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Over its three days, MEPPI heard from speakers from such collections and institutes as the Akkasah Center for Photography at New York University Abu Dhabi, the Qatar Digital Library, the currently closed Marrakech Museum for Photography and Visual Arts, Turkey's SALT, Egypt's Contemporary Image Collective and Jordan's Department of Antiquities. These speakers addressed the many practical challenges faced in setting up or running their photo archives or institutes, in at times difficult political situations. The challenges of digitizing collections – integral to current archival and preservation processes – and making digital collections accessible both featured prominently in discussions.Clemence Cottard, head of collections at the AIF, reminded the symposium that funds for digitization have only recently started to be available in the region. The symposium also heard about different platforms for hosting online photographic archives and discussed challenges relating to developing or sourcing the right platforms for collections, what data to include with files, and in which languages collections' important metadata should be recorded to maximize access.For more information on MEPPI, see meppi.me; for the Arab Image Foundation, see www.fai.org.lb.
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