Qatar National Library (QNL) Signs with Zepheira to Bring Collections to the Web

QNL is First Library in the Middle East to make the move to Linked Data technologies

Mar 28, 2016 · 3 min read

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28 March 2016 — — Qatar National Library (QNL) has signed with Zepheira to transform its collection catalog into linked data format and share it broadly on the Web. QNL is the first library in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to bring its collections to the Web with Linked Data technologies developed by Zepheira.

Dr. Krishna RoyChowdhury, Director of Library Information at QNL stated, “QNL is one of the leaders of modern, technology-driven libraries in the region. By introducing BIBFRAME, QNL will unlock valuable, authoritative bibliographic data. This is crucial to the access of knowledge and has been so perfectly created and managed by libraries for generations. We will be the first library in the region to take part in this initiative and publish Arabic content as Linked Data to the Web-enabling it to be explored via the search engines.”

“Zepheira is honored to have QNL as our first library partner in the Middle East,” explained Eric Miller, President of Zepheira. “We are looking forward to opening their tremendous collections to the Web, enabling scholars and citizens alike to more easily discover treasures in the Heritage Collection and Arab Law Collection, to name but two.”

QNL is taking a leadership role in the region, not only through revealing the full collection to a larger audience but also in bringing results in the local language. Zepheira is looking forward to making this remarkable, extensive collection not only available on the Web, but retrievable in Arabic and English.

QNL’s efforts in this area support Qatar’s journey towards a knowledge-based economy by spreading knowledge, nurturing imagination, cultivating creativity and preserving the nation’s heritage for future generations. It does this by providing access to a wealth of resources through its exceptional selection of online databases, regular training programmes, and social engagement initiatives.

About Qatar National Library

Bridging with knowledge Qatar’s and the Arab and Islamic world’s heritage and future.

Qatar National Library (QNL) is a non-profit organization under the umbrella of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF). QNL is supporting Qatar on its journey from a carbon-based economy to a knowledge-based economy by providing resources to students, researchers, and the community in Qatar. It was announced in November 2012 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development.

QNL carries out its mission through three functions: National Library, University and Research Library, and a Metropolitan Public Library of the digital age. The National Library function collects and provides access to global knowledge relevant to Qatar and the region. It also collects, preserves, and provides access to heritage content and materials about Qatar and the region. The University and Research Library function support education and research at all levels by providing printed and digital library materials for students and researchers. Metropolitan Public Library delivers library services and information for everyone to enjoy reading, meet people, and become information literate.

Learn more about Qatar National Library online at

Twitter: @QNLib

About Zepheira

Zepheira is a leading provider of software and services designed to help clients across industries make information available and more prominent on the Web. Founded in 2007, Zepheira has extensive experience creating products and solutions focused on the modernization of library information systems. Zepheira’s founders and staff have played key roles in pioneering the next generation of the Web, including the semantic technology underlying most Web applications. For more information find us online:

Twitter: @zepheiraorg
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