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Sunday, February 03, 2008

Boutros-Boutros Ghali Archive

foI have been assigned to the Boutros Ghali archiving project since I moved to Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

My task description was to supervise/organize the digitization of the 31,650 documents, build an automated dataentry engine, and finally build a site to publish the documents.

The collection includes various documents related to the positions occupied by Boutros Ghali as:

1. The Egyptian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs from 1977 till early 1991. This group includes important documents pertaining to Egyptian foreign affairs, such as the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Camp David accords and Egypt’s role in the African and Arab region.

2. The Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1992 to December 1996. The BA has obtained the documents of his Excellency’s meeting notes for years 1993, 1994, and 1996.

A great effort was exerted in order to categorize the documents based on their type, their language, and finally their contents. So far the following categories have been established: reports, letters, press, treaties, speeches, conversations, and meeting notes. The collection contains documents in a numerous languages, including Arabic, English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, and Indian. The contents of the documents have also been categorized under UN, Arabic Israeli Conflict, Africa, Middle East, South America, North America, Asia, and finally Europe, as Egypt’s foreign relations were extending all over the world.

In order to achieve this classification, an indexing application was developed, working as the backend that helps to reorder the scanned documents, assemble related pages in one job entry, assign each job to its category and finally insert the metafield values (date, title…etc.)

Furthermore, the indexing application reduces the time required for data entry by directly OCRing the portions of the pages having the important fields and saving their values to the Database.

A website interface is being designed and the site itself is currently under development for the publishing of the collection.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Dr Azeez Sedky has passed Away

Dr Azeez Sedky, the minister of industry during the edge of Nasser and Sadat, the 88 years old, passed away in Paris.

I respect that man too much, he is named as the Father of Egyptian Industry. He built all the manufactures in Egypt after July revolution. He could move Egypt from an agriculture country to an industrial one.

The failure of his manufactures doesn't reflect his great work, he put everything on the track. The policy in Egypt now is to sell all the manufacturers built before.

I didn't find resources talking about him on the internet..this is weird.

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NO Connection.....NO Cable!!

We have experienced internet service disruption on Wednesday. More than 90% of Egyptians couldn't have access to the internet.
AS we know it was due to corruption of the submarine Flag Telecoms(in the Mediterranean sea).
FLAG Telecoms operate the Fiber-Optic Link Around the Globe (FLAG), a 28,000km long submarine communications cable.

the disruption in Egypt caused many problems in other countries in the middle east, India also was affected by this disruption and up to 60% lock.

No figures about how much does the disruption wasts in Egypt, this is normal case as we don't have any statistical engines able to collect numbers and reports fired by any event.