Iranica revamped online
10 Apr 2010 19:02
Encyclopaedia Iranica has relaunched its website. New features include
an improved search function, commenting and tagging capabilities,
content sharing capabilities via e-mail and other networking sites.
Background on the project...
Encyclopaedia Iranica: An Iranian Love Story
After Sept. 11, 2001, journalists turned to Encyclopaedia Iranica to learn about
Afghanistan, part of the "Iranian cultural continent." The staff of Iranica,
headquartered at Columbia University's Center for Iranian Studies, is now at work
on the 13th volume, which includes the letter "I,"--and the current focus: Iran.
Despite his smiling face on the Encyclopaedia Iranica Web site, managing editor
Ahmad Ashraf tends to wear a solemn countenance and drives himself and his staff
as if they were on a newspaper deadline.
Housed in a small duplex in the back of a stately turn-of-the-century building near
Columbia University, the tension is palpable inside. It may not be like the first draft
of history that journalists have to rush out, but a race against time nevertheless to pare
down centuries of work sometimes known only to an aging few, then struggling with
the thankless task of rendering it into clean, lucid English translations from Persian,
French, Chinese and other languages. Continue reading...