Darah of­fers a quar­ter of its Ara­bic con­tent on­line

Arab News - - News Saudi Arabia - Lo­jien Ben Gassem Riyadh

The King Ab­dul Aziz Foun­da­tion for Re­search and Ar­chives (Darah) re­cently launched its open ac­cess ini­tia­tive after 5 years of hard work, of­fer­ing a quar­ter of its Ara­bic con­tent on­line for read­ers as part of its elec­tronic trans­for­ma­tion plan.

Darah’s ef­forts align with the prin­ci­ple of grant­ing ac­cess to knowl­edge as a hu­man right, guar­an­teed by in­ter­na­tional laws. “The project started in 2017, which aims to achieve the ob­jec­tives of the King Ab­dul Aziz Foun­da­tion (Darah) to make knowl­edge avail­able through mod­ern tech­nolo­gies and fa­cil­i­tate ac­cess to it for schol­ars, re­searchers and read­ers,” said Sul­tan Al-Owairdy, di­rec­tor of dig­i­tal me­dia man­age­ment at

Darah. “It is also in re­sponse to Riyadh’s call for open ac­cess to sci­en­tific in­for­ma­tion.”

This move came as a re­sult of Darah’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in In­ter­na­tional Open Ac­cess Week after con­tribut­ing to the ac­tiv­i­ties with lec­tures and ex­hi­bi­tions.

Darah has se­lected 83 pub­li­ca­tions of dif­fer­ent top­ics re­lated to Saudi, Is­lamic and Arab his­to­ries, ge­og­ra­phy and ar­chae­ol­ogy. Th­ese books have been pub­lished at dif­fer­ent times since Darah’s in­cep­tion.

“The web­site is avail­able for free; you can browse the web­site of the King Ab­dul Aziz Foun­da­tion by en­ter­ing the Darah store and click on open ac­cess books, and by down­load­ing the books pro­vided. The browser should com­ply with the con­di­tions men­tioned on the web­site,” Al-Owairdy said.

The con­di­tions in­clude down­load­ing/print­ing the con­tent of the web­site for read­ing, with­out re­pro­duc­ing/copy­ing/stor­ing in re­trieval sys­tems or trans­mit­ting it by any means with­out Darah’s con­sent.

Darah ap­plies the Creative Com­mons At­tri­bu­tion–NonDeriva­tive (CC-BY-ND) li­cense to the works they pub­lish. This li­cense was de­vel­oped to fa­cil­i­tate open ac­cess, free im­me­di­ate ac­cess to and un­re­stricted re­use of books and re­search.

HIGH­LIGHT

This move came as a re­sult of Darah’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in In­ter­na­tional Open Ac­cess Week after con­tribut­ing to the ac­tiv­i­ties with lec­tures and ex­hi­bi­tions.

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