“Arab Digital Content” Project
Given the growing importance of digital content in today’s world, the ATF Research and Studies Center launched the Arab Digital Content Statistical Observatory to compile, catalogue, describe and evaluate Arab e- content by using scientific means to foster all forms of knowledge. The project is sponsored by the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, a Saudi Aramco initiative.
Arab Digital Content consists of all texts published in Arabic online, whether in Arab countries or abroad, in addition to audio recordings in Arabic or video recordings of Arab origin. The project includes:
The Statistical Observatory of Arab Digital Content, “Marib”: A statistical database of Arab Digital E-Content which can be accessed through ATF’s webpage or at: www.arabdigitalcontent.com
- The Statistical Observatory uses a sample of 20,451,084 information units covering the period between 1995 and December 31, 2011. The content will eventually be updated on a regular basis.
- Inaugural Report on Arab Digital Content (Status, Significance, and Challenges): The book uses data from the statistical observatory to present an analytical and critical overview of Arab Digital E-Content by highlighting its current status, significance, and major challenges. The book offers a description of Arabic content, publishing platforms (websites, forums, blogs, and social media) by Arabic countries, and over time evolution. The assessment of the Arab Digital Content includes a wide range of very important cultural, intellectual, media, social and economic issues.