OTAP News: Number:9
Date: Fri, 10 Jan 2003 09:49:18 -0800
Dear OTAP group,
It has been some time between newsletters from OTAP. I want to assure you
that this does not mean that we are not hard at work. Let me summarize some
of the recent highlights.
- We have published our first original text (published only as an OTAP
web-text). This is the "Divan of Revani" initially edited by Mehmet
Çavusoglu and finished after his death by Ali Tanyeri and Mehmet Kalpakli.
The OTAP web edition was prepared by Walter Andrews and Stacy Waters. A
note of historical interest: this text was the original project out of
which OTAP and its related projects have developed. OTAP owes a great debt
to the late Mehmet Çavusoglu and his prodigious scholarship.
- We have decided to archive our texts not only as Unicode documents but
also as PDF or JPG documents to account for the fact that many of our users
will have pre-OSX Macintoshes that will not accommodate Unicode. As the
older models die out, this will no longer be necessary.
- We are reworking and updating our website in order to make it easier to
- Our Bilkent staff are working hard to produce new texts, of which we are
now displaying samples on the website.
- We are working on adding Arabic script text to the web-edition of Mustafa
Isen's tezkire sections from the Künhu'l-Ahbar and correcting the
typographical errors in the text.
- We have a group from the U. W. Information School working on a project to
develop a model for the Ottoman Historical Dictionary (OHD) databases and
- We are also spending a great deal of time searching for funding.
Please remember: We are counting on you to provide us with texts and are
willing to help you in any way we can to make the production of usable texts
easy and rewarding for you. If you have transcribed texts, are working on
transcribing a text, or planning to begin working on a text, feel free to
contact us for advice about preparing texts for web-publication. You should
also keep in mind that web publication does not mean that you cannot do
hard-copy (print) publication also. In fact, a text formatted for web
publication is also ready to print.
Please also feel free to contact us about questions or suggestions for our
projects or website.
Our best wishes for the New Year and success in your scholarly endeavors,
For the OTAP staff,
Walter G. Andrews
Department of Near Eastern Languages
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195