.
The initiative also aims to spark community interest, pride and investment into preserving national identity and culture. This will be achieved through enhancing the accessibility of cultural heritage through digital platforms and focusing on their documentation through research, publication, documentary film production and collaborative cultural events.
The impact of this partnership will be appreciated for generations to come: “In an era marked by rapid technological advancement, our collaborative efforts are indispensable for ensuring that our unique and rare collections are safeguarded for the benefit of future generations, particularly through innovative digital approaches,” Eid says.