4,000 Omani manuscripts go online
Researchers, academics and culture enthusiasts from around the world now have 4,000 Omani manuscripts on their fingertips, thanks to a new digital platform.
Launched under the patronage of H H Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq al Said, Minister of Heritage and Culture, the first-of-its-kind project in the sultanate (http://manuscripts.mhc.gov.om) enables reading the manuscripts online, in addition to obtaining a digital copy of a manuscript for a fee.
In line with its efforts to lead the digital transformation in the country, Omantel has supported the project by creating a platform that is user-friendly. It has also been equipped with an index to easily browse through the manuscripts.
To read the manuscripts, users need to register on the platform for RO20 annually. They can also save a copy by paying RO10 for each manuscript, with or without the annual subscription.
The manuscripts digitisation project is yet another milestone in the cooperation between Omantel and the Ministry of Heritage and Culture (MHC). It aims to further promote Oman’s rich heritage and culture by allowing everyone to have an easy access to manuscripts, which will encourage more researches and studies within Oman and abroad.
Humood al Rashdi, head of Manuscripts Department in MHC, said, “We are glad to announce for researchers from around the world that accessing Oman’s manuscripts has never been easier. They can also obtain a digital copy of the manuscripts for offline use.
“This has been achieved after five years of hard work in collaboration with our strategic partner, Omantel, who ensured that the platform is user-friendly and safe. This achievement will further promote Oman’s rich history, culture and heritage with ancient manuscripts in various areas of science.”
Haitham al Tamimi, project manager, ICT unit, Omantel commented, “We are proud to cooperate with MHC in this national project that promotes our rich history, heritage and culture that goes back thousands of years.
“We have worked hand-in-hand with the ministry to digitise 4,000 manuscripts with their indexes and information as well as to create an online platform where users from around the globe can easily browse through the manuscripts and obtain a digital copy for offline use.
“At Omantel, we make our best endeavours to utilise 4.0 technologies in building a sustainable digital society and support a knowledge-based economy through smart services and innovative solutions as well as our strategic partnerships with major public and private entities in the sultanate.”