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Digital Archive for the Study of pre-Islamic Arabian Inscriptions

The digitization of the pre-Islamic Arabian inscriptions is done by means of a hybrid data entry/xml system.
The relational database is centered on the inscription as the main entity, which relates to all the other entities completing its description, according to DASI scientific needs. The system provides a specific module for the transcription and the encoding of the inscriptions, using a standard XML language (TEI/Epidoc).
The database ensures uniform and secure cataloguing, archiving and indexing of data and their sharing among multiple users via the web. This allows a rapid, but controlled growth of the community of participants, enriching the collection of epigraphs, which is a fundamental goal of the project.